AWC: Final Farm Bill encourages mass timber innovation

Dec 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding today’s final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill includes the Research Title and Wood Innovation Grant language from the Timber Innovation Act  (S.538/H.R. 1380), and separately a clarification on what constitutes a “USDA Certified Biobased Product” under federal procurement guidelines. AWC partnered with the National Alliance of Forest Owners and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

“Innovation is something everyone can agree on. We are pleased that the final Farm Bill promotes further research and development into mass timber, an emerging category of wood products that will revolutionize how America builds. Use of mass timber will allow the United States to build tall buildings out of renewable, carbon-sequestering materials.”

“AWC thanks the conferees for their time and dedication reconciling their respective Farm Bills. The leadership of House Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Senate Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), as well as the over 50 bipartisan cosponsors of the Timber Innovation Act in both the House and Senate, produced a bill that supports our nation’s forest products industry. We encourage the President to quickly sign this bill into law.”