Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen To Keynote Plant Based Products Council’s Inaugural Conference

Governor Pillen to discuss state-level bioeconomy priorities

March 15, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) announced Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen as a keynote speaker at the PBPC 2023 Annual Conference: Circular Solutions. The keynote will address Nebraska’s bio-ecosystem and the role of renewable chemicals and biobased products in the state’s bioeconomy development plans.

PBPC 2023: Circular Solutions will take place at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., from Monday, Mar. 27, to Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2023. Owned and produced by PBPC, the association’s inaugural conferencewill explore the innovations, business models, and policies influencing the entire lifecycle of bioproducts in support of a more robust circular economy. Attendees will hear from, and network with, industry leaders, policymakers, brands, and experts through panels, keynotes, networking sessions, and more. Governor Pillen joins more than 20 speakers at this year’s conference, including Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Ian Jacobson, President of Eco-Products, and Matt Gardner, Board President of the California Biomanufacturing Center.

“Nebraska agriculture is known for its innovation and world-class products that feed the world and save the planet,” said Governor Pillen. “The future for biobased products and Nebraska agriculture is bright and we are excited to continue leading the way in growing agriculture.”

Governor Pillen, who grew up on a Nebraska farm and is the first active farmer elected as the state’s Governor in more than a century, identified growing agriculture as one of his priorities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University. After finishing his education, Pillen returned to Nebraska and opened a small animal and swine consulting practice. He eventually started Pillen Family Farms and a swine genetics company called DNA Genetics. DNA Genetics is now a multigenerational family-run business, employing more than 1,100 team members.

“We are thrilled to welcome Governor Pillen to PBPC 2023: Circular Solutions and look forward to his insights on Nebraska’s contributions to creating a more circular economy,” said Jessica Bowman, Executive Director of PBPC. “Governor Pillen joins an esteemed lineup of policymakers and experts who are coming together to address critical environmental imperatives and explore economic opportunities for communities across the U.S.”

WHAT:PBPC 2023 Annual Conference: Circular Solutions
WHEN:Monday, Mar. 27 – Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2023
WHERE:JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20004


About Plant Based Products Council

PBPC is an association of like-minded organizations that are advocating for a shift toward a more circular bioeconomy through greater adoption of renewable, plant-based materials supported by appropriate end-of-life infrastructure. We educate stakeholders and advocate for programs and policies that will support the growth of the plant-based products industry, helping to harness its environmental and economic potential to deliver a more sustainable future. Learn more at www.pbpc.com.