Farm bill might help bio-based companies

Columbus Dispatch

Manufacturers that use a significant amount of corn, soybeans or other agricultural ingredients to make their products may get a boost from the emerging farm bill.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said yesterday that parts of the bill could guarantee bio-based manufacturer loans and hold the federal government accountable for buying more of their products.

They touted those provisions while touring a Columbus company, Plastic Suppliers, which makes film for packaging purposes with bio-based materials.

“It will likely create more opportunities, particularly in financing and capital for this industry, and that’s only good for Ohio, when you think about agriculture and manufacturing coming together,” said Brown, a Democrat.

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