USDA to invest millions into scaling up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing

USDA will be spending just shy of $10 million to help scale-up sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the United States.

The Department says the bioproduct pilot program aims to spur economic activity in rural areas while lowering risks associated with bringing bio-based products to market. Right now, three projects are funded through the program.

Those include the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, for a project that aims to convert food waste into PHA-based bioplastics, like food containers. Another project is by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champain aims to convert swine manure and other organic matter into bio-binders for asphalt. Lastly, Soylei Innovations in Iowa hopes to transform high oleic soybean oil into thermo-plastic rubber for pavement.

Money for these projects come from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed in 2021.

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