PBPC Newsletter March 15, 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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Mark your calendars for PBPC’s second annual conference, PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions, held in Omaha, NE, from Apr. 8-10, 2024.

Our list of speakers, sponsors, and featured guests continues to grow! Speakers include:

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan Administrator, Rural Business Cooperative Service

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, Administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, joins PBPC 2024 as a conference speaker to provide expertise and insight discussions around critical topics such as the USDA BioPreferred program, rural development, and more. 

PBPC 2024 Speaker Valerie Sarisky Reed

Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office within the Department of Energy (DOE), joins PBPC 2024 as a panelist along with other federal agency officials to discuss policies to support and foster innovation in biomanufacturing.

PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions will bring members, industry leaders, growers, 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. Register here to secure your spot!

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


The U.S. Corn Farmers and Radicle Growth have announced the Radicle Growth Corn Value Chain Challenge. This challenge will invest a minimum of $1.5 million in start-up and growth companies that are increasing demand for corn-based products in the United States through their innovative technologies and comprehensive business models. This challenge aims to invest in companies developing new uses of corn that result in the decreased reliance on nonrenewable materials. Read more about the Challenge and submit your application by Apr. 12.


Plant-Based Leader Bio Nebraska

Earlier this month, PBPC published the latest edition of the Plant-Based Leader blog series featuring Bio Nebraska, a trade association representing Nebraska’s biosciences sector. Founded in 2005, for almost 20 years, Bio Nebraska has advocated for its members and the overall bioscience industry at the state level and more broadly. Bio Nebraska is committed to developing the biosciences workforce, as exemplified by the launches of the Fermentation Collaborative and Women in Bioscience initiatives.

As a sponsor of PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions, Bio Nebraska appreciates that the conference will raise the profile of Nebraska’s bioscience industry.

Read more on PBPC’s website.


PBPC joined its membership, Members of Congress, and several stakeholders and leaders across the industry to celebrate USDA’s second annual National Biobased Products Day on Friday, Mar. 8. Spotlighting the incredible impact of bioproducts and the innovations, developments, and communities powering the industry, the national awareness day garnered national attention, including recognition from Representative Mark Alford, Representative Nikki Budzinski, and Representative Angie Craig.

Keep the celebration going! Check out these informative graphics about the USDA’s BioPreferred program and read PBPC’s press release on National Biobased Products Day and an editorial on the importance of investing in talent by PBPC’s Executive Director, James Glueck.


Women have played integral roles in advancing innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility in the agriculture and biomanufacturing industries. For Women’s History Month, PBPC and its members will be highlighting the breakthrough achievements made by women in these industries. Check out these incredible women who made tremendous advancements within the agriculture space:

  • Jane Colden was the first female American botanist. She named and cataloged hundreds of native plants in the Hudson River Valley, becoming the first American to adapt the Swedish binomial nomenclature system, which assigns a genus and species to each plant. Colden’s trailblazing discoveries and indexing lead to the discoveries of many American flora, as well as the popularization of the nomenclature system in American botany.
  • Robyn Van En was one of the original founders of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, which helped to bring farm-fresh food to local communities around the United States. During her life, Robin helped to establish over 200 CSA farms around the country, and traveled abroad to Canada, South America, Africa, New Zealand, Russia, and Hungary, leading to the jumpstart of more than 1,200 active CSAs worldwide.

The agriculture and biomanufacturing industries are led, championed, and supported by strong women leaders across the country at every stage of the value chain, and PBPC is proud to celebrate the momentous achievements of women in agriculture.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released their report “An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: 2023 Update.” The findings show that biobased products, a key component of the bioeconomy, bolstered the U.S. economy by $489 billion in 2021, marking a $25 billion (5.1%) increase from 2020. The adoption of biobased products plays a crucial role in curbing the consumption of petroleum equivalents, increasing the displacement of oil equivalents to 10.7 million barrels in 2021 (up from 9.4 million in 2017). The biobased products industry also makes a robust impact on the job market, with 3.94 million Americans employed by the sector in 2021. The report demonstrates the widespread value of biobased products, creating job opportunities and economic accessibility across the country.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a biomass supply chain report this week. The report, “Building a Resilient Biomass Supply: A Plan to Enable the Bioeconomy in America,” is one of USDA’s deliverables from Executive Order 14081. The plan finds that U.S. biomass supplies are abundant. This positions the United States to convert biomass into biobased products if improvements to biomass supply chain logistics and materials handling technology are made, and farmers are provided with incentives to produce biomass while reducing risk. The plan’s recommendations are to research and deploy improved biomass crops, take advantage of woody biomass residuals, and to help develop markets for biobased products through USDA’s BioPreferred Program. In addition to the report, an Implementation Framework was released that identifies actions USDA will take in the next year to increase available cultivated biomass, invest in infrastructure for biobased products, and support the responsible development of the biomass supply chain.  USDA also released a fact sheet outlining the Department’s 2023 bioeconomy accomplishments.


Help PBPC send a message to lawmakers that the United States 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 and the Ag BIO Act in the Farm Bill!

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PBPC thanks Representative Tracey Mann for his support as the newest co-sponsor of the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act! Continued support for this critical bill will help expand the U.S. bioeconomy, invest in rural development, and create job opportunities up and down the value chain.


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.


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.

Food Business News: For farming woes, technology may bring salvation

Forbes: Why Climate Action Could Fall Short Without Agricultural Innovation


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.

Forbes: Sustainability Has Gone Mainstream Across Industries

Greenbiz: Down on the farm, the beef industry inches toward sustainability

PWC: Activating pathways to sustainable plastic packaging


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.

Congresswoman Sherrill: Rep. Sherrill Champions New Jersey’s Bioeconomy and Raises National Security Concerns Regarding Chinese Communist Party Interference

USDA: National Biobased Products Day: GreenTechnologies’ 25-Year Quest to Provide Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Chemical Fertilizers

USDA:USDA Outlines Vision to Strengthen the American Bioeconomy through a More Resilient Biomass Supply Chain

American Ag Network: USDA Assists Farmers, Ranchers and Communities Affected by Catastrophic Texas, Oklahoma Wildfires

Hemp Today: With much to learn, U.S. hemp industry should take international approach, USDA says

Agri-Pulse: In win for ag groups, SEC scales back climate disclosure rule

GreenBiz: The US bioeconomy is worth $950 billion, and growing, thanks to these federal policies

American Ag Network: USDA Announces Progress on Newly Authorized Climate Programs

American Ag Network: Gooden Confirmed as Rural Development Undersecretary


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.

Food Business News: Bimbo, PepsiCo make most ethical companies list

GreenBiz: How PepsiCo uses technology and finance to drive sustainability

River Bender: Gov. Pritzker Celebrates Primient’s $400 Million Capital Investment In Illinois’ Plant-Based Future