DELAWARE, Ohio – From the Earth (FromTheEarth-Bioproducts.com), a new website that allows Ohio state agencies and institutions of higher learning to research and locate bioproducts that are manufactured and distributed by Ohio companies, was recently launched at the first annual Ohio Bioproducts Symposium.
Currently, no other state in the nation has a program similar to From the Earth.
The online resource is designed to help procurement agents in their efforts to abide by Ohio Senate Bill 131 that was signed into law Feb. 27, 2010. It established a bio-based, product-purchasing program requiring state entities, colleges and universities to give purchasing preference to bio-based products when the products are comparable in price, performance and availability.
“Bio-based products have less impact on the environment than petroleum-based counterparts because they are biodegradable, comprised of renewable resources and have decreased disposal and cleanup costs,” said Tadd Nicholson, Director of Government and Industry Affairs, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “Thanks to From the Earth, procurement agents now have an easy-to- access resource to locate bioproducts that are made from corn, wheat and soybeans and are manufactured by Ohio companies.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), bioproducts are defined as commercial or industrial products, other than food or feed, composed wholly or in significant part of biological products including renewable agricultural materials such as plant, animal and marine or forestry materials. They are used to replace or reduce petroleum-based materials used in manufacturing products.
From the Earth’s list of USDA BioPreferred-designated products include items in the following industries:
• Cafeteria and Food Service • Construction and Maintenance • Furniture and Furnishings • Housewares and Cleaning• Industrial Supplies • Landscaping and Agriculture • Office Supplies • Personal Care and Toiletries • The Great Outdoors • Utilities
The launch of the From the Earth website was the highlight at the Ohio Bioproducts Symposium. Additional topics discussed included Ohio’s bioproduct procurement goals for state agencies, best practices from Ohio companies who have shown success in the bioproducts market, and the effects of Senate Bill 131 on Ohio’s economy and the impact it has on the public sector with regard to bioproduct purchasing procedures.
Event speakers included Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Ohio; Ron Buckhalt, program manager, U.S. Department of Agriculture, BioPreferred Program; Rocky Black, deputy director, Ohio Department of Agriculture; Jeff Westhoven, administrator, Office of Procurement Services, Ohio Department of Administrative Services; Cathy Horton, president, Nutek, LLC; Keith Masavage, chief of strategy and operations, Univenture; and Christopher Montgomery, , Bricker & Eckler, LLP.
Companies may submit their bioproducts to be listed at the From the Earth website; however, all products must first be a BioPreferred-designated product. To submit bioproducts for approval by the USDA BioPreferred program, visit www.biopreferred.gov.
About From the Earth
From the Earth is a bioproducts resource program sponsored by the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association for Ohio state agencies and institutions of higher learning to research and locate bioproducts that are manufactured and distributed by Ohio companies. For more information, visit www.FromTheEarth-Bioproducts.com.