New biobased product categories announced for preferred Federal procurement

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the proposed addition of 12 biobased product categories for Federal procurement preference this summer. Upon approval of the ninth round of categories, more than 2,300 additional biobased products will be offered for preferred purchasing consideration by all Federal government agencies and contractors. This proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

Public comments will be considered and incorporated, and a final rule will be publicized.

Previously, Vilsack announced the addition of 13 biobased product categories, now eligible for Federal procurement preference. Click here to view the new biobased product categories and the final rule. Eligible categories, with soy-based products currently on the market, include:

  • asphalt and tar removers
  • asphalt restorers
  • candles and wax melts
  • inks
  • pneumatic equipment lubricants
  • and wood and concrete stains