[Congressional Record Volume 169, Number 66 (Thursday, April 20, 2023)]
[Page S1290]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                         NATIONAL RENDERING DAY

  Mr. BOOZMAN. Mr. President, I rise today in recognition of National 
Rendering Day.
  As ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a voice for 
Arkansas farmers and ranchers, I have seen firsthand their dedication 
to producing the most affordable, abundant, and safe supply of food in 
the world. That responsibility extends beyond the farm, with rendering 
playing a critical role in ensuring we can meet the growing global 
demand for food, feed, and fuel.
  U.S. renderers contribute $10 billion in annual economic activity. 
These include many small businesses which are the backbones of our 
economy. Utilizing innovative technologies and a highly skilled 
workforce, renderers reclaim otherwise wasted animal material such as 
protein, bone, and fat, as well as used cooking oil from restaurants.
  For hundreds of years, renderers have been upcycling the unused 
materials into higher-value applications including pet food, biofuels, 
soaps, gels, and candles in addition to fertilizer. By reducing the 
amount of waste sent to landfills, rendering makes our food production 
footprint smaller and helps minimize the environmental impacts of 
animal agriculture and food production.
  In Arkansas, there are many successful rendering companies, and I am 
grateful for the jobs they create and their proficiency in generating 
useful products for consumers. We celebrate the inaugural National 
Rendering Day on April 21 and recognize the countless contributions of 
the industry to protecting the environment, delivering sustainable 
solutions, and growing the economy. I am pleased to join this special 
acknowledgment to help bring awareness to reducing and eliminating food 
waste through rendering and promote rendered products as a sustainable 
choice for our planet.