The Nebraska Soybean Board is hosting a Bioproducts Symposium July 13 at the Country Inn and Suites in Lincoln.
The purpose is to educate both the public and private sectors about the importance of purchasing bio-based products as a way to aid the environment and to expand the market for crops, especially soybeans.
Vic Bohuslavsky, executive director of the soybean board, says the symposium will cover topics pertaining to development and use of bioproducts. There also will be a focus on possibly establishing a BioPreferred Program in Nebraska. USDA has a national BioPreferred Program.
Soybean oil is used in a number of biobased products, including hand cleaners, hydraulic fluids, biodiesel, candles, paint removers, lubricants, mold removers, body lotions, dust suppressants and some furniture items.
At the symposium, industry representatives will talk about their products and marketing specialists will discuss consumer surveys. Other will review how biobased products can help reduce this country’s reliance on foreign petroleum.
Another speaker is State Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft, who has supported legislation for statewide program in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Soybean Board has a biobased website at nebioproducts.org.
The event is free and begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.