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 PBPC 2024: Circular Solutions, which will take place Apr. 8-10 in Omaha, NE.

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 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 USDA BioPreferred program, rural development, and more. 

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. In her role at DOE, she oversees efforts to improve performance, lower costs and accelerate market entry of bioenergy technologies. The Office manages a budget of approximately $280M annually, working with DOE’s national laboratories, academia, and industry to meet aggressive goals that will grow the US bioeconomy.

James Glueck, PBPC’s Executive Director, stated,

“As the PBPC 2024 lineup expands with new speakers, sponsors, and booths, the event continues to prove itself as an industry staple for leaders and stakeholders up and down the value chain. We extend our sincere gratitude to our newest conference speakers, Betsy and Valerie, and look forward to their thoughtful insights on agency initiatives.”

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. 
MORE INFO:https://pbpc.com/pbpc2024/
CONTACT:Keniece Barbee, keniece@pbpc.com  


About the 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.