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Conference Pushes Awareness of Bioproducts in Nebraska

Conference Pushes Awareness of Bioproducts in Nebraska

Soybean leaders and others hope LB 691 advances in 2012.

Farmers, industry leaders and researchers gathered recently in Lincoln for a Bioproducts Symposium hosted by the Nebraska Soybean Board. The symposium served as a way for leaders in the bioproducts industry to discuss issues pertaining to the development, use and availability of bioproducts.

State Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft related details of LB 691, a bill introduced in the 2011 Legislature and was brought to her by Nebraska Soybean Association. The bill would require state agencies to give purchasing preference to bio-based products if the products are of equal quality and similarly priced to non bio-based products.

"Implementing a BioPreferred Program in Nebraska would help further promote agriculture and research, the economy, and production of bioproducts," said Brasch. She says she expects measure to be reconsidered in the 2012 session.

Additional speakers  were Greg Anderson, governing board member of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB); Jessica Reidl, BioPreferred Program project manager; Brett Sciotto, CEO of Governing Dynamic, LLC; Adam Short, associate product manager of Nutek Green; and Don Eby, founder of The Clean Environment Company.

A main concern among leaders at the state and local levels is whether the Nebraska residents will embrace the widespread use of bioproducts. The general use of bioproducts is still relatively low compared to mainstream items on the market, but a recent study has shown the trend is slowly shifting.

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