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PBPC Newsletter February 2, 2024


Welcome to the Plant Based Products Council Newsletter! If you have friends or colleagues interested in our industry, please let them know to sign up for our newsletter. Then, read on for the latest in PBPC news and activities, as well as some of the amazing innovations, trends, and developments happening right now in the sustainability and bioeconomy world!

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REGISTRATION FOR PBPC 2024: CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS

PBPC’s second annual conference, PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions is being held in Omaha, NE, from Apr. 8-10, 2024.  Register here to secure your spot!

Early bird registration has been extended until Friday, February 16. Prices for PBPC members and non-members will increase on February 17.

PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions will bring members, industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders together in the heart of America’s bioeconomy to discuss today’s bioproducts landscape and what lies ahead for the industry. View the agenda here.

Interested in speaking or know someone with insights to share? Fill out the form here to submit yourself or someone else for consideration.

For a recap of the 2023 PBPC Conference, PBPC 2023: Circular Solutions, visit our website.

PBPC IS HIRING!

PBPC is looking for a talented Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs to join our team and drive our communications and advocacy strategy. Sound like you or someone you know? Learn more about the position and share with your network!

BIOBASED MARKETS PROGRAM PROPOSED RULE

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) is proposing a Biobased Markets Program rule implementing provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. The proposed changes include combining the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement and the Voluntary Labeling Program for Biobased Products (the BioPreferred Program) into one regulation and making other amendments to the program.  Public comments are being accepted until March 25, 2024. Learn more about the proposed rule.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

This month, PBPC and its members will be highlighting advancements made by Black Americans in the agricultural and biotech industries. Many modern-day agricultural innovations are attributed to the innovative discoveries made by African American inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries, and the PBPC is honored to celebrate their contributions throughout Black History Month and beyond.

  • Henry Blair was the second African American in history to be issued a United States patent. He invented two revolutionary seed planting devices, the ‘Seed-Planter’ and ‘Cotton-Planter,’ which refined the process for planting corn and cotton seeds to improve efficiency, as it was previously done by hand. Today, we see Blair’s influence in the mechanized farming machinery used to plant and harvest thousands of acres annually.
  • John W. Boyd Jr. is an outspoken defender of civil rights and equal opportunity, especially in the world of agriculture. As a fourth generation farmer, he founded the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) in 1995 to combat discriminatory practices. He has worked with national government leaders, international organizations, and NBFA members across the country to break down barriers and empower Black farmers. Today, the NBFA supports tens of thousands of members.

USDA’S ANNUAL AGRICULTURAL OUTLOOK FORUM

USDA’s 100th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Cultivating the Future,” will take place from February 15-16, 2024, in Arlington, Virginia. PBPC Executive Director, James Glueck, will be a featured speaker, discussing the exciting industry and future of the bioeconomy. The event connects leading experts and contributors across the agriculture sector and will feature over 30 sessions and 120 speakers covering hot topics like commodity markets, trade, technology, and climate change. Join the conversation and register for the event!

TELL LAWMAKERS: SUPPORT JOB GROWTH IN THE FARM BILL & SUPPORT AG-BASED BIOMANUFACTURING

Help PBPC send a message to lawmakers that the U.S. has the farmers and innovators to lead the next generation of the ag bioeconomy, and now we need the policies. Support for the ag-based bioproducts industry is crucial to the U.S. economy, environmental sustainability, and American innovation.

Two bipartisan bills that can help grow the U.S. ag bioeconomy have already been introduced in Congress:

Send a letter to your lawmakers today and urge them to include the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act and the Ag BIO Act in the Farm Bill!

Send a Letter Now

PBPC’S MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM

Interested in becoming a PBPC member? All PBPC members receive a variety of benefits that provide their organization a voice in Washington, while helping them stay up to date on the latest policy developments, communicate with their audiences, access valuable insights, and more. Read about PBPC’s impact in the industry in the 2022 Annual Report. Tiered membership levels are available to fit the needs of any member of the plant-based products supply chain. Visit our website or reach out to PBPC’s Keniece Barbee to learn more.

PLANT-BASED INNOVATIONS

Almost every day we see new developments in the plant-based products space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

Good Good Good: This California startup is replacing plastic bags with seaweed-based packaging

Forbes: This Accelerator Says Ireland Will Be A Sustainable Innovation Hub

GreenBiz: Here are the innovators and startups set to transform the circular economy

Fortune: Elon Musk’s satellite army has a new target: Connecting the $183 billion farm industry to high-tech ag tools

SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS & NEWS

As more consumers seek environmentally friendly products, corporations are adapting to meet these demands through more sustainable solutions. Here are some of the top stories covering these trends and providing insights on the latest industry news.

Financial Times: World Bank and Citi launch $100mn plastic credits bond

The Brown Daily Herald: Statewide plastic bag ban takes effect after months of refinement

GOVERNMENT UPDATES

With environmental reform being a top priority for the Biden Administration, there are constantly new developments in the regulatory space. Here are a few of the top happenings in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the U.S. legal landscape.

Senator Jerry Moran: Sens. Moran, Klobuchar, Ernst, Duckworth, Grassley Introduce Farm to Fly Act, Legislation to Expand Use of Biofuels for Aviation

Reuters: Fight brewing over Biden climate funds that help farmers in Republican-leaning states

Marketplace: The farm bill is caught up in gridlock … again

Politico: House passes $78B tax bill in rare bipartisan vote

PBPC MEMBER NEWS

The dedicated work of our members toward a more sustainable future never ceases to amaze us. From setting sweeping environmental commitments, to partnering with others to make sustainable solutions more accessible, to launching new plant-based materials. Below, find some of the impressive work of our members over the last weeks.

Cargill: How Cargill is advancing its water stewardship policy

CJ Bio America: CJ Biomaterials Expands Biobased PHA Technology to a New Food Product

National Corn Growers Association: Farm bill and increasing corn demand are both goals of 2024 for the National Corn Growers Association

PepsiCo: PepsiCo moves toward creating a more sustainable future



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