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Virginia Extension hosts eurasian timber delegation

Oct. 20, 2015 –  

By Urs Buehlmann


Virginia Extension host Eurasian timber delegation The Mccormick Farm in Raphine, Va. the farm serves as the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center and is owned by Virginia Tech.

On July 24, 2015, Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent Adam Downing and Extension Specialist Urs Buehlmann with John Campbell and Charles Becker from the Virginia department of forestry hosted a delegation of timber and wood processing management specialists from eurasia under the leadership of ms. Becky long, international trade specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce at the Mccormick farm in Raphine, VA.


The 18 individuals from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Russia, and the Ukraine are executives of companies and organizations (4 national/regional government entities and 14 private companies) operating in areas ranging from forest management to timber harvesting as well as processing of value added products visited the U.S. by invitation of the U.S. Department of Commerce under the SABIT (Special American Business Internship Training) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, international trade administration for three weeks from July 18 – August 8, 2015. The delegates spent a few days in DC, and then traveled to several different locations across the U.S., with Virginia being one of them. The objective was to learn about trends and best practices in forest management, timber harvesting, and primary and secondary wood processing. During their time in the United States, they met with federal/state government agencies, industry associations, universities, timber harvesting and processing companies, and technology and equipment companies.

The program in Virginia encompassed a visit to a hardwood sawmill, a tour through a demonstration forest, and a seminar on lean manufacturing. in his seminar on lean manufacturing, extension specialist Urs Buehlmann made a case in favor of this widely used, highly successful manufacturing philosophy that consists of focusing on adding value to products and eliminating all waste.

Hopefully, the delegates left with many positive impressions from Virginia and with an understanding of and an appreciation for the beautiful products from our forests. Maybe, one day, a part of the almost $3 billion of farm and forestry products exported from Virginia annually, may go through the hands of one of the delegates that visited our state.



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