The Softwood Lumber Board (Board), which administers a national research and promotion program for softwood lumber, is seeking nominees to fill six seats on the Board. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees the program, would like to encourage all eligible industry members to participate in the process. In an effort to enhance the diversity of the Board, USDA also encourages women, minorities and people with disabilities to seek a position on the Board.
As you may know, the Board is composed of 19 members. The Board meets throughout the year to develop and review marketing and research activities and make recommendations to USDA regarding its programs. The national program became effective in 2011 and is funded by assessments on U.S. manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber to the United States. The purpose of the program is to increase the demand for softwood lumber within the United States.
The Board will hold elections to fill six seat for members whose terms expire on December 31, 2018. Domestic manufacturers will fill four seats – two small companies* representing the U.S. South region and two large companies representing the U.S. West region. Two seats will be filled by softwood lumber importers – one large company representing the Canada West region and one large company representing the Canada East region. Each member will serve a 3-year term.
Nomination applications are due to the Board by Friday, April 20, 2018. To be eligible, nominees operating within the regions must work for companies that manufacture and ship within the United States, or import into the United States, at least 15 million board feet of softwood lumber annually. Individuals may nominate themselves or another eligible person.
Ballots will then be mailed to the four regions for a vote; all assessment paying companies in a region regardless of size are eligible to vote for all seats in their region. The top two candidates for each position will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary will then appoint members from the pool of candidates receiving the most votes.
*Under the program, large companies are those that account for the top two-thirds of the volume of assessable softwood lumber annually and small companies account for the remaining assessable softwood lumber.
Nomination forms may be found at this link, and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Softwood Lumber Board
1101 K St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
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