The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) helps members develop and bring to market their innovative biobased and renewable chemical products through insightful policy and regulatory advocacy. BRAG is managed by B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C., an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On February 18, 2016, at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2016 (ABLC2016), Dr. Catherine Woteki, Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced the release of the Federal Activities Report on the Bioeconomy. The report was created to share current federal agency activities that help to develop and support the bioeconomy. The report first introduces the importance of fostering the bioeconomy and the purpose of the Biomass Research & Development Board. From there the report covers all research, loan, and other projects that federal agencies are currently engaged in. The agencies covered in this report are:

  • USDA;
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE);
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
  • The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI);
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF);
  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD);
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); and
  • The Executive Office of the President of the United States.

 

The 2016 World Bio Markets Bio Business Awards are now accepting nominations for categories covering people, companies, and projects that have advanced the bioeconomy. The eight categories for the 2016 awards are:

  • Biofuels Partnership of the Year;
     
  • Bio-Based Brand of the Year;
     
  • Breakthrough Bio-Based Technology Platform;
     
  • WBM Bio-Based Business Person of the Year;
     
  • Bio-Based Chemical Partnership of the Year;
     
  • WBM Industry Champion 2016;
     
  • Bio-Based Product Innovation of the Year; and
     
  • Biomass Power Project of the Year.

Nominations are due February 19, 2016, and the awards will be presented at the second day of World Bio Markets in Amsterdam on March 15, 2016.


 

REGISTER FOR ABLC 2015

The Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference 2015 (ABLC 2015), to be held March 11-13, 2015, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., is the gathering point for top leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy -- bringing together the entire spectrum of advanced fuels, chemicals, and materials CEOs and senior executives, business development, R&D leaders, strategic partners, financiers, equity analysts, policymakers, and industry suppliers.

Kathleen M. Roberts, Executive Director of BRAG, will share her insights regarding the current regulatory landscape for biobased products during the opening panel of the conference, "ABLC Policy Outlook," alongside directors of the Advanced Biofuels Association, BIO, Algal Biomass Organization, the Advanced Ethanol Council, the National Biodiesel Board, and the American Council on Renewable Energy.

Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor for Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), will speak during the "Government Agency Outlook and Updates" session. Dr. Engler recently joined B&C after 17 years as senior staff scientist and leader of the Green Chemistry Program in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT). Dr. Engler's co-panelists include speakers from DOE, USDA, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

 

 

On October 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released "Why Biobased?," a report that comprehensively synthesizes findings from the existing government, academia, and non-governmental organizations on bioeconomy opportunities. The report is a precursor for another study to be issued in the near future by the USDA BioPreferred program on the economic impacts of the biobased products industry.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated "[t]his new report presents the opportunities U.S. agriculture and forests have in the emerging bioeconomy. The recent inclusion of mature market products into the BioPreferred program strengthens our commitment to the U.S. biobased economy and brings together two of the most important economic engines for rural America: agriculture and manufacturing."


More information can be found in the USDA press release. The "Why Biobased?" report can be downloaded online.
 


 
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