WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 4, 2014 (Press Release) -American Forest Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred program final rule.
"The rule publication is a step in the right direction on an issue that's very important to our industry. Paper and wood products are biobased by their very nature, and manufacturers are developing new and exciting products all the time to meet consumers' changing needs. We look forward to seeing the interim guidance that USDA plans to release in the next month that addresses the issue of what is considered innovative, and we will eagerly await a more permanent rule next year."
The American Forest Paper Association (AFPA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AFPA 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.