US Hardwood Federation urges members to ask their legislators to approve proposed farm bill, which would maintain funding for AHEC's 'vital services' that keep hardwood industry competitive globally

LOS ANGELES , November 16, 2012 () – The U.S. Hardwood Federation is working to ensure that the proposed farm bill passes, noting that it would maintain funding to keep the American hardwood industry competitive worldwide, reported Hardwood Floors Magazine on Nov. 14.

H.R. 6083 would authorize funding for two important programs of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), according to an email the Hardwood Federation sent to its members, urging them to contact their legislators regarding the bill.

If funding is not approved via the bill, it would put the U.S. hardwood industry at a “substantial competitive disadvantage” in the global marketplace, the Hardwood Federation stated in the email, Hardwood Floors Magazine reported.

The bill, which is called the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012, would authorize funding for the AHEC’s Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program.

MAP would receive funding of US$200 million and the FDM program will be allocated $34.5 million, which are the same amounts as set in the 2008 farm bill. Action on the bill can be taken at www.bipac.net, reported Hardwood Floors Magazine.

The primary source of this article is Hardwood Floors Magazine, Madison, Wisconsin, on Nov. 14, 2012.

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