AWC Statement on President Obama's Biobased Product Procurement Memorandum

Feb 24, 2012
Association urges USDA to recognize all wood products as “biobased”

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President Robert Glowinski released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s memorandum directing the federal government to increase procurement of biobased products.

“We applaud the intent of President Obama’s memorandum to help protect and increase rural jobs by promoting the use of agricultural products.  Use of sustainable, biobased products can create and protect thousands of well-paying jobs in the U.S. and stimulate the economies of many rural areas.  

“The unfortunate irony is that USDA’s regulation, referenced in the president’s memo, will exclude most wood products – which are nearly all 100 percent biobased -  from the biobased programs.  This exclusion prevents wood products manufacturing facilities around the country from participating in the USDA biobased programs. Clearly, USDA needs to recognize ‘biobased’ wood products and their impact on the rural economy.

“The wood products industry supports thousands of sustainable jobs in this country, and our products deserve to be recognized within USDA’s biobased programs.”