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On September 12, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced key steps to advance biotechnology and biomanufacturing in the United States through the Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy. USDA supports the development of circular bioeconomies, where agricultural resources are harvested, consumed, and regenerated in a sustainable manner. This approach can also create new revenue streams for agricultural producers and ensure that wealth and other economic benefits in the form of jobs and other opportunities are created, and stay, in rural communities.

The National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative

The Biden-Harris Administration launched the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, informed by a September 2022 Executive Order, to advance American biotechnology and biomanufacturing in health, climate change, energy, food security, agriculture, supply chain resilience, and national and economic security. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is working with agencies across the federal government on reports and strategies on strengthening America’s bioeconomy, and supporting the nation’s innovation ecosystem. OSTP has released a new report, co-authored by USDA, called Harnessing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Research and Development (R&D) to Further Societal Goals (PDF, 2.4 MB). The report outlines a vision for what is possible with the power of biotechnology and biomanufacturing, and R&D needs to achieve this ambitious vision. Visit the OSTP website for more, and learn more about USDA’s role in bioeconomy planning and policy at USDA’s Office of Energy and Environmental Policy.