Biobased Products Industry Associations

The rapidly developing industrial sector in biobased products has spawned new trade associations and spurred the increased involvement of older associations with obvious stakeholder interest in the biobased economy. Here are just a few of the major actors industry-wide:


Iowa City-based BIOWA seeks to create more biobased products, jobs, and business from Iowa's natural resources. This requires partnerships all along the value chain, from farmers to entrepreneurs to bioprocessing companies to commodity producers.

National Biodiesel Board

The National Biodiesel Board is the national trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States. Biodiesel is a domestic, renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil, and which meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751.

National Corn Growers Association

The NCGA represents approximately 35,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 48 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance the corn producer's interests.

United Soybean Board

The United Soybean Board is a group of 59 farmer-directors who work to help ensure that U.S. soybean farmers have a well-defined marketing, research, and commercialization program. This helps their products compete in both domestic and international markets much more strongly, creating more demand and more profit potential for American soybean growers.

National Oilseed Processsors Association

NOPA represents 13 regular member firms engaged in the actual processing of oilseeds, and 9 associate member firms who are consumers of vegetable oil or oilseed meal, including some refiners and mixed feed manufacturers. NOPA cooperates with a variety of federal and state agencies, as well as independent and private organizations, on issues related to oilseed products.

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Last updated: 8/19/2013