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Expanding biomanufacturing in the U.S.

The head of the Corn Refiners Association says it’s important that Congress includes provisions in the farm bill to expand biomanufacturing in the U.S. 

John Bode tells Brownfield biomanufacturing goes beyond biofuels. It also includes bio-based plastics, fabrics, packaging, chemicals and lubricants; and investing in biomanufacturing keeps the U.S. competitive on the global market. “Even though America has the most efficient farmers in the world, which give us a tremendous advantage,” he says.  “We’re seeing the science being developed in the US and then commercialized largely in Asia.”

He says countries like China have developed policies and made investments to build out the industry, making it more competitive than the U.S.  Bode says creating policy around biomanufacturing is an opportunity to help rural America flourish.  “Biobased products is adding $489 billion to the US economy and employing nearly 4 million people,” he says.  “But the truth is that’s just scratching the surface. There is so much more that can be done.”

He says the industry could double the size of corn refining in the U.S.

State ag directors from 14 states recently sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. House Ag Committee urging the farm bill to include language to strengthen and expand the industry. 

The policies outlined in the letter include: 

  • Nationally uniform bio economy terminology
  • NAICS codes for renewable chemicals and biomanufacturing
  • Grants for pilot and demonstration biorefineries 

Read the letter HERE. 

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