Blogging Logging 5 – Business demographics

Wisconsin loggers are the backbone of the wood products industry, a primary contributor to the Wisconsin economy and the sustainable management of forests in the state.  In 2003 the median age of a logging business owner was 46, with most falling in the 35-54 year range. In 2010, we found that business owners had nearly […]

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Blogging Logging 4 – Factors affecting profitability

Many factors affect the profitability of businesses. Understanding which do and which don’t have implications how we structure public policy and how wood-using industries make procurement decisions.  Wisconsin logging businesses rated the importance of 11 factors that could affect their profitability during their 2003 and 2010 production years.  Respondents in both surveys indicated that all […]

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Blogging Logging 3 – Profitability and production capacity

For both 2003 and 2010, loggers were asked to qualitatively assess their company’s profitability.  Possible responses ranged from “very poor” to “excellent” with a mid-point indicating “average/broke even” (“good” and “excellent” are combined for analysis). In both 2003 and 2010 approximately 10% of businesses reported “very poor” profits.  Also in both reporting years, over two-thirds […]

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Blogging Logging 2 – Harvest systems and production volumes

Wisconsin logging businesses have not experienced much change in terms of the way they harvest and process trees.  We compared the harvest systems that respondents used to fell and process timber by their 2003 and 2010 production years. For our analysis, we separated survey respondents into one of four categories based on their use of […]

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Wisconsin logger study results: comparing then and now

Loggers are the critical link between forests and wood markets. They are also key actors in implementing sustainable forestry. Their actions drive a multi-billion dollar industry that is the backbone of local communities across Wisconsin. The economic downturn has been tough on markets and mills. At the same time, costs continue to rise for equipment, […]

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Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit: Video now available

As promised, the the videos from the Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit have been posted. I didn’t see an easy way to embed them in this post, so I just post the links. Our panel was on biomass supply research and featured presentations by Randy Fortenbery (UW-Madison Ag & Applied Econ), Steve Ventura (UW-Madison Soil Science), and […]

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Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit

Yesterday was the 2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit hosted by the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative. I was asked to present as part of panel on biomass research supply related to our new study to survey the logging sector. Our session and others were video-recorded, so I hope to provide links as soon as they are available. In […]

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