Jacob Minor | FRA Project and Communications Manager

Jacob Minor | FRA Project and Communications Manager

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FRA Issue Update - 10/15/21

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced on October 12 that the first half of the FY 2022 cap of 33,000 visas was reached on September 30. This is the earliest that the H-2B cap has been met and is six-weeks sooner than the FY 2021 first half visas.

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FRA Issue Update - 10/8/21

On Thursday, The Hill ran an op-ed by FRA President Deb Hawkinson. In the opinion piece titled, “Who is going to plant all those trees? --Thune's bill addresses multi-year tree planting backlog,” explores how several bills introduced this year address the need for increased tree planting but fail to address the dire labor shortages.
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Executive Vice President of Minnesota Forest Industries

MFI is seeking a Chief Executive Vice President to serve as spokesperson, to recommend and implement policies and programs, and to provide leadership for MFI staff.

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Business Analyst - Forest2Market

Forest2Market is seeking a Business Analyst with procurement forestry experience, supply chain expertise, strong analytic abilities, and solid project management skills.
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Transition War Stories Lessons from the Frontlines

Time: Wednesday, November 10 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET.

John Buckley, Outreach Strategies Manger – Koch Business Solutions, will share his insight and experiences on recruiting and retaining military veterans in the corporate workforce.

Time: November 18 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET.

This webinar will address the numerous operational challenges confronting the forest products transportation sector today and how these sources of inefficiency ultimately led a well-known national provider to enter the timber transportation industry. Learn more about topics such as dedicated fleet capacity, optimized routing and deliveries, and the role of on-site account managers. Webinar presenters include Jeremy Morris of J.B. Hunt and Richard Schwab of M.A. Rigoni.

The webinar will last one hour and include time for questions from participants.

Time: November 3 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET

Dr. Joe Conrad of the University of Georgia will join FRA members for this webinar and will describe log truck insurance premiums and claim costs based on a survey of log truck owners in the U.S. South. The rates of mechanical defects and crashes of log trucks in the U.S. South will be compared to those in the U.S. Northeast, Lake States, and West.

The webinar will last one hour and include time for questions from participants.

Time: October 21 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET.

Aaron Gilland with Dendro Resource Management will begin the webinar with a presentation titled “Timber Security Overview,” followed by Tyler Hill with International Paper presenting on “Satellite Imagery and Fiber Security – Access to Low Cost Satellite Imaging Platforms Offers Forest Resource Professionals a New Tool to Help with a Variety of Tasks.”

The webinar will last one hour and include time for questions from participants.

 

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FRA Issue Update - 10/1/21

The Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH) application period ends on October 15, 2021. The PATHH program provides financial relief to timber harvesting and hauling businesses that experienced a 10% or greater loss of gross revenue in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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FRA Issue Update - 9/24/21

This week, FRA held its first-ever Virtual Advocacy Day to brief and seek support from Members of Congress on our policy initiatives. By all measures, the Virtual Advocacy Day was a success.
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