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Port lets dredging contract, clearing way for wood pellets

PASCAGOULA — Port of Pascagoula commissioners have approved a $1.5-million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility. The board awarded the $1.47 million contract to C. F. Bean, LLC for the dredging, testing, transporting and disposing of about 45,000 cubic yards of silts around Terminals E and F. Port director Mark McAndrews ...

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Plywood mill coming, bringing 200-plus jobs

LOUISVILLE — Natron Wood Products will locate a plywood mill in Louisville, creating more than 200 new jobs. Natron Wood Products owner Richard McDougal says the operations will be located in a 265,000-square-foot existing facility and represent a company investment of $10 million. The plant’s plywood overlay panels are used primarily in large vertical and horizontal concrete structures and other ...

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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 product labeling program offers certified ...

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Cochran: South Korea wants Mississippi-built radar for fighter upgrades

The office of Sen. Thad Cochran has released a statement announcing South Korea’s decision to supply its fighter aircraft with Mississippi-built radar systems. The announcement comes as international tensions increase between U.S.-backed South Korea and an increasingly militant neighboring North Korea and its leader Kim Jon-Un. The Republic of Korea Air Force reportedly selected the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) ...

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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 — boosting its initial investment ...

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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 capacity by approximately 20 percent. ...

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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 had operations in Grenada for ...

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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 Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. ...

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Cooperative sets new record with $14M patronage payment

RIDGELAND — Southern AgCredit recently returned a record level of net earnings to its customer/owners in Mississippi and Louisiana. This marks the 17th consecutive year of the co-op’s patronage program. Southern AgCredit customers received a check for their portion of the $6.9-million cash patronage, plus a statement detailing their share of a $7.3-million patronage allocation that is eligible for future ...

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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 express agricultural needs to their ...

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