United States Department of Agriculture

Selling Biobased Products

Selling Biobased Products In the Federal Marketplace

Federal agencies and their contractors are required to purchase biobased products within categories identified by USDA. The Federal and federal contractor market represent billions of dollars in purchases annually. Federal buyers and federal contractors seek biobased products that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing, that are cost-competitive, and that perform well. (Learn more)

Selling Biobased Products In the General Marketplace

Biobased products that are certified through the BioPreferred Program’s Voluntary Labeling Initiative are allowed to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on their packaging. This label allows consumers to easily identify that the biobased product has been third-party tested and verified for its percent biobased content. Consider if having your product certified will assist with sales. (Learn more)

BioPreferred® Program Catalog

Biobased products that qualify for Mandatory Federal Purchasing and/or that are USDA Certified Biobased Products appear in the BioPreferred® Program Catalog. If your products meet the requirements for one or both of these initiatives, please consider registering your company with the BioPreferred Program and entering your products' information by following the steps in the section below.

Criteria Demonstrating Innovative Approaches

Based on requirements in the 2014 Farm Bill, the BioPreferred Program is now open to forestry and other traditional biobased products. Now, all biobased products seeking eligibility to participate in the program must demonstrate innovative approaches in the growing, harvesting, sourcing, procuring, processing, manufacturing, or application of the biobased product. Criteria Details

Including Company and Product Information in BioPreferred® Program Catalog

There is a two stage process to enter company and product information in the BioPreferred Program Catalog.

  1. Request Level 1 USDA EAuthentication Account

    If you do not already have one, you must obtain an "EAuth" user ID and password. EAuthentication provides a proven security process for BioPreferred Program data. To create an EAuthentication account, and obtain an ID and password, access Create Eauth Account, and under "What type of user are you?" select on "Customer."
  2. Enter Company and Product Information

    Once the eAuth account has been created, access the Tools above. The "Company Tools" app allows companies to enter company and qualified product information in the BioPreferred Program Catalog, initiate a label application process, download labels for certified products, and complete other business functions.

A tutorial for Company Tools is available for download here.