Posted By John Dorka,
Monday, April 30, 2012
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Weekly News 4.30.12
- BWC News from CareWorks. Open Enrollment for Workers Compensation runs
from April 30 through May 25, 2012. Here are two news releases from CareWorks MCO (Managed Care Organization) who manages the OFA Group
Safety Program. The attachments note that CareWorks achieved a #1
return to work performance on the BWC’s 2012 MCO Report Card, and has also
achieved a #1 rating over a 9-year period from 2003 through 2011.
- Bucking for Value Training. OFA and OSU Extension are looking into offering
Bucking for Value Training to OFA members and others in logging and
sawmilling to help them improve their bottom line through better log
bucking techniques. Following a meeting last week, we agreed to
further assess industry need and interest. I would appreciate
hearing from OFA members on their thoughts with training, which could
involve full day training workshops. Part of the training package
may include short sessions offered at Logger Chapter meetings which would
focus on a few of the key principles of bucking for value.
- Lumber Grading Short Course, June 4-7, 2012. Once again, OFA in cooperation with Yoder Lumber
Co, Inc. is hosting a 4-Day Lumber Grading Short Course at the Yoder’s
Buckhorn Facility in Millersburg. The class will run from June 4
through June 7 and will again be taught by NHLA instructor Barry Kibbey. Anyone interested can register
on-line at the OFA website, or you can call OFA to register at
614-497-9580. Seating is limited!
- OFA Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, June
10-15, 2012. For the 63rd consecutive year, OFA will host a Forestry Camp for high school
students. This year’s camp will run June 10-15 at FFA Camp Muskingum
in Carroll County. Prospective students
on-line at the OFA website or phone OFA for information,
614-497-9580. Anyone wishing to support students with scholarship
assistance can do so with a tax deductible donation to the OFA Foundation
on behalf of the Forestry Camp. Contact Gayla at OFA for information
- WRI Global Timber and Wood Products Update. Here is a link to a WRI news brief on Global Timber and Wood Products. The report
briefly states that Chinese demand for lumber and logs declined in the
first quarter of 2012 due to a slow down in housing. However, the
good news is that North American log and lumber exporters have increased
market share relative particularly to Russia
and New Zealand.
- Farm Bill Biobased Markets Program. OFA weighed in with Ohio’s Senator Bob Portman and Sherrod
Brown asking for their support of S. 2346, The Forest Products Fairness
Act. The Biobased Markets Program was created in the 2002 Farm Bill
to encourage use of American grown "biobased” products. However, the
USDA has not included forest products in the program as it considers
forest products part of "mature markets.” Currently, forest products
do not have a purchase preference among USDA programs. That would
change if S. 2346 passes. You can read more about the bill here in a one-page summary provided by the American Forest Foundation.
- SBA Workshop Schedule. Alex Kohls from the Small Business
Administration (SBA) sent OFA a schedule of workshops and events hosted by
SBA. Workshops deal with
exporting and international trade. Note at the end of the attachment
is information on the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters
(IMAGE) program. This program, hosted by Ohio
and the US SBA, provides up to 50% financial reimbursement to Ohio companies to
offset the cost of export related activities such as international trade
show participation, export education programs, marketing and translation
services, etc. Appalachian companies are eligible for up to 85%
financial reimbursement. The attachment has contact information
for anyone interested in knowing more about the program.
- WERC Update.
You can see the latest Wood
Education and Research Update on-line. The update contains
information on upcoming training sessions and archived webinars on a host
of wood product manufacturing and other forestry-related subjects.
The report also contains other items of interest including an Update
on the Housing Market by Urs Buehlmann from the Virginia Tech
Department of Wood Science and Forest Products and Delton Alderman from
the USDA Forest Sciences Lab, and an Update
on Wood Markets by Dan Deckard from the Minnesota DNR.
- Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) Update. Here is a link to the latest information on ALB activities in Ohio and 3 other states where
eradication activities are taking place. It is interesting to note
that in two states, New York and New Jersey, crews
are monitoring to declare the states have eradicated the ALB. It
took 14 years of eradication tree removals in New
York (18,467 trees removed), and 9 yeas of eradication
removals in New Jersey
(21,981 trees removed) before it appeared eradication activities were
- Southern Ohio Forestland Association (SOFA) May Newsletter. Here is the most recent newsletter
from SOFA. It contains information on the most recent meeting at the
John and Sue Hilger Tree Farm, invasive species including Asian Longhorned
Beetle, Thousand Cankers Disease of Walnut, and Gypsy Moth, the Vinton
Furnace Day in the Woods on April 14, American Indian Trail Marker Trees,
upcoming meeting schedule, hunt lease liability insurance, boundary
marking tree paint, the coyote and deer, and hunting wild mushrooms.
- Hank Peters Passes Away.
It was reported last week that Henry "Hank” Peters, creator of the Hank
Peters Lumberjack Show and long-time participant in the Paul Bunyan Show
passed away in Cincinnati
at 96 years of age. You can read a brief obituary
on Hank in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
- Paul Bunyan Show Exhibit Contracts on the way. The Paul Bunyan Show exhibitor material will be mailed this week. All of the forms can be downloaded from the exhibitor page on the OFA website and on-line registration will be live by the end of this week.
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