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USDA announces that it is terminating the proposal to establish a Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order.

posted on October 28, 2015

The USDA announced today that it is terminating the proposal to establish a Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (Checkoff).

The Order was proposed by the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC), and would have authorized a national research and promotion program for hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood.

Based on comments received, outstanding substantive questions and significant proposed modifications from stakeholders, USDA is terminating the proceeding.

Per the communique released by the USDA on October 28, 2015:

"This action terminates a rulemaking proceeding that proposed to establish a Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order (Order) under authority in the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The Order was proposed by the proponent group, the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC), and would have authorized a national research and promotion program for hardwood lumber and hardwood plywood. USDA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in response to the extensive comments received. Based on comments received, outstanding substantive questions and significant proposed modifications from stakeholders, USDA is terminating the proceeding. Termination of this proceeding will remove ex parte communication prohibitions and allow USDA to engage fully with all interested parties to discuss and consider the evolving needs of the industry going forward."

The official USDA announcement can be viewed HERE.