American Wood Council commends House and Senate for work on Farm Bill that mandates research on wood as green building material, includes Forest Products Fairness Act provision that recognizes wood products as biobased

WASHINGTON , January 28, 2014 (press release) – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski today issued the following statement regarding the release of the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Report.

“We commend the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture for their leadership in developing a bipartisan Farm Bill to move forward. We also applaud conferees for including a strengthened research program for using wood as a green building material and for including provisions of H.R. 979, the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2013, which clarifies that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program should recognize wood products as ‘biobased.’

“Wood products are by their very nature biobased, and this Farm Bill mandates important changes to USDA’s biobased program that will allow wood products to fully participate in the program as intended.”

The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 75 percent of the industry. From a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, the wood products industry makes products that are essential to everyday life and employs over one-third of a million men and women in well-paying jobs. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components. AWC also provides technical, legal, and economic information on wood design, green building, and manufacturing environmental regulations advocating for balanced government policies that sustain the wood products industry. Visit AWC online at www.awc.org or follow us on Twitter @woodcouncil.

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