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Public procurement preference margin
In a final rule published in the Federal Register on April 1, 2013 (Vol.78 No.62) the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) amended the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement to add eight sections to designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded Federal procurement preference. USDA is also adding a new subcategory to one previously designated product category. USDA is also establishing minimum biobased contents for each of these product categories and subcategories.
While the program does not explicitly establish a preference for biobased products that are of domestic origin, its stated purpose "is to spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities."
As part of the Bio Preferred Program, USDA had published a proposed rule designating the following eight product categories for the preferred procurement program:
USDA also proposed to add the following subcategories to previously designated product categories:
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