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USDA's vision for a stronger bioeconomy with biomass

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is setting a new benchmark in the quest for a resilient and sustainable bioeconomy. Through the strategic initiative, "Building a Resilient Biomass Supply - A Plan to Enable the Bioeconomy in America," the USDA seeks to revamp the biomass supply chain, a critical move endorsed by administrative Executive Order 14081. This comprehensive framework aims to fuel the American bioeconomy, creating a future where environmental sustainability and economic growth go hand in hand. 

Secretary Tom Vilsack pointed out the initiative's role in expanding markets and providing fresh revenue streams for the nation's farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners. The demand for biomass — from crop residues to dedicated energy crops — is paving the way for a diverse array of biobased products, subsequently enriching the U.S. economy and propelling towards environmental goals. 

Central to the USDA’s plan is the promotion of a circular bioeconomy that champions the sustainable use and reuse of agricultural resources, fostering job creation and combating climate change. The strategy proposes enhancements in biomass production and preprocessing systems, alongside incentives for farmers and technological advancements in materials handling. 

Significant recommendations include bolstering research in biomass crops, leveraging woody biomass, and market development through initiatives like the Bio Preferred Program. Such efforts aim not only to meet Administrator bioeconomy vision but also to advance USDA's wider goals, including enhancing food security and promoting rural prosperity. 

With a clear roadmap and an implementation framework in place, the USDA is committed to making strategic investments that nurture the growth of cultivated biomass and infrastructure development. These steps are poised to redefine the agricultural landscape, driving forward the United States' bioeconomy with an eye towards sustainability, equity, and innovation.


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