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PBPC Annual Conference Convenes Industry Leaders, Policymakers, Growers, And Executives to Address Bioeconomy Landscape and Policy Solutions

Washington, D.C. – The Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) concluded its second annual conference, in Omaha, Nebraska, where industry leaders explored the latest innovations, business models, and policies shaping the lifecycle of plant-based products and advancing a circular economy. From Monday, April 8, to Wednesday, April 10, attendees engaged with policymakers, industry leaders, and experts through dynamic panels, inspiring keynotes, networking sessions, facility tours, and more.

Keynote speakers included Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen and Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Cooperative Service. Remarks were presented by Nebraska’s entire congressional delegation, including Sens. Deb Read More >

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CRA, PBPC Welcome Spencer Chase as Senior Communications Director

March 27, 2024

Washington, D.C. – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Spencer Chase as its new Senior Director of Communications. Chase will lead the external communications and media relations efforts for CRA and the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), elevating the profile of both organizations through strategic and coordinated efforts that highlight the knowledge and advocacy of CRA and PBPC staff experts.

“Spencer brings a wealth of knowledge about the critical intersection of agriculture and journalism, and we look forward to putting that expertise to work for CRA,” said John Bode, CEO Read More >

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Plant Based Products Celebrates USDA’s Second Annual National Biobased Products Day

March 8, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Plant Based Products Council joins the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in celebrating the second annual National Biobased Products Day. The awareness day recognizes biobased products and highlights the positive impact and progress of the industry in expanding job opportunities, investing in rural communities, inspiring innovative and circular solutions, strengthening global competitiveness, and driving towards a more sustainable future.

National Biobased Products Day is an opportunity to celebrate USDA’s BioPreferred® Program, aimed at increasing the use and purchase of biobased products by federal agencies and a voluntary labeling initiative Read More >

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Plant Based Products Council Announces New Speakers for National Conference in Omaha

March 6, 2024

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

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, joins PBPC 2024 as the keynote speaker for the lunch reception. She previously served as USDA’s Rural Development State Director for Illinois and has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working with community, regional, and state leaders to drive positive change. Her expertise and insights will help guide conference discussions around critical topics such as the Read More >

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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 , which will take place Apr. 8-10 in Omaha, NE.

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 Read More >

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Plant Based Products Council Announces Nebraska Governor as Opening Speaker

January 22, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) announced Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen as the official opening speaker for , which will take place Apr. 8-10 in Omaha, NE.

Governor Pillen, who will deliver the conference’s opening remarks, stated,

“I am confident this year’s conference will prove invaluable in our collective pursuit to drive sustainable and innovative solutions in the plant-based products industry. That creates great value to Nebraska agriculture.”

Joining Governor Pillen are esteemed speakers from industry organizations, including Sea F. Briganti, Founder and CEO of LOLIWARE Inc., and Mark Remmert, Read More >

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Plant Based Products Council Announces Additional Panels for Upcoming Conference

January 11, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) announced two additional panels for , which will take place Apr. 8-10 in Omaha, NE. The panels are titled Grower Perspectives: Plant-based Products and Rural America and How They Built It: Local Biomanufacturing Hubs. These panels are in addition to Feedstock Diversity: Innovating the Future of Plant-Based Products and Beyond Functionality: Exploring the World of Durable Bioproducts, which were announced in December.

The panels will cover:

  • Grower Perspectives: Plant-Based Products and Rural America
    Hear firsthand from farmers on how they are implementing sustainable practices at the Read More >
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Plant Based Products Council Unveils First Panels and Speakers for PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions

December 19, 2023

Washington, D.C. – The Plant Based Products Council (PBPC) is thrilled to unveil the first speakers and panels for its annual conference from Apr. 8-10, 2024, at the Marriott Downtown in Omaha, NE. Industry leaders, policymakers, growers, and stakeholders who influence and shape the future of plant-based innovation and sustainability will converge at this marquee event. Panels and speakers will include:

Feedstock Diversity: Innovating the Future of Plant-Based Products
, will share insights into her award-winning materials tech company, a pioneer in the replacement of single-use plastics with seaweed-derived products. Joining her is , who Read More >