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Michigan Event Promotes Positive Impacts From 2012 Farm Bill

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On Wednesday, BIO and MichBio co-hosted an event at the 2012 Mackinaw Policy Conference featuring Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.); Stephen Rapundalo, President and CEO of MichBio; Pete Pellerito, Senior Policy Consultant for BIO; and Marcos Dantus, co-founder of KTM Industries. Senator Stabenow announced new initiatives in the 2012 Farm Bill to advance Michigan’s emerging biobased manufacturing industry. The 2012 Farm Bill recently passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on a 16-5 vote. It supports emerging technologies Read More >

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Biobased Jobs, Grown and Made in America

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Last week brought exciting announcements from President Obama calling for the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States has the opportunity to leverage its leadership in biotechnology, agricultural productivity and manufacturing innovation to build a biobased economy. A biobased economy will continue to generate good jobs at home as the biobased product industry already employs more than 50,000 people Read More >

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Presidential Memo Expands Purchases of Biobased Products and Creates Jobs

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This week President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that challenges the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) already designates 64 categories of biobased products for federal procurement and this memorandum asks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase the number of both designated categories of and individual biobased products eligible for preferred purchasing by 50 Read More >

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Senate Hearing Focuses on Biobased Product Potential for Rural Job Creation

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The Senate Agriculture Committee today held a hearing on “Growing Jobs in Rural America” (watch the webcast). Dr. Marc Verbruggen, President and CEO of NatureWorks LLC based in Wayzata, Minn., and Dr. Oliver P. Peoples, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Metabolix, Inc. based in Cambridge, Mass., both BIO members, testified about their companies’ plans for growth and job creation. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chair of the committee, “called the rural economy a bright spot Read More >

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Biotechnology “Oozes Through Your Life”

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Author Stephanie Clifford details U.S. dependency on oil in a recent Sunday New York Times article about the many ways that Oil Oozes Through Your Life, from food ingredients to plastic containers to cosmetics and all the energy that ships products from factory to consumer. The article notes that “there are only a few alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals,” but no examples other than natural gas are given. This oversight was mentioned by the USDA’s Sarah Read More >

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