USDA Invests in Sustainable Bioproduct Manufacturing

The pilot program distributes $9.5 to three awardees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are investing $9.5 million into domestic bioproduct manufacturing in the United States. Bioproduct manufacturing is an initiative that addresses the issue of single-use plastics by creating and maintaining a cycle of harvesting, consuming, and regenerating. Three universities will receive this funding to research converting food waste into bioplastics, swine manure into asphalt binders, and soybean oil into thermoplastic rubber for pavements.

“Adopting a more circular economy ensures that wealth and other economic benefits in the form of jobs and other opportunities are created, and stay, in rural communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We must support and incentivize practices like these, because it’s what consumers want — and what farmers, and our planet, need.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For USDA officials as they support efforts to conserve and develop biomanufacturing strategies.
  • For discernment for Secretary Vilsack as he implements the president’s agenda in the USDA.
  • For the recipients of the investments to be effective in their research and development.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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