Last week brought exciting announcements from President Obama calling for the federal government to substantially increase purchases of biobased products over the next two years, driving new job growth and innovation. The United States has the opportunity to leverage its leadership in biotechnology, agricultural productivity and manufacturing innovation to build a biobased economy. A biobased economy will continue to generate good jobs at home as the biobased product industry already employs more than 50,000 people in the United States and can generate tens of thousands more in the next five years.
Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak wrote a column about biobased jobs in America:
USDA works everyday to help create jobs in rural America – without waiting for others in Washington to act.
Last week, as a part of President Obama’s White House Rural Council, we announced efforts to spur economic growth by helping businesses take advantage of the productivity of America’s farmers and ranchers.
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Source: BIOtechNOW, 2012-02-29.