Text of the Forest Products Fairness Act of 2013

This bill was introduced on March 6, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 6, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 979


March 6, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Schrader, Mr. Southerland, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Hurt, Mr. Westmoreland, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Walden, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Welch, Mr. Jones, Mr. Benishek, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Mr. Nunnelee, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Young of Alaska, Ms. Pingree of Maine, Mr. Michaud, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Owens, Mr. Bonner, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Bishop of Georgia, Mrs. Noem, Mr. Gosar, Mrs. Ellmers, Mr. Labrador, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Womack, Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Kilmer, Mr. Nolan, Mr. Goodlatte, Mr. McIntyre, Mrs. Roby, Mr. Graves of Georgia, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Kuster, Ms. DelBene, and Ms. Bonamici) 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 2013 .


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, lumber and other wood products; and


any recycled products derived from forest materials.