United States Department of Agriculture
office of The Secretary
Washington, D.C. 20250
January 19, 2005
Secretary's Memorandum 1042-003
"Establishing The USDA Biobased Products Procurement Program"
Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA) (7 U.S.C. 8102) requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop and implement a biobased product procurement program designed to increase the purchase and use of biobased products, consistent with applicable provisions of Federal procurement law.
This memorandum sets forth the policy of the Department of Agriculture to increase the purchase and use of biobased products to the extent practicable, consistent with federal procurement law.
A Biobased product is defined in Federal Biobased Product Preferred Procurement Program (FB4P), Section 9002 as:
"A product determined by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to be a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials."
Current USDA Product Categories Under FB4P
- Construction Materials, & Composites
- Fibers, Paper, & Packaging
- Fuel Additives
- Landscaping Materials, Compost, & Fertilizer
- Lubricants, Rust Inhibitors, & Functional Fluids
- Paintings & Coatings
- Solvents & Cleaners