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Learn about the latest in processing wood and bio-based materials at the 4th International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI), Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 25 and 26, in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
You will hear new information on processing these advanced materials:
See the full program here.
- Biopolymer composites
- Lingo-nanocellulose and lignin-based carbon fibers
- Novel adhesives for engineered wood products including soy flour and lignin-based alternatives
- Use of agricultural waste for panel production
- Particleboard from post-harvest sugar cane
The PTF BPI conference is dedicated to the exchange of information and ideas about research on process technologies, quality control and process improvement. It is jointly hosted by The Forest Products Society and Forest Products and Timber Construction Department-Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.
The deadline to receive the discounted registration rate is Monday, Sept. 26. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at varying prices from bronze to gold levels. For more information, visit here.
Two special workshops: "Experimental Design Workshop for Manufacturers and Researchers" and "Life Cycle Assessment: Everything You Need to Know and Were Afraid to Ask," will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, during the 4th International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries (PTF BPI), at The King and Prince Golf Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
The "Experimental Design Workshop," taught by Timothy M. Young, Ph.D., from The University of Tennessee, will offer participants the basics of developing a design and interpreting statistical results from experimental data.
The workshop offers a great contemporary and practical overview for manufacturers and scientists. Key topics include:
What is "Life Cycle Assessment" or "LCA"? Participants will answer these questions and more in the workshop "Life Cycle Assessment: Everything You Need to Know and Were Afraid to Ask." Taught by Maureen Puettmann, Ph.D., of WoodLife Environmental Consultants, participants will gain a greater understanding of what it takes to develop and interpret a LCA reports, as well as determine factors to decide if an LCA is good for their small business. Topics include:
- General Linear Model (GLM)
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- Factorial Design
- Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA)
- Taguchi Robust Product Design
For more information about these workshop, please visit here.
- How to begin thinking about a product LCA?
- What data are required?
- What is an impact assessment?
- What do the results mean?
- How does my LCA stack up?
- What is an Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)?
Registration ends on Monday, Sept. 26, for the 9th International WoodEMA Scientific Conference, to be held Oct. 5-8, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The theme of the conference is "The Path Forward For Wood Products: A Global Perspective."
Conference topics include:
The conference is sponsored by WoodEMA, Forest Products Society, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and LSU Ag Center. For more information including registration, program and hotel accommodations, visit here.
- Production Processes
- Production and Business Economics
- Wood Products and Furniture Trade
- Business and Marketing
- Production Management
- Quality Control and Management
- Product and Business Innovation
- Information Systems
- Wood-Based Bioenergy and Biofuels
The Forest Products Society, in conjunction with Mississippi State University, has reschedule its three-day Introduction to Wood Science Forest Products course from Feb. 28 through March 2 at Mississippi State's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in Starkville, Mississippi.
This course is for suppliers, consultants, claims agents and anyone who needs to understand trees, harvesting, wood anatomy and how wood is processed into today's products. Students will also discuss current issues in the forest products industry, along with green building and product testing.
For question regarding the course, including registration, accommodation and program information, visit here, or contact Scott Springmier
The Associated Press via WMTV-TV
A new report says moving the Department of Natural Resources' forestry headquarters to northern Wisconsin would likely cost millions of dollars. The 2015-17 state budget mandated the DNR prepare a proposal to move the headquarters. The agency submitted a report on a potential move as part of its 2017-19 budget request.
More than $604,000 in grants are being awarded to help Pennsylvania's rural communities guard against the threat of fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced. Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry's annual fall foliage reports, which for many years have given autumn leaf-peepers weekly updates on the progress of the annual changing of the colors in woodlands across the state, have been canceled this year because of a lack of foresters. To fill that void, Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, West Virginia State Parks and tourism-related businesses have teamed up to launch a web-based, user-generated platform — #MyWV Fall Color — to showcase autumn foliage and track its progress.
Tariff barriers imposed on Canadian softwood lumber have cost U.S. consumers $6 billion, says the Montreal Economic Institute, a Canadian public policy research center. Protective tariffs imposed since an agreement lapsed between the two nations is also enriching a limited group of producers, the center contends in a viewpoint issued Sept. 15. Some U.S. softwood lumber producers are calling for the imposition of limits and tariffs on Canadian imports, arguing that Canadian softwood represents unfair competition because it is subsidized.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service recently released a Global Agricultural Information Network report on Japan's renewable fuel industry, which reviews the country’s renewable fuel mandates/policy and progress toward meeting them, as well as biofuel and wood pellet market development, imports and exports. The report provides an overview of Japan’s current plan to introduce 500 million liters of crude oil equivalent biofuel by 2017, the country's sustainability standards and incentives for biofuels, and touches on other renewable policies and programs, including a goal to increase Japan's power supply from renewable energy sources to 22-24 percent by 2030.
For decades, the businesses that ensure the sustainability and reforestation of our country's forests have relied on the H-2B Guestworker program to keep their doors open. However, the viability of these businesses is currently in question as the program’s Returning Worker Exemption is set to expire at the end of this month. In order for businesses operating in the wood supply chain to meet demand, employ workers and grow their operations, it is imperative that Congress renew the returning worker exemption in the Continuing Resolution and FY 2017 funding.
German designer Elisa Strozyk has completely rethought the idea of a textile. Her half-wood, half-textile "wooden textiles" transform wood into flexible wooden surfaces through a deconstruction into pieces, which are then attached to a textile base. Strozyk's wooden textiles are available in wentwood, mortimer, sherwood and ashdown. They're made by cutting wood panels into various shapes and patterns.
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