WASHINGTON – The American Wood Council (AWC) is pleased to announce its strong support and appreciation for President Obama's signing of the Farm Bill, which recognizes and promotes several issues of interest to AWC and its member companies.
"This new law is a step in the right direction, and we appreciate the hard work done by our allies in Congress to make it happen – particularly the leadership of Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member Thad Cochran, Chairman Frank Lucas, and Ranking Member Colin Peterson," said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. "We look forward to working further with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that provisions in the law are implemented."
Provisions in the final Farm Bill compromise that garnered AWC's support include language to help promote the use of wood in buildings and to help ensure long-term forest sustainability. Specifically, those provisions included:
- stronger market opportunities for forests as part of the USDA's BioPreferred program by improving prospects for wood in green building markets;
- language requiring reporting on the number of buildings the U.S. Forest Service has built with wood as the primary structural material and their investments in green building and wood promotion; and
- language that requires the USDA to establish a forestry and forest products research and extension initiative to develop tools – including life cycle assessments – that address the needs of the forestry sector in communicating the beneficial characteristics of wood as a green building material.