Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said September 25 that the agency is working to bolster the manufacturing industry by increasing the number of biobased products available to federal agencies. The Department of Agriculture has increased the number of biopreferred products from 7,000 to 9,300, with the goal of making 18,000 biobased products, ranging from cleaners, to solvent, to clothing, available for federal agency purchase. More than 3,100 American companies, employing over 50,000 people, make nearly 25,000 biobased products. The agency has also added 12 categories of approved biobased products since June, taking to total to 77.