(NAFB)--USDA announced yesterday the designation of eight new bio-based product categories for preferred Federal procurement - furthering goals of last year’s presidential memo designed to increase rural job creation and increase the number of categories and products eligible for preferred purchasing.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says companies across the nation create incredible new products from crops grown in the U.S. every day - expanding markets for ag and growing job opportunities in rural America. He says the designation of these new categories underlines the Administration’s commitment to strengthening the bio-based economy - and ensures the Federal government uses American bio-based products whenever possible. The eight new categories include aircraft and boat cleaners, automotive care products, engine crankcase oil, gasoline fuel additives, metal cleaners and corrosion removers, microbial cleaning products, paint removers and water turbine bearing oils. With these additional categories - the total is now 97 representing nearly 10-thousand types of products.