Past Sponsors


Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources is one of America's top metallurgical coal suppliers, helping to produce steel for growing nations around the globe. Their high-quality coal helps utilities generate electricity more efficiently, while their diverse network of mines and coal preparation plants in the eastern and western U.S. gives us the agility to develop custom blends that suit the specific needs of hundreds of customers in North America and overseas.

American Farm Bureau Federation

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), referred to as the Farm Bureau, is described as the largest general farm organization in the United States. Their mission is to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities. AFBF is headquartered in Washington, D.C. There are 50 state affiliates and one in Puerto Rico. To find out more about the American Farm Bureau Federation click here.

Chesapeake Energy

Chesapeake Energy Corporation is the second-largest producer of natural gas and the 11th largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. With an industry-leading portfolio of high-quality unconventional assets, Chesapeake is focused on discovering and developing our large and geographically diverse oil and natural gas resource base. Chesapeake now produces more than 700,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, a 48% increase since 2010.

Columbia Forest Products

Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products. Columbia’s decorative interior veneers and panels are used in high-end cabinetry, fine furniture, architectural millwork and commercial fixtures. Columbia’s products are sold through a network of wholesale distributors, mass merchandisers and original equipment manufacturers.

International Paper Company

International Paper Company is a global paper and packaging company that is complemented by an extensive North American merchant distribution system, with primary markets and manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa.

Plum Creek

Plum Creek is one of the largest landowners in the nation and the most geographically diverse, owning timberlands in more than a dozen states. Their primary business is to actively manage timberlands to capture the most value from every acre owned. That means owning timberlands in the most robust markets, making prudent investments in the growth of our timberland assets, and harvesting trees at the best "economically mature" point in their life cycle.

They manage their timberlands following sustainable forestry practices, and sell timber or logs to customers throughout the United States. Their customers manufacture a variety of wood, pulp and paper products that serve the everyday needs of people worldwide. By acquiring attractive timberlands and using advanced silviculture practices, they improve the productivity of their forests. This also improves the productivity of their timberland investments by purchasing timberlands that add to their timber inventory, harvest, and cash flow.

The company works to maximize the value of all its assets, which include timberland, wood products manufacturing facilities, and natural resources. Plum Creek is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Investing in a timber REIT is an ideal way to own timberlands. The company was the first publicly-traded timber REIT.

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