Myla Kelly, Project Coordinator (406) 994-6948 myla.kelly@montana.edu BIOBASED  PRODUCTS  Defined  by  the  2002  Farm  Bill,  biobased  products  are  commercial  or  industrial  products  (other  than  food  or  feed)  that  are  composed  in  whole,  or  in  significant  part,  of  biological  products,  renewable  agricultural  materials  (including  plant,  animal,  and  marine  materials),  or  forestry  materials.  The  2008  Farm  Bill  extended  the  definition  of  biobased  products  to  include  biobased  intermediate  ingredients  or  feedstocks.  BENEFITS  OF  USING  BIOBASED  PRODUCTS    The  purchasing  of  biobased  products  helps  many  of  the  farmers  across  America  who  grow  corn,  soybeans,  and  other  resources  used  by  companies  in  the  biobased  industry.  Another  key  benefit  of  biobased  products  is  that  they  are  not  petroleum-­‐based.  This  helps  alleviate  the  consumption  of  resources  that  harm  the  environment  in  terms  of  biodegrability,  toxicity,  and  pollution.    USDA  has  established  minimum  biobased  content  standards  for  many  product  categories.  A  product  or  package  must  meet  or  exceed  the  minimum  biobased  content  percentage  in  its  given  category  in  order  to  use  the  Certified  Biobased  Product  label.    Where  US  Department  of  Agriculture  (USDA)  has  not  established  minimum  biobased  content  standards  for  a  product  category,  companies  may  apply  for  the  Certified  Biobased  Product  label  if  the  product  or  package  contains  a  minimum  of  25%  biobased  content.    BIOPREFERRED  PROGRAM    The  BioPreferred  program  is  a  Federal  initiative  designed  to  increase  the  development,  purchase,  and  use  of  biobased  products  made  from  agricultural,  forestry,  or  marine  materials.  The  BioPreferred  program  aims  to  increase  the  purchase  and  use  of  renewable,  environmentally  friendly  biobased    products,  while  spurring  job  creation  through  expanding  new  markets  for  farmers,  manufacturers,  and  vendors.    
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