Cortec® Corporation is proud to be named a BioPreferred® Program Champion in recognition of its involvement in the USDA BioPreferred Program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In a letter awarding Cortec, Andrew Jermolowicz, director of the Business Development Division of the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, wrote, “This badge signifies your long-term commitment to using renewable materials, reducing our reliance on petroleum, supporting the bioeconomy, and bettering the planet.”

Cortec was one of the first 500 companies to earn a USDA Certified Bio-Based Product label after the voluntary labeling initiative of the USDA BioPreferred Program started in 2011. Cortec currently has 40+ USDA Certified Bio-Based Products, and is regularly adding to its certified bio-based product portfolio. Some of its most recent label additions cover a bio-based corrosion inhibitor for irrigation pipes, a bio-based outdoor coating, and a bio-based hydrotest additive. Participation in the USDA BioPreferred Program as a whole now includes more than 1,500 companies in the United States, with participation in 47 countries total.

The USDA BioPreferred Program includes a mandatory federal purchasing initiative that requires federal agencies and contractors to give purchasing preference to products with a minimum level of bio-based content in 139 identified categories. The USDA Certified Bio-Based Product label provides important third-party verification for any buyers seeking clear, impartial confirmation of a product’s renewable content claims.

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