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USDA Recognizes National Labs for Bio-Based Product Efforts

The Department of Agriculture granted the Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards to Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

The awards recognize the national laboratories' fiscal year 2018 works on bio-based products, the USDA said Monday. LANL used bio-based products as alternatives to traditional oil-based lubricants for metal-cutting machines. Meanwhile, LLNL recycled bio-based materials to produce cutlery, cups, containers and other food service ware. The laboratory recycled 68 metric tons of compostable waste last year.

“The Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards initiative recognizes outstanding achievements in advancing the objectives of the BioPreferred Federal Purchasing Preference Program," said Vernell Thompson, procurement analyst for the USDA BioPreferred Program.

The program is intended to generate manufacturing jobs and new commodity markets in support of the Rural Investment Act.

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