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Foresters expecting another year of healthy recovery

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Evidence of a healthy national economy may be found in the strength of the timber industry. Forestry is a billion-dollar industry in Mississippi and the state’s second-largest agricultural commodity. A depressed national economy in recent years had negative impacts on housing construction and furniture manufacturing, which hurt the forestry sector, but industry […] [...]

Senator: Is federal bioenergy program undercutting foresters?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning whether a U.S. Department of Agriculture bio-based marketing program amounts to a bias against traditional forest products and whether such policies are fair. Cochran broached the topic at a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2014 budget request for the USDA. The USDA BioPreferred […] [...]

Foundation raises $130K in a day for tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — In just 24 hours, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation successfully raised $130,234.46 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the tornado on February 10. During the Southern Miss Campus Beautification Day of Giving on May 8, the USM Foundation utilized the […] [...]

USM fixing ‘front porch’ after tornado; plants huge oak trees

HATTIESBURG — Three months after an F-4 tornado tore through the front part of campus, the University of Southern Mississippi has taken a huge step in restoring the damaged landscape. Yesterday, five mature oak trees were planted to kickoff the first phase of a Campus Beautification Plan. The live oaks, measuring 40-feet high by 40-feet […] [...]

University develops plan to restore tornado-torn landscape

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has unveiled a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the university’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado Feb. 10. The USM Foundation has also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan. […] [...]

Energy company to expand one pellet plant, build another

LUCEDALE and COPIAH COUNTY— Gulf Coast Renewable Energy is ramping up plans for a wood pellet plant in Lucedale, and plans to build another plant just as big in Copiah County. The Mississippi Press reports that the company says it now plans to double the plant’s capacity to 320,000 metric tons of pellets a year […] [...]

G-P planning seven-state expansion project

ATLANTA — Georgia-Pacific is developing plans for potential investments, which total nearly $400 million, in its plywood and lumber operations. The company has approved funding for significant engineering and is evaluating facilities in a number of southern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. The effort would increase Georgia-Pacific’s overall […] [...]

Sign of better times? Sawmill expanding, adding jobs

GRENADA — Fly Timber is expanding its operations in Grenada. The project represents a company investment of more than $6 million and will create 30 new jobs, bringing the total number of workers employed at the Grenada facility to 80, according to a news release from the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). Fly Timber, which has […] [...]

Coast ag producers share needs, express concerns

BILOXI — Agricultural producers in the coastal region shared their needs and concerns during a recent Mississippi State University meeting. The sixth-annual Producer Advisory Council meeting was held at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center. Eleven commodity groups made recommendations and requests for research, educational programming and support by MSU’s Extension Service and the Mississippi […] [...]

Annual ag council meeting draws hundreds

VERONA — When agricultural producers speak, Mississippi State University listens. About 300 commodity producers, crop consultants and MSU representatives met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona for the annual Producer Advisory Council meeting. The meeting has been held for more than half a century to give farmers the opportunity to […] [...]

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