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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) release of its proposed rule on the BioPreferred Program, indicating the inclusion of many paper and wood products for federal procurement and voluntary product labeling.
“We’re pleased that USDA has formally issued its proposed rule, as paper and wood products deserve to be recognized for their inherent biobased qualities. AF&PA supported the 2014 Farm Bill provisions to ensure inclusion of innovative paper and wood products in the program. We’re proud of our industry’s innovative products and processes and look forward to the opportunity to comment on the rule.”
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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 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 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.