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Sawtimber, pulpwood markets improving, but challenges remain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Markets for Mississippi’s sawtimber and pulpwood are bouncing back from the economic recession, but the industry is not improving across the board. “Slowly but surely, markets for sawtimber are beginning to grow again after the sharp declines seen after the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing recession,” said James Henderson, associate Extension professor of ...

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Burning and birds — workshops to offer answers

For landowners, foresters and others who have questions about prescribed burning and game bird habitat management can find answers at upcoming events. Mississippi State University is offering land management workshops in Panola and Pike counties. The workshops are designed for landowners, foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists. The MSU Extension Service, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and the Mississippi Department of ...

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Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway officials say the state needs ...

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Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of money,'” said Grennell, who is ...

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County takes out USDA loan to buy lans for wood pellet plant

LUCEDALE — George County supervisors have signed off on $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to pay for land where a new wood pellet plant will go. The Mississippi Press reports that the USDA rural development loans will be used to purchase the property that will expand the George County Industrial Park. Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. announced ...

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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 experts are seeing signs that ...

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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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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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