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USDA/RBS RIN: 0570-AB05 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Biobased Markets Program (Biopreferred)  
Abstract:

Enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-334) on December 20, 2018 provides the legal authority for this rulemaking. This rulemaking is a continuation of the directives given by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79) and the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-234), and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-171).  The overall intent of this action is to add 2018 Farm Bill provisions for the Biobased Markets Program. Specifically, the action will codify program guidance into the regulations. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Provide criteria for determining which renewable chemicals may qualify to receive the label.
  • Develop North America Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes for renewable chemical manufacturers and biobased products manufacturers.
  • Provide criteria and guidelines for one streamlined integrated qualification process for biobased products under both the Federal procurement and labeling programs.
  • Ensure that a review of a biobased product under the integrated qualification process (1) may be initiated on receipt of a recommendation or petition from a manufacturer, vendor, or other interested party.
  • Ensure a procuring agency shall not establish more restrictive regulations, guidance, or criteria regarding the procurement of biobased products than what is called for in the Farm Bill.
  • Amend the program’s discretionary funding to $3 million per year.
 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 115-334   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Proposed Rule  10/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Andrew Jermolowicz
Assistant Deputy Administrator
Department of Agriculture
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
STOP 3250, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-3250
Phone:202 720-8460
Fax:202 720-4641
Email: andrew.jermolowicz@wdc.usda.gov