There will be no Hardwood Checkoff promotions program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stopped the rulemaking process on the controversial "Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research and Information Order." The termination is effective Oct. 29.
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The US Hardwood Lumber Industrial Coalition is again calling into question the need for a Hardwood Checkoff Program, claiming the latest round of revisions would generate revenues of less than $2 million, an amount smaller than that claimed by the program's proponents and far below the $10 million sought in the original proposal.
Plywood, flooring and green mills would be removed and fees would be scaled back under a simplified Hardwood Checkoff program being proposed by sponsors. The proposed changes to the "Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Promotion, Research, and Information Order" would result in program funding being cut from an estimated $10 million down to around $3 million to $4 million.
The Hardwood Checkoff program proposal has been given a “green light” for further action at the United States Department of Agriculture, according to the Hardwood Checkoff Committee.
The US Hardwood Industry Coalition says it is clarifying the status of the proposed Hardwood Checkoff with news that the USDA has elected not to proceed on the proposal.