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Alternative fuel refinery kicks into production

COLUMBUS — Alternative fuel firm KiOR says it started production in October in Columbus, and plans to make its first commercial shipments before November’s end. CEO Fred Cannon told analysts on a conference call the technology is working “and producing a high-quality oil. I am extremely pleased with the performance of our technology at Columbus.” Based in Pasadena, Texas, KiOR ...

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Railroad outlines sustainability efforts in new report

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has issued its fifth-annual corporate sustainability report, documenting progress on the railroad’s efforts to reduce its business impacts on the environment. The 2012 report can be found on Norfolk Southern’s environmental website, www.nssustainability.com. It highlights advances made in the five years since the company launched a sustainability program with the goals of achieving industry ...

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Beetle-prevention program earns national recognition

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently gained national recognition for a program designed to protect the state’s timberlands from an insect pest. The Mississippi Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received the 2012 Family Forests Education Award at the Society of American Foresters’ national convention, held in Spokane, Wash. The honor is given annually by the National Woodland ...

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Agriculture community assessing damage from Isaac

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Even as the remnants of Hurricane Isaac were leaving Mississippi last Friday, Mississippi State University Extension agents were assessing its impact on crops that were so close to harvest. Lodging, or laying down, can be a significant harvest challenge in wind-blown fields, especially corn. Extension corn specialist Erick Larson is cautiously optimistic that most of the corn ...

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MSU researchers create new forest inventory system

STARKVILLE — Researchers at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center have created the Mississippi Forest Monitoring and Information System, a forest inventory and information system that combines satellite remote sensing data and ground surveys. It is the first time forest-related satellite data and ground measurements have been combined on such a large scale in the United States. “The ...

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Southwest Mississippi seeing historic Southern pine beetle invasion

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Forestry Commission says the first Southern pine beetle outbreak to hit southwest Mississippi in nearly 20 years has apparently doubled in size and shows no signs of slowing. The Enterprise-Journal reports officials are urging landowners in Franklin, Amite, Wilkinson, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln and Copiah counties to check for the beetles, which bore into living pine ...

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County suing wood pellet company for breach of contract

MAGNOLIA — An Aug. 13 trial date has been set in U.S. District Court in Jackson in a breach-of-contract lawsuit by Pike County against a wood pellet company that never built a promised mill. The Enterprise-Journal reports Indeck Energy Services of Buffalo Grove, Ill., bought land from Pike County in 2008 with plans to build a $17 million plant that ...

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EPA says cleanup of former industrial site will take weeks

PURVIS — The cleanup at the former Davis Timber Co. site should be completed within weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Just last week, workers were putting the final loads of clay over a 3.1-acre where contaminated dirt and water-bottom muck were moved, said Scott Martin, remedial project manager with the agency’s Region Four office in Atlanta. That will be ...

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Molpus Woodlands, Boston firm purchase nearly 2M acres in four states

JACKSON — The Hancock Timber Resource Group of Boston and Jackson-based Molpus Woodlands Group have purchased the 1.88 million acre timberland portfolio of Forest Capital Partners, the companies report. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Hancock Timber is acquiring 376,000 acres in Louisiana, 573,000 acres in Oregon, 138,000 acres in Idaho and 264,000 acres in Washington. Molpus is acquiring ...

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Solid prices, beetles prompting timber owners to harvest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners debating the timing for their next timber sale should send trees to the market sooner, rather than later. James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said increases in housing starts are contributing to gradual timber price improvements, but better reasons to harvest could be related to insects and taxes. “Southern pine beetle ...

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