WASHINGTON – American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski today issued the following statement regarding yesterday's House's passage of the 2013 Farm Bill.
"We commend Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) for their leadership in providing a mechanism to allow important parts of the 2013 Farm Bill to move forward. We also applaud Reps. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-PA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) for their work to include the provisions of H.R. 979, the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2013
(FPFA), 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 should be eligible to compete in the program on a level playing field with other biobased products as was originally intended by the law. We hope that as House and Senate conferees now work out any differences in the bills, they will be mindful of the positive environmental benefits that can accrue from the use of biobased wood products and ensure inclusion of the FPFA provisions in the final bill."