Plant Based Products Council Announces New Speakers and Sponsors for Omaha Conference

February 14, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) announced new speakers and sponsors for PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions, which will take place Apr. 8-10 in Omaha, NE.

Sam Kieffer Vice President, Public Policy American Farm Bureau Federation

Sam Kieffer, Vice President of Public Affairs at the American Farm Bureau Federation, leads the organization’s government relations, advocacy, and economist teams. He previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, representing and serving farm families across the state. Hailing from a family grain and beef farm in Pennsylvania, Kieffer’s connection to the agricultural industry dates to his childhood and serves as a common thread throughout his career. He will be speaking at the conference’s opening session and sharing insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. agriculture industry.

Eric Smith leads government investments in innovation and technology economies

Eric Smith, Tech Hubs Director at the U.S. Economic Development Administration, leads government investments in innovation through the Tech Hubs program, enhancing economic and national security by fostering the growth of future industries. Eric has extensive experience in the technology and policy fields, including roles at the Patent and Trademark Office, EDA, and NASA. He will participate on the panel Federal Policy Playing Field: An Update on Agency Activities related to Biomanufacturing, exploring recent policy developments to support innovation in biomanufacturing.

BioLogiQ joins the annual conference as a platinum sponsor. BioLogiQ, a PBPC member, provides manufacturers with innovative plant-based solutions to cut back on plastic production and create more eco-friendly products. They will be sponsoring the April 9 Networking Reception that will bring together like-minded leaders and stakeholders for forward-thinking discussions.

PBPC2024 sponsor Repurpose

RePurpose, a sustainable products company, also joins the conference as a sponsor. Their support will help inspire innovation to create a more sustainable future.

This year, the conference will also feature a booth from Beta Analytic Inc., a carbon testing lab that provides biobased products testing for R&D and ecolabel applications. The conference has added booth space, reach out to keniece@pbpc.com if interested, limited space available.  

James Glueck, PBPC’s Executive Director, stated,

“We extend our gratitude to our newest sponsors and supporters for their partnership, and look forward to learning from Sam, Eric, and fellow speakers’ expertise and insights in our conference discussions. With insightful speakers, new booths, and key stakeholders joining the conference daily, PBPC 2024 is shaping up to be a can’t-miss industry event.”

For more information, please visit https://pbpc.com/pbpc2024/.

WHAT:PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions  
WHEN:Monday, Apr. 8 – Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2024
WHERE:Marriott Downtown, Capitol District, 222 N 10th St., Omaha, NE 68102
WHY:PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, brand ambassadors, and other stakeholders for panels, keynotes, networking sessions, and more. 
Registration fees increase after Feb. 16
MORE INFO:https://pbpc.com/pbpc2024/
CONTACT:Keniece Barbee, keniece@pbpc.com  


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, support growers, and champion programs and policies that will improve the value chain and support the growth of the plant-based products industry, helping to harness its economic potential to deliver a more sustainable future.