USDA BioPreferred Showcase
Welcome to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) internal BioPreferred Web site. This Web site was created specifically to outline Departmental BioPreferred regulations and policies.
Please visit the Federal BioPreferredSM Web site for information applicable to all Federal Government Agencies.
USDA's Departmental Management Office of Procurement and
Property Management is charged with the development and
implementation of a procurement preference program that
will increase the procurement and use of biobased products
What Is BioPreferredSM?
BioPreferred was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) to increase the procurement and use of biobased products by establishing:
A procurement preference program for
Federal agencies and their contractors, and
A labeling program to enable the marketing
of biobased products.
What Are BioPreferredSM Products?
As determined by the Secretary of Agriculture,
biobased products are commercial or industrial
products (other than food or feed) composed wholly
or in significant part of biological products including
renewable agricultural materials (plant,
animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials.
Making a difference with Biobased Products
The products you purchase have an impact on your day-to-day operations, but the impact goes beyond the local level. The choices we make in our procurement can have an impact on our country’s energy security, economy, and environment. BioPreferredSM makes it easy for you to make a difference by identifying biobased products for your purchase.
USDA is identifying biobased items, or
generic groupings of biobased products, that require
procurement preference by Federal agencies. Aside
from designating items, USDA specifies minimum
biobased content and provides information on
technical, health, and environmental characteristics
of products that fall under a designated item.
Last Modified: 08/26/2011