On August 13, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania), Chair of the House Conservation, Energy and Forestry Subcommittee, and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), a member of that Subcommittee, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing their concern about USDA’s implementation of its Biobased Markets Program, which establishes a federal procurement preference and voluntary labeling program for what it defines as “biobased products.”
On September 19, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) introduced the Keep the Forest and Farm in the Family Act of 2012 (HR 6439) to provide estate tax relief for forest owners, farmers, and ranchers—presuming Congress fails to extend estate tax provisions scheduled to expire this December 31.
An article dated August 24 from New Scientist magazine profiles “the hottest new material in town,” known as nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), produced by highly specialized processes from purified wood pulp.
The new Highway Bill, signed into law on July 6, did not enact the comprehensive truck weight reform to liberalize Interstate access that FRA and our allies advocated, since maneuvers by our opponents resulted in a “study” of potential impacts being substituted. However, thanks to the work of Congressional...