Current Events & Issues 

The Current Events & Information section of the TFA website provides our members with the latest news, upcoming events and other information related to TFA.

Please check back often for event updates and important announcements

2017 Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference

04/07/2017 - 06/30/2017

Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference (SFTIC) has met biannually for 64 years to exchange information and to discuss research and future needs for forest tree breeding. The University of Florida/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the Cooperative Forest Genetics Research Program, in cooperation with the Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee, are proud to host the 34th annual meeting of SFTIC in sunny Melbourne Beach, FL at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront hotel.

For more information, please click the link below...

http://www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/sftic2017/site.html.

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2017 National Firewood Workshop in Statesville, NC

03/24/2017 - 04/30/2017

National Firewood Workshop

April 27th, 2017

Iredell County Cooperative Extension Office in Statesville, NC

For more information visit NC State University website at
https://goo.gl/jg5qF2 or contact Harry Watt at NCSU 704-880-3067; harry_watt@ncsu.edu/ncwood  or a brochure can be obtained by clicking here. Please note advance registration is required. 

 

 

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TN Nature Conservancy is hosting a Firewood Klin Workshop.

03/24/2017 - 04/30/2017

TN Nature Conservancy is hosting a Firewood Klin Workshop.

Friday, April 21st, 2017 ~ 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The workshop will be held at

University of TN Extension Center in Jackson, TN. For more information or to register please visit TN Nature Conservancy’s website at https://goo.gl/NELaAI or contact Katie Pareigis  with the Nature Conservancy: 615-383-9909 or kpareigis@tnc.org. TN Nature Conservancy Press Release can be dowloading by clicking here.

 

 

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Traci Middleton at Middleton Lumber Company in Puryear was recently highlighted by the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture....

02/24/2017 -

Traci Middleton at Middleton Lumber Company in Puryear was recently highlighted by the Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture for her role in her family sawmill business.

Please check-out the video below.  Also, the video includes a Williamson County farmer who is a Woman in Agriculture as well.

This is Traci’s story:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAzSic6m7mQ&t=17s

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Govenor, Bill Haslam proclaims September 30, 2011 Tennessee Forestry Association Day

10/18/2011 -

State of Tennessee Promclaimation by Govenor, Bill Haslam, that Semptember 30th, 2011 will be proclaim as Tennessee Forestry Association Day. Please click for more information.

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08-02-2013 Announcing the State of TN Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Program

08/02/2013 -

The Tennessee Division of Forestry is introducing the Tennessee Certied Prescribed Burn Manager program. Information provided in the certied burn manager course can help you do your burning more effectively and in a safer manner. Being a Tennessee Certied Prescribed Burn Manager also provides a certain amount of liability protection.

Please click the link below for a downloadable pdf flyer providing more information on the Ceritified Prescribed Burn Manager Program.

 State of TN Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Program Flyer

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Faces of Forestry Presentation

03/16/2012 -

Please click here to download a pdf version of the "Faces of Forestry" PowerPoint by Steve Owen, TFA President.

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Red Boiling Springs Master Logger Class featured in Macon County Times.

12/15/2016 -

 

Photo & Write up in Macon County Times

Link to article on Macon County Times website


As pictured...Front row: Daniel Hooten, Todd Smith, Jeff Shoulders, Don Boze, Scotty Green, Steve Draper, Roger Draper, Harold Rippy, Channie Newberry Sr., Dan Oliver, Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck, Dana Howard, Dr. Adam Taylor Second row: Hugh Clark, Calvin Nash, John Smith, Rodney Jolin, Mickey Harp, Wayne Goad, Jonathan Kelly, Jr. Carmack, Jason Hailey, Eric Hooten, Ricky Hooten, Rocky Hooten, Jerry Rich, Heath Honeycutt, Nick Jones, Jr. Draper, Brandon Clark Back row: Mike Sweezy, Mike Fleming, Ryan Hooten, Larry Rippy, Andy Goad, Tim Gentry, Randall Bray, Tyson Bray, Mike Gibbs, Wes Stafford, Danny Gentry, Channie Newberry Jr.

