Speaking November 14 at the first meeting of the Society for Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology, Kate Lewis, Deputy Manager of the Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program, said that the agency is hoping to expand the program to include biobased chemicals that are not final goods but rather intermediates. The agency is also planning to offer online applications to make its procedures more efficient. During the conference, biobased chemical manufacturers said that standardized definitions for the terms “green” and “natural” would be helpful as they work to differentiate their products from fossil fuel-derived goods.