Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that new forest products will be included in the BioPreferred program, opening new opportunities for market growth. It reverses the 2014 Farm Bill stating that forest products were ineligible because they were “mature market.”
The announcement was welcomed by the American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski who issued the following statement: “Wood products are by their very nature biobased. The USDA BioPreferred Program now officially recognizes the innovative nature of wood products in the market today, including recognition of third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations.
“EPDs are the nutrition labels of the building products. Designers, builders and consumers now have science-based tools to determine the environmental impacts of a material. Wood products will often be found to have a smaller environmental impact because they are renewable, have lower emissions and embodied energy, are manufactured using a majority of biomass for energy needs and provide long-term storage of carbon.”