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PBPC Newsletter June 21st, 2024


Welcome to the Plant Based Products Council Newsletter!

Explore the latest in PBPC news, activities, and groundbreaking innovations in the sustainability and bioeconomy sectors. Stay informed on current trends, updates, and exciting developments shaping our future. Missed our latest issue? Read the June 7th newsletter here. Due to the Independence Day holiday, our next newsletter will be distributed July 19th.

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BOOZMAN RELEASES REPUBLICAN FARM BILL FRAMEWORK

Last week, Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) and other GOP members of the panel released a Farm Bill framework In a press release, Boozman noted the framework is a result of bipartisan collaboration focused on “putting more farm in the farm bill” and that it “exhibits a shared common ground with our Democrat counterparts on several key priorities and offers a path forward in the places where we differ.”

The framework calls for modernizing the farm safety net, facilitating the expansion of access to overseas markets, fostering breakthroughs in agricultural research, and growing rural communities. Additionally, it outlines “a historic investment in conservation and protecting nutrition programs that help Americans in need.”

PBPC Executive Director James Glueck released a statement on the framework emphasizing a desire to work toward a bipartisan Farm Bill that supports the ag bioeconomy.

The current Farm Bill programs and provisions are authorized through Sept. 30 because of an extension passed last year; lawmakers must either pass new legislation or extend the current law by the end of the calendar year.

REGISTER NOW FOR PBPC’S NEXT SPEAKER SERIES EVENT

For the next installment of our PBPC Speaker Series, we’re thrilled to bring together legislative leaders to explore how ag policy is driving economic change.

Bioeconomy champions and House Agriculture Committee members Mark Alford (R-MO) and  Angie Craig (D-MN) will discuss the work they are doing to open up new markets for farmers and rural America and how the Farm Bill can drive sustainable change in our agricultural economy.

📆 Event Date: July 9

🕒 Event Time: 1 p.m. ET

Register Today!

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 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, nationally uniform bioeconomy terminology, and the Ag BIO Act in the Farm Bill!

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Follow along for more Farm Bill updates on PBPC’s channels: Twitter (X), LinkedIn, and Facebook

ANNUAL AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS RECOGNIZES JOHN BODE AND JAMAICA GAYLE WITH STEVIE AWARDS

The 22nd Annual American Business Awards (ABAs) presented Stevie Awards to organizations and individuals last week. At the June 11 New York City ceremony, CRA and PBPC’s John Bode and Jamaica Gayle were honored for their contributions  to our industry.

Bode, who serves as a representative on PBPC’s Board of Directors and as CRA’s President and CEO, received a Silver Stevie Award for Government or Nonprofit Thought Leader of the Year for his work raising awareness surrounding advancements in corn refining.

Gayle, PBPC and CRA’s Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, was given the Gold Climate Hero of the Year award for her work advocating for sustainable and practical regulations within agriculture and bioproduction. In her recent op-ed in Agri-Pulse, Gayle notes she is humbled to receive this award, and it “underscores the importance of the countless efforts to advance American production agriculture as a leader in sustainability and climate solutions.”

The mission of the Stevie Awards is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace worldwide. The ABAs are judged each year by more than 200 executives across the U.S.A. Click here to see the list of recent judges.

We are proud to celebrate Jamaica and John’s excellent work for our organization and industry.

PBPC 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 on the industry in the 2023 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 product space. Here are a few of our favorites that provide insights on the industry today and what’s ahead for circular innovations.

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

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. 

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.


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