By  on January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON — Textile, apparel and beauty-care companies could see less government procurement businesses in the wake of the suspension of new applications under a preferential federal program that encourages government agencies and contractors to purchase products that are made from significant amounts of biobased materials.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that all new applications to its BioPreferred Program have been suspended because funding was not renewed in the farm bill legislation passed by Congress as part of a broader package designed to avert the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. The agency said existing biobased product label certifications will remain valid, despite the suspension of processing of new applications for voluntary certification biobased products.

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