UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Businesses and individuals connected to Pennsylvania’s forest-products industry — and anyone interested in sound management of the state’s renewable natural resources — can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2019 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Known as Timber 2019, the biennial trade exposition is aimed primarily at loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors and forest landowners. The event is hosted by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.

The leading hardwood-producing state in the nation, Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,100 forest-products companies and 500,000 forest landowners. More than 80,000 Pennsylvanians work in the forest-products industry, accounting for about one of every nine manufacturing jobs in the state. The industry generates nearly $12 billion in annual sales and contributes about $19 billion a year to the state’s economy.

Organizers expect Timber 2019 to attract more than 80 commercial exhibitors and vendors serving the forest-products industry and emerging biomass markets. The event offers owners and employees of forest-products companies a chance to stay abreast of new technology, according to show manager Jesse Darlington, of Penn State.

“Visitors can see the latest technology in action at our in-the-woods demonstrations and can test-drive selected equipment at a ride-and-drive area,” he said.

Brian Rider, Pennsylvania Forest Products Association executive director, noted that the expo also provides valuable professional development for industry personnel.

“Staying up to date with evolving technology, regulations and best practices is essential for business success,” he said.

Also, a Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative training course scheduled on June 7 will enable loggers to meet their annual PA SFI continuing-education requirements.

Other planned activities include Penn State Woodsmen’s Team demonstrations, Game of Logging national finals, woodlot management tours offered by Penn State forestry experts, Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum hands-on exhibits, and a “Log-a-Load for Kids” truck parade.

The Ag Progress Days site — at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center — is nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45.

For more information, call 814-863-2873 or visit the show website at agsci.psu.edu/timber.

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