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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the five year Farm Bill conference report that House and Senate negotiators released last night.
“I applaud House and Senate Farm bill negotiators, especially Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Chairman Frank Lucas, for their hard work and diligence in developing a bipartisan Farm Bill. Their work to secure language clarifying the inclusion of forest products in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program is important for the paper, packaging and wood products industry. The final language in the bill helps to preserve the treatment of forest roads as non-point sources and is a significant step towards providing the certainty the forestry community needs.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.