On December 6, 2016 a Master Logger Continuing Education Class was conducted at Clark Lumber Company by Dr. Wayne Clatterbuck and Dr. Adam Taylor of the University of Tennessee.  The Master Logger Program teaches logging methods that benefit both the industry and the forest.

The initial Master Logger Course is an intense 5 day program that addresses topics such as Logging Safety, First Aid, CPR, Forest Management and Best Management Practices (BMP) to be used during the harvesting of the timber.

After the initial course has been completed the Master Logger must every 2 years attend a recertification class to retain their status.

This year's class  was sponsored by the TN Forestry Association, TN Division of Forestry and Clark Lumber Company.  "We are proud of all the loggers in this area that have worked hard to improve in the practices taught in this program" stated Hugh Clark of Clark Lumber Company.  "The Forestry Industry is a vital part of our economy here in Middle TN and Southern KY and about 95% of the logs that we process through our mills are harvested by Master Loggers."

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GET THE BENEFITS OF PRESCRIBED BURNING WITH INSURANCE THROUGH TFA.

03/11/2011 -

 

 
For years professional foresters have prescribed low-intensity burning to enhance timber growth, and to improve wildlife habitat. However, burning, even low-intensity burning, has its liabilities. So today, many timberland owners are not willing to assume the risks. The result has been the accumulation of thick understory which, in turn, has reduced the quality of timber, making wild fires that do occur hotter and much worse for the trees. So foresters have been searching for an affordable answer. The Outdoor Underwriters Prescribed Burning Insurance Program Is Designed To Provide Landowners With A Per Burn Product Previously Unavailable In The Marketplace. Master policies can also be issued to consultant foresters and wildlife biologists who burn for multiple landowners. For timberland owners, the premium may even be tax-deductible. Now, while the weather is cool and wet, is the time to consider prescribed burning. And with Outdoor Underwriters Prescribed Burning Insurance Program, you can improve your forest and reduce your liability exposure.
 
 
Call Troll Free number 866-961-4101

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EMERALD ASH BORER (EAB) INFORMATION FOR LOGGERS

08/17/2010 -

To meet the regulatory requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) pertaining to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), loggers that are operating in Knox and Loudon Counties will need to enter into a Federal Compliance Agreement.

Within the Compliance Agreement, there are two main requirements for loggers operating in Knox and Loudon counties. First, loggers are only allowed to move ash outside of the quarantined area from October 1 to March 1. Second, the receiving mills must be under a valid Federal Compliance Agreement for the processing of regulated ash.  
 
Each shipment must be accompanied by a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA APHIS PPQ) Limited Permit. A book of Limited Permits will be obtained when a Compliance Agreement is signed. Loggers are responsible for maintaining records of all shipments.  It is not necessary to have each truckload of ash logs inspected. However, USDA and TDA reserve the right to conduct periodic inspections of shipments as well as audit records.

To establish a Compliance Agreement, loggers may contact either the USDA APHIS PPQ or TDA. Loggers can contact USDA APHIS PPQ at (615) 907-3357 or TDA at (615) 837-5338.

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Biomass Crop Assistance Program for Tennessee

12/07/2009 -

 

The following is a summary of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) that looks to be very beneficial for many of our forest products facilities and suppliers in the state of Tennessee. This is a simplified overview and is meant to be an introduction only; all the details, forms and information are available on the USDA Farm Services Agency website: www.fsa.usda.gov
 
