bio-based products

Bio-based products are growing industry, says USDA

The Agriculture Department released a report summarizing studies of the potential benefits of "the emerging bio-economy." Bio-based chemicals could account for more than 10 percent of the chemical market in 2015, according to a study cited in the report.

Federal loan guarantee for biorefinery making a drop-in fuel

The Agriculture Department announced a $91 million loan guarantee for an advanced biofuel plant in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, that will turn pine chips into 8-10 million gallons a year of reformate, a drop-in ingredient for gasoline and jet fuel that can be added during the regular refinery process.