Text of the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on May 31, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 31, 2012 (Introduced).

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2d Session

H. R. 5873


May 31, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Schrader, Mr. McIntyre, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Owens, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Graves of Georgia, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Jones, Mr. Duffy, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Welch, Mr. Womack, Mr. Nunnelee, Mr. Kissell, Mr. Ross of Arkansas, Mr. Southerland, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Benishek, Mrs. Emerson, Ms. Sewell, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, and Mrs. Ellmers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to modify the definition of the term biobased product.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2012.


Definition of biobased product

Section 9001 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8101) is amended—


by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following:


Biobased product


In general

The term biobased product means a product determined by the Secretary to be a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is—


composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products, including renewable domestic agricultural materials and forestry materials; or


an intermediate ingredient or feedstock.



The term biobased product, with respect to forestry materials, includes forest products that meet biobased content requirements, notwithstanding the market share the product holds, the age of the product, or whether the market for the product is new or emerging.



by redesignating paragraphs (9) through (14) as paragraphs (10) through (15), respectively; and


by inserting after paragraph (8) the following:


Forest product


In general

The term forest product means a product made from materials derived from the practice of forestry or the management of growing timber.



The term forest product includes—


pulp, paper, paperboard, pellets, and wood products; and


any recycled products derived from forest materials.