Last week, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued a final rule that amended 7 C.F.R. Part 3201–“Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement.” The final rule added 12 product categories to the federal BioPreferred procurement program. Under this program, federal agencies are generally required to purchase biobased products if a product category has been designated for the particular items, the agency’s purchase exceeds $10,000 in either one order or over the course of a fiscal year, and biobased products are available that meet the agency’s performance requirements and cost considerations. A product will be considered a “biobased product” for procurement preference if the product fits within a designated product category and contains at least the minimum biobased content established for the designated category.

The final rule adds the following 12 new product categories: agricultural spray adjuvants; animal cleaning products; deodorants; dethatcher products; fuel conditioners; leather, vinyl, and rubber care products; lotions and moisturizers; shaving products; specialty precision cleaners and solvents; sun care products; wastewater systems coating; and water clarifying agents. The final rule establishing these additional categories becomes effective on December 19, 2012.