The Farm Bill offers opportunities to bolster USDA’s support of the agriculture bioeconomy and the farmers, businesses, researchers, and consumers who contribute to its innovation and growth. Please join this letter in support of bipartisan, bicameral H.R. 5134/S. 2452, the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act and H.R. 6413/S. 2987, the Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation and Opportunity (Ag BIO) Act.

The Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act would enhance USDA’s ability to promote ag-based bioproducts by improving the longstanding BioPreferred Program. The Ag BIO Act would strengthen USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program by streamlining the loan guarantee program and re-establishing a grant program to support the development of pre-commercial scale biorefineries, ensuring that ag-based bioproduct jobs and American innovation can grow in the U.S.

This letter of support is open to state-level agriculture organizations, state-level bioeconomy organizations, and businesses engaged in the agricultural bioeconomy.

The opportunity to sign-on to the letter will close COB Friday, February 23, 2024.


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February x, 2024

Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow
Senate Committee on Agriculture
328-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Ranking Member John Boozman
Senate Committee on Agriculture
328-A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Chairman G.T. Thompson
House Committee on Agriculture
1301 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Ranking Member David Scott
House Committee on Agriculture
1010 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairwoman Stabenow, Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member Boozman, Ranking Member Scott:

As the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture work to reauthorize the Farm Bill, we write to express our strong support for the inclusion of the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act (S.2452/H.R. 5134) and the Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation and Opportunity (Ag BIO) Act (S.2987/H.R.6413) in the 2024 Farm Bill. These bipartisan bills would enhance key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that support American farmers and the agricultural bioeconomy, strengthen domestic biobased product manufacturing, and spur American innovation.

USDA estimates that, in 2017, the biobased products industry contributed over $470 billion in value to the U.S. economy and supported 4.6 million jobs. However, this only scratches the surface of what the ag bioeconomy could mean to America. The Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act and the Ag BIO Act would unleash the potential of two pivotal Farm Bill programs – the Section 9002 BioPreferred Program and the Section 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Products Assistance Program. Together, these bipartisan bills would encourage federal procurement of biobased products, de-risk innovation for US biomanufacturing and biorefining, support domestic renewable energy production, and strengthen biomanufacturing supply chains across the country.

Strengthening these pivotal Farm Bill programs will benefit rural communities across the country by creating additional on-farm revenue potential, boosting ag-based manufacturing, and generating thousands of good-paying jobs across the country in manufacturing, distribution, sales, and more. Additionally, the bipartisan Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act and the Ag BIO Act will bolster U.S. national security by providing meaningful support for the domestic bioeconomy, providing the U.S. biomanufacturing industry with the tools necessary to compete in global markets, and reducing American dependence on foreign inputs.

We encourage you to cosponsor the Biomanufacturing and Jobs Act and the Ag BIO Act to ensure that the 2024 Farm Bill includes these vital measures to strengthen our national ag bioeconomy.

Thank you for kind consideration,

Acceligen, INC

ADM

Agribusiness Association of Iowa

Bio Nebraska

BioLogiQ Inc.

Bluestem Biosciences

Cargill

Clean Energy Economy Minnesota

Danimer Scientific Inc.

DevMar Manufacturing

Earthfirst Films by PSI | Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

Fingerboard Farm

Geno

Gevo

Global Hemp

Green Dot Bioplastics Inc

Grow2Learn Cooperative

Hemp Alliance of Tennessee

Hemp Solutions

Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO)

Illinois Corn Growers Association

Ingredion Incorporated

Iowa Biotechnology Association

Iowa Corn Growers Association

Michigan Biosciences Industry Association (MichBio)

The Midwest Council on Agriculture

Minnesota Biofuels Association

Minnesota Industrial Hemp Association

NatureWorks, LLC

Nebraska Corn Growers Association

Novamont North America

Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council

PlantSwitch

Primient

PurFi.ai

Redfern Hemp Co.

Roquette

Smile Compostable Solutions

Solinatra Group B.V.

South Dakota Biotech

Sunray Hemp, LLC 62 Degrees North

SUSAGROW

Verge Agritech