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Forest Products Fairness Act

H.R. 979 & S. 463

FLA applauds Chairman Thompson and Senator Pryor along with the original cosponsors in introducing the Forest Products Fairness Act in the US House and Senate. The intent of this bill is fully in line with FLA’s Guiding Principles of Access to Free and Open Markets. Current USDA policy of excluding forest products as a bio-preferred product restricts the use of wood related building materials that are not only good for our environment but are vital to our economy and the preservation of private forests in America.

 

Read Thompson's Press Release

Read Pryor's Press Release

 

H.R. 979 and S. 463 would level the playing field by clarifying that lumber and paper products should be included in the BioPreferred and Voluntary Labeling programs, thus opening new markets for American forestry producers by allowing their products to qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Bio-based Markets Program, also known as Bio-Preferred.

The legislation also clairifies the definition of "biobased” materials to specifically include all forest products regardless of "newness” or "market maturity” 

 

Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA )discusses Forest Product Fairness Act with USDA Secretary Vilsak. Forest Products Fairness Act of 2013, would modify the definition of "biobased” materials to specifically include all forest products regardless of "newness” or "market maturity” in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program’s voluntary labeling and government procurement initiatives.

At Issue

H.R. 979 and S. 463 would modify the definition of "biobased” materials to specifically include all forest products regardless of "newness” or "market maturity” in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program’s voluntary labeling and government procurement initiatives.

 

H.R. 979 and S. 463 would level the playing field by clarifying that lumber and paper products should be included in the BioPreferred and Voluntary Labeling programs, thus opening new markets for American forestry producers by allowing their products to qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Bio-based Markets Program, also known as Bio-Preferred.

 

USDA’s BioPreferred Program was created as a part of the 2002 farm bill and was intended to encourage the use of biobased products throughout the federal government. As currently administered, USDA excludes most forest products from the program despite their express inclusion under the law.  

 

 

 

 

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