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Lawmakers pushing for controversial new farm subsidy

WASHINGTON — Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free insurance that would cover farmers’ “shallow crop losses” before their paid insurance kicks in, has been pushed by ...

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Ag commissioner candidates predict change

JACKSON — Joel Gill and Cindy Hyde-Smith predict changes with either one’s election as the state’s next commissioner of agriculture and commerce. Gill, a 60-year-old Democrat, says he believes the department lost its vision in the waning years of Dr. Lester Spell’s four terms. Spell isn’t seeking re-election. “I’ve been a businessman the past 42 years,” said Gill, mayor of ...

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City to recoup abandoned Georgia-Pacific plant

GLOSTER — Gloster Mayor Billy Johnson says his city will take back the old Georgia-Pacific plywood plant once workers finish cutting up and removing scrap metal. The mill closed in 2002, leaving 300 people without jobs. It reopened in 2005 and closed again in 2009, this time for good. Johnson tells the Enterprise-Journal the town owns the 279,000-square foot building ...

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Molpus Woodlands buys timberland in two states

JACKSON — The Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC, on behalf of an unnamed client, has successfully purchased approximately 26,500 acres of timberland located in Georgia and Virginia. The timberland, located in Liberty and Long Counties in Georgia, and Greensville, Sussex and Southhampton Counties in Virginia, consists mainly of southern pine timberland. Molpus currently manages approximately 22,000 acres in Georgia and Virginia. ...

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Report: Sawtimber prices to be up and down

Forisk Consulting of Athens, Ga., forecasts sawtimber prices for the U.S. South weakening 2.7 percent in 2012 and then strengthening 2.9 percent into 2013. Key factors include weak expectations for housing starts and low utilization rates at sawmills. While sawtimber prices can increase temporarily from artificial shortages related to weather and logging capacity, long-term strengthening of sawtimber prices requires sawmill ...

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Without a safety net: Results of timber insurance study surprising, troubling

While landowners find timber insurance attractive, what they are willing to pay for it is significantly less than the going rate, and most choose to go uninsured and risk the losses even after Hurricane Katrina and last April’s destructive storms. That was the finding of a recent timber insurance study conducted by the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research ...

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Lack of housing starts, not drought, hurting forestry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — It is not the heat or drought but the economy, specifically poor housing starts, that are causing grief for Mississippi’s forestry industry in 2011. James Henderson, forestry economist and management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said, “There’s no good news for the pulpwood markets, and pine saw timber prices are the lowest they’ve been ...

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KiOR signs another agreement with Catchlight

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc., a renewable fuels company, and Catchlight Energy, LLC, a 50-50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company focused on providing liquid transportation fuels from sustainable forest-based resources, have signed a feedstock supply agreement. Terms were not disclosed. Under the agreement, Catchlight Energy will supply forestry-based feedstocks required by KiOR’s first commercial renewable fuel ...

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Impacted owners eligible for forest restoration funding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners impacted by recent tornadoes may be eligible to receive financial assistance for reforestation efforts through the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). The purpose of the EFRP is to make payments available to owners of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land who are approved for program participation and carry out measures to restore land that is damaged by ...

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Reality check

Advance Mississippi touts state as one of top options in the nation for biomass energy, but Strategic Biomass Initiative director says its could be years before technology is available Mississippi has 19 million acres of forests, a number that constitutes an 18 percent increase from 30 years ago. The timber and undergrowth it produces are ideal materials for the production ...

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