Sec Tom Vilsack’ USDA working to incentivize biomass feedstock development & strengthen supply chain


New Rochelle, NY, March 4, 2016–Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), views the agriculturally-based bioindustries sector as one of the transformational components of an American economy with a greater emphasis on manufacturing and production, and as an opportunity to address climate change in a creative and innovative way. Secretary Vilsack discusses topics such as the Renewable Fuel Standard, government collaboration with industry and academia, and the USDA's BioPreferred® program in an interview published in Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free for download on the Industrial Biotechnology website until April 4, 2016.

The IB Interview entitled "A Conversation with US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack" included discussion of a new version of the Billion Ton study in development by the USDA and U.S. Department of Energy to assess supply and demand of biomass-based feedstocks, the USDA's role in implementing the White House's National Bioeconomy Blueprint, and recent and planned changes in monitoring and reporting of procurement of biobased products by the federal government and its contractors. Secretary Vilsack also responded to questions about the USDA's role in introducing new agricultural plants to support the development of biobased products and materials and bioenergy, and USDA initiatives to promote investments in the U.S. biobased economy.

"We are fortunate in this issue of IB to have a leading champion for agriculturally-based bioindustries share with our readers his view of challenges and opportunities facing our industry," says Co-Editor-in-Chief Larry Walker, PhD. "We are very thankful for this engaging dialogue with USDA Secretary Vilsack.


About the Journal

Industrial Biotechnology, led by Co-Editors-in-Chief Larry Walker, PhD, and Glenn Nedwin, PhD, MoT, CEO and President, TripleDNA Consulting, LLC, Davis, CA, is an authoritative journal focused on biobased industrial and environmental products and processes, published bimonthly in print and online. The Journal reports on the science, technology, business, and policy developments of the emerging global bioeconomy, including biobased production of energy and fuels, chemicals, materials, and consumer goods. The articles published include critically reviewed original research in all related sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemical and process engineering, agriculture), in addition to expert commentary on current policy, funding, markets, business, legal issues, and science trends. Industrial Biotechnology offers the premier forum bridging basic research and R&D with later-stage commercialization for sustainable biobased industrial and environmental applications.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Environmental Engineering Science and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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