USDA opens 61-day comment period on proposed rule that would authorize Softwood Lumber Board to collect late payment, interest charges, relating to softwood lumber check-off program

LOS ANGELES , May 14, 2014 () – The U.S. Agricultural Marketing Service is inviting comments on a proposed rule that would prescribe late payment and interest charges on past due assessments under the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order.

The order is administered by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) with oversight by USDA. The SLB was established under the order to administer the program known as the softwood lumber check-off, which provides for USDA and the SLB to collect assessments from US manufacturers and importers to promote softwood lumber in U.S. markets.

The service published the proposed rule in the U.S. Federal Register on May 15 with a 61-day comment period, staitng that it would implement authority for the SLB to collect late payment and interest charges on past due assessments, and contribute to effective administration of the program.

The primary source of this article is the Federal Register, Washington, on May 13. 2014. The original document can be viewed here.

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