Biobased Products News and Policy Report – Update from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Biobased and Renewable Products Update
August 29, 2019


DOE Announces Annual Wind Market Reports
On August 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released annual market reports on data and trends in wind technologies, costs, installations, prices, and performance through 2018. The reports cover three sectors: offshore, distributed wind, and utility-scale land-based. According to Under Secretary of Energy, Mark W. Menezes, onshore wind installations continue to proliferate across the United States. Demonstrating support for the Trump Administration, Menezes stated that it has been “proven that we can pursue renewable energy advancements and deployment, particularly wind energy resources, which are predicted to surpass other sources of renewable power generation this year [2019].” During 2018, the utility-scale land-based wind sector had 7,588 megawatts (MW) installed with record low costs and prices. Prepared by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report found that wind industry employment is at an all-time high and provides 6.5% of the nation’s electricity.
EPA Announces Revision To Current Pesticide Crop Grouping Regulations
On August 27, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced via the Federal Register, proposed revisions to its pesticide tolerance crop grouping regulations. These regulations allow the establishment of tolerances for multiple related crops based on data from a representative set of crops. EPA is proposing the revision of one commodity definition and the addition of three new commodity definitions. In addition, EPA’s proposal includes an amendment to the herbs and spices crop group currently provided in Crop Group 19. The crops in current Crop Group 19: Herbs and Spices Group will be separated into two new crop groups: Crop Group 25: Herb Group and Crop Group 26: Spice Group. These revisions aim to increase the utility and benefit of the crop grouping system for producers and other commercial agriculture stakeholders. Over the next several years, a series of crop group updates is expected. Comments are due on October 28, 2019.


FAO Publishes Report On Aquatic Genetic Resources
The United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently published a report titled The State of the World’s Aquatic Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which is the first ever of its kind and focuses on farmed aquatic species and their wild relatives within national jurisdictions. The report builds the information and knowledge base required for action at the national, regional, and international levels sustainably to conserve, use, and develop aquatic genetic resources for food and agriculture. With contributions from more than 90 countries, the report portrays the broad range of aquatic organisms farmed and fished around the globe, the various technologies used, the status of existing programs, the roles of key stakeholders, and the main national and international policies and networking mechanisms at play. In its report, FAO highlights challenges for the responsible management of aquatic genetic resources, which include a need for the acceleration of genetic improvement of key aquaculture species and the development of strong policies and governance systems.

Other News

Reuters, “Facing Farmer Anger, Trump Scrambles Cabinet to Brainstorm on Biofuel Policy: Sources, “Sulapac: The Startup Making Biodegradable, Plastic-Free Beauty Packaging a Reality
The Times, “EU Curbs Used Cooking Oil in Biodiesel Due to Fears of Fraud, “Algae Filter Paper Offers New Hope for Stopping Waterborne Illness
The Gazette, “Amy Klobuchar: Trump Treating Farmers Like ‘Bargaining Chips’”
Forbes, “Boston Startup Puts a New Spin on Silk, Replacing Petrochemicals in Clothing and Skincare
The Asahi Shimbun, “Rain-Resistant Wheat Variety Developed Using Genome Editing

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