Nebraska Woos Biobased Companies

Joanna Schroeder

Nebraska is ramping up its bio-based partnerships and wooing new companies to move to the state. According to a recent Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), bioscience companies employ more than 16,000 people in the state with the industry growing at a faster pace than the national average. For instance, several global and national companies are already located in Nebraska, …

Agribusiness, biobased, Biofuels, Ethanol

USDA Announces $21M for Bioeconomy R&D

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made $21 million available to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products. The funds can also be allocated to train the next generation of bio-scientists. The funding is offered through the AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts challenge area designed to create or sustain jobs by improving existing food …

Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, biobased, Biofuels, biomass, USDA

Iowa Corn Gets Bio Process Patent

Cindy Zimmerman

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) has gotten a patent application accepted for a production method using corn in the industrial manufacturing of a raw material called monoethylene glycol (MEG). “Patenting this research will lead to advances in the production processes for corn-based bio-MEG eliminating the need for the petroleum ethylene derivatives currently used and creating demand for Iowa corn,” …

biobased, Corn

Biobased Industry Boosts US Economy

John Davis

A new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry adds $369 billion and 4 million jobs to the American economy. This news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that number is poised to grow under changes in the 2014 Farm Bill. “This report is the first to examine and quantify the effect of the U.S. biobased products …

Agribusiness, biobased, Biofuels, USDA

BASF Highlights Compostable Polymers at CSS

Leah Guffey

BASF has a biodegradable solution for plastics with ecovio® and ecoflex® technology. Ruth Watts, product marketing manager for BASF’s Biopolymers Group in North America, was at last week’s ASTA CSS & Seed Expo demonstrating the use of this type of packaging for agricultural applications. “This (ecovio) is new technology by BASF,” Watts explained, adding that ecoflex was the very first …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, biobased

USDA Seeks to Move New Products Into BioPreferred Program

John Davis

The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to move some new products into a preferred procurement initiative for federal agencies. USDA is using the 2014 Farm Bill to justify making available some new, biobased forest products in the BioPreferred® program, along with some other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced in innovative ways. “Today, …

biobased, Farm Bill, Forestry, USDA

USDA Spotlights Emerging Bioeconomy

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new report, “Why Biobased?” outlining current literature that explores opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. The report is a precursor for a more comprehensive economic study planned for release by the USDA BioPreferred program and will focus on the economic impacts of the biobased products industry. “This new report presents the …

biobased, USDA

Magic Dirt Wins Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The inaugural Bioproducts Innovation of the Year awards were announced this week at the Bioproducts World 2014 Showcase and Conference in Columbus, Ohio and a co-product of renewable energy was named the consumer Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award at this first annual competition. Cenergy USA of Little Rock, Arkansas won for the development of Magic Dirt, a recycled co-product …


USDA Biopreferred Program Grows Biobased Market

Cindy Zimmerman

The purpose of the USDA BioPreferred® program is to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products, so program manager Ron Buckhalt was a popular guy at last week’s United Soybean Board Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue. “The biopreferred program was created by Congress to help grow the market for biobased products,” said Buckhalt. “The idea being we can use …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

USDA’s Big Biobased Picture

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture takes a wide angle view of the biobased product picture which encompasses several different segments within the agency. At the USB Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue last week in Washington D.C. we heard from a number of USDA officials about what they are doing to expand biobased opportunities. One panel featured Rural Business Cooperative Service administrator Lilian …

Audio, biobased, Biodiesel, Soybean, USB, USDA