43rd Annual Meeting Program


43rd Annual Meeting
The Hyatt Regency
San Antonio, Texas

October 15- October 16, 2014

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Preliminary Program Presentations*

Tuesday, October 14

2:00p - 3:00p           Standards Committee Meeting
3:30p - 5:00p           Certification Committee Meeting
5:00p                       Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, October 15

8:00a - noon            Board of Directors Meeting
1:00 -1:15p              Opening Welcome

1:15 -2:15p              The Crow Report
David Crow is the Council’s man on Capitol Hill who will share his insider’s view of what is happening with legislative and regulatory issues that will impact your business. From the Administration’s energy policies that threaten mulch & soil industry raw materials to a review of the impact the mid-term elections will have on congress and the power structure in Washington, David will give you his unique view of our future. Speaker: David Crow, DCLRS, Washington, DC.

2:15 - 2:45p              Coffee Break

2:45 Transportation Logistics
How far and how soon will the shortage of drivers, increased hours of service regulations and ever rising costs for fuels and services in the trucking industry drive shippers to look at alternative transportation options. What are the decision points you need to consider? Strategic planning for logistics support isn’t an option – it is a necessity. Speakers: Jeff Paulsen, R+L Truckload and Global Logistics, Wilmington, OH.

3:45             MSC Annual Membership Meeting
Join us for our annual membership meeting with committee reports, from the Standards Committee, Certification Committee, as well as legislative, regulatory initiatives, elections and other business. Come hear what the Council is doing to help you grow your business.

6:00              Supplier Reception
Spend time with friends and suppliers over cocktails as we review the latest product offerings from MSC Affiliate Member companies.

7:30p     Evening on Your Own

Thursday, October 16

8:00             Weights & Measure Challenges for 2014 & 2015     
Coordinated state enforcement shined a light on significant issues regarding state weights and measures enforcement practices and procedures. This session will review the enforcement actions for 2014, new issues that must be addressed and what to expect for 2015. Robert LaGasse, Executive Director, MSC.  Speaker: Robert LaGasse, Executive Director, MSC.

9:00 - 9:30a              Coffee Break

9:30           How MSDS-to-SDS Rule Changes Impact You
Global harmonization is bringing new regulations for product safety reporting that takes effect July 1, 2015. Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be converted to new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) with new rules and requirements. Learn what you will have to do for mulch and soil products and how to convert information before the regulatory deadline. Presenter: Charles Leonard, ASLAN Group, Baton Rouge, LA. Speaker: Charles Leonard, ASLAN Group, Rouge, LA.

10:30 - 11:00a          Coffee Break

11:00a Threat Assessment of the Pellet Mill Boom
The boom in new and proposed biomass energy facilities, especially pellet mills exporting to overseas, is creating new market realities for wood fiber materials. This session will look at the projected growth in biomass consumption of forest resources, key issues surrounding that demand and what mulch & soil producers must do to assure future raw materials supplies to remain in business. Speaker: Donald Bisson, Composite Panel Assn., Ottawa, Canada.

12:00p             Keynote Luncheon
                        A Futurist’s Look at the U.S. Economy: Where are We Headed?
Dr. Lowell Catlett is a Futurist and Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. An amazing speaker, Dr. Catlett has a unique viewpoint on the American consumer and markets that will turn your perception of today’s economy in directions you never considered. Deeply thought provoking and wildly entertaining, Lowell is a futurist you will understand and take to heart when considering options for your personal or corporate future. Come hear this unique presentation we guarantee you will be quoting for years from now. Speaker: Lowell Catlett, New Mexico State University, Albuquerque, NM.

2:00 - 2:30p              Coffee Break

2:00     Forest Inventory & Utilization Update
With increased demand for wood fiber for multiple industries, it is time to take a look at current forest utilization data and project future inventories and harvest supplies for the next several years. Will there be ample materials to meet demand or will declining supplies and booming competition drive prices beyond practical limits? Speaker: James Bentley, U.S. Forest Service, Knoxville, TN.

3:30 - 4:00p              Coffee Break

4:00     Recommended Mulch Blending Procedures
New regulatory interest in mulch blending claims and practices requires industry to take a hard look at blended products and recommended practices to assure claimed objectives. This session will report the findings of MSC research on mulch blending and recommended practices to achieve product claims. Speaker: Dr. Bill Fonteno, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

5:00     President’s Reception
Join us for a final session of networking, food & cocktails as we wrap up our annual meeting and review what we learned.

6:30p                        Meeting Ends
Stay a few days to enjoy the city and then have a safe trip home


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