MARCH 5, 2012
Laurel Morales – Fronteras – February 21, 2012
FLAGSTAFF — The Obama Administration announced rules Tuesday that will help the biobased products industry grow. The government is encouraging agencies to buy more biobased soap, disposable forks, paint and other supplies.
There are 17 USDA biopreferred companies in Arizona, 110 biopreferred companies in California, five biopreferred companies in Nevada, three in New Mexico and 52 in Texas.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the goal is to help the environment, cut the nation’s dependence on oil and boost rural economies.
“The president’s memorandum is designed to provide for more contracts, more opportunities for these biobased businesses,” Vilsack said Tuesday during a briefing with the media. “That obviously is going to mean greater market share. That should lead to more businesses growing. That should lead to more jobs in rural America and the result (should be) a greater demand for what farmers and ranchers and growers can produce."