2021 KFIA Annual Meeting

This event starts Tuesday, April 6 at 08:00:AM and is scheduled to end Thursday, April 8 at 09:00:PM.

Please join us at the KFIA 56th Annual Meeting and find out what is happening not only in Kentucky but around the country.  The past year has brought many unexpected changes, a roller coaster economy related to Covid-19, export markets and concerns with log supply.  We have some excellent speakers lined up to discuss the current issues related to how we are moving beyond Covid and the issues that will need addressed from labor to transportation.  The meeting this year will feature a number of activities including a “Welcome Reception" for early arrivals and a golf outing on Tuesday. 

Wednesday and Thursday mornings will include speakers on topics of importance to the industry.  In addition, to the expert speakers in each field, the program is full of activities and provides excellent opportunities for networking and meeting with exhibitors.

The meeting will kick off Tuesday, April 6 with the John C. Smith Memorial Golf Scramble scheduled for the University Club of Kentucky Golf Course.   We are saddened at the loss of John C. Smith in 2020 and have changed the name to memorialize John.  The golf outing is a fun event that everyone enjoys and all golfers regardless of abilities are invited to play.  We will be glad to add you to a team or you can put together your own foursome.  An evening Welcome Reception in the exhibit area will wrap up a busy day for those that want to get together for some fellowship and find out who came out on top in the golf scramble.  The KFIA Board of Directors will be meeting for a quarterly Board meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss KFIA business and the 2021 legislative agenda.

Wednesday, April 7  the exhibit area will be open all day long for networking.  The Opening Session will have speakers to discuss the new Hardwood Promotion, an update on national politics after the election, and a legislative update locally and nationally.  The KFIA Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the KFIA/KY Tree Farm Awards Luncheon where the new officers will be elected and outstanding individuals will be recognized for their achievements in the forest industry community.  The Kentucky Tree Farmer, Logger and Communicator of the Year will also be honored with awards for their accomplishments to support forestry and the wood industry.

Following lunch the SFI/SIC/Communications Committee meeting will have an open discussion on certification issues and funding of current projects by SFI members. The afternoon will start kicking up with free time for attendees to visit the always popular Robinson Lumber Company & Van Meter Insurance Hospitality Suite where fresh seafood from Louisiana and cocktails will be served which makes for some great networking opportunities for all attendees.  The evening will wrap up with a reception in the Exhibit Hall with plenty of time talk with a large number of vendors at the exhibitor reception.

On Thursday, April 8 the last day of the meeting begins with breakfast in the exhibit area.  The morning General Session will cover recent transportation issues and funding for infrastructure, and ideas for maintaining your labor force. The final presentation will look at funding opportunities and PPP forgiveness.

We look forward to bringing the industry together to provide you with the information and contacts to make your business flourish and grow in 2021.  Please feel free to contact the KFIA office at 502-695-3979 with any questions or needs you have related to attending or exhibiting at the Annual Meeting.