BCAP provides financial assistance to producers or entities that deliver eligible biomass material to designated biomass conversion facilities for use as heat, power, biobased products or biofuels. Initial assistance will be for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) costs associated with the delivery of eligible materials.
The program currently includes forest products facilities that are burning biomass materials in boilers for process steam or steam for drying lumber. The matching payment is made to the supplier and not the Biomass Conversion Facility (BCF) and equals a dollar for dollar payment for the cost of biomass material up to $45 per dry ton. 
The first step is for a using facility (BCF) to apply and agree to be included as a facility participating in the Biomass Crop Assistance Program’s Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation component. The suppliers that are selling the BCF sawdust, bark and other biomass must have some type of purchase agreement from the BCF to take to their county office of the Farm Services Agency (FSA) to apply for a CHST matching payment before delivery of any material. The supplier submits a “Request for Payment” to the county FSA office after material has been delivered to the BCF and is then paid for the delivered material. 
For example: A paper mill such as Temple Inland (Facility ID 4708501) makes application to be a BCF and is accepted and issued a BCF number. A sawmill that is taking their sawdust to Temple goes to the FSA office in Montgomery County with their purchase agreement from Temple and applies for a CHST matching payment. When the sawmill delivers loads of sawdust to Temple, they take their original scale tickets, invoices or payments made and conversion from green to dry tons to the county office for matching payment. A smaller lumber facility that is buying biomass for their boiler to dry lumber would have to go through the same process. An entity cannot be both a BCF and a supplier.
As of this date there are two BCFs in Tennessee:
ID 4708501, Temple Inland Inc., New Johnsonville Mill, (931) 535-2161, tracysmith@templeinland.com
ID 4707101, Packaging Corporation of America, Counce Mill, (731) 689-1220, gdurrence@packagingcorp.com
All the forms and more detailed directions are on the FSA website. If you have questions after reading the materials, you can call or email:
Doug Schnabel, TN Division of Forestry, 615 837 5430, doug.schnabel@tn.gov
Dana Howard, TN Forestry Association, 615 883 3832, dhoward@tnforestry.com
Pat Gibson, Farm Services Agency, 615 277 2617, pat.gibson@tn.usda.gov

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Sales Tax Exemption on Off Road Diesel Fuel

06/22/2009 -

Sales Tax Exemption on Off Road Diesel Fuel

Timber harvesters will need to download the application for registration, complete and send to TN Department of Revenue forms can be downloaded below...

The application is used to obtain a Tennessee agricultural sales or use tax exemption certificate. This certificate must beused to make qualified agricultural purchases exempt from sales and use tax. You must complete the front of this application and submit withcopies of any requested documents.

Farmers, Timbers Harvesters & Nursery Operators Notice #07-12

Sales Tax Exemption Application

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USDA Prescribed Fire in Upland Hardwood Forest Brochure

03/28/2014 -

Please click the link below to download the brochure...

USDA Prescribed Fire in Upland Hardwood Forest Brochure

 

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TFA Passes Resolution through General Assembly Recognizing Tennessee's Sustainable Forests.

06/14/2011 -

TFA is very proud to provide a copy of the signed resolution by Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Representative John Tidwell recognizing the value and importance of Tennessee’s sustainable forests, Master Loggers, forest landowners and our wood products industry.   The resolution notes that forest harvest and mortality consistently have been much less than forest growth, and forest inventory has increased significantly over the past few decades.  The Governor, Senate and House leadership and legislators also noted that the report “Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in Tennessee” found that forestry activities have few adverse effects on water quality.  In closing the resolution, the Governor and Legislature states “we hereby express our support for wood products sourced from Tennessee’s forests, recognizing that the forests of Tennessee provide many benefits, including a source of legitimate wood products”.  The resolution was adopted on May 21, 2011.

TFA appreciates our membership’s support to help in our efforts to pass this resolution so readily through the House and Senate.  Governor Haslam also very promptly signed the resolution.  Our organization also appreciates Rep. John Tidwell’s help in sponsoring this important resolution.  Rep. Tidwell represents District 74 and lives in New Johnsonville.

All House and Senate members voted FOR this resolution.  There was no opposition and no dissenting votes against this resolution.

TFA hopes that this resolution will provide support to our mills that need documentation of our state’s sustainable forests for overseas and domestic customers.  For a signed copy of the resolution, please click here.  For more information, please contact Candace at TFA.

 

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