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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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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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Agriculture remains king of state’s economy

Agriculture remains the number one industry in Mississippi with one out of every four residents employed directly or indirectly in that industry. In terms of the state’s best cash crop economically, the production of chickens and eggs is our number one commodity, with soybeans at number two and forestry at number three. “Our economy is so agriculture based that when ...

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TimberCorp turns profit through difficult times

Heading toward its quarter-century anniversary, TimberCorp Inc. has managed to turn a profit every year. However, there were some slim times at the land management company that has thrived through natural disasters, invasive species and a recession/housing market collapse. “About three or four months of opening the company, I needed to buy a gate for a client,” remembered Steve Butler, ...

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Supreme Court declines to hear forester's appeal

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Franklin County forester fired for opposing a logging plan pushed by the state. The Supreme Court let stand a ruling by the Court of Appeals which last year sided with the Mississippi Forestry Commission. The Appeals Court decision overturned a local judge’s ruling for Stephen ...

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British company to build $80M-plus pellet plant

GLOSTER — A British power generator will build a pair of mills in southwestern Mississippi and northeastern Louisiana to make wood pellets to burn for electricity in the United Kingdom. A unit of Drax Group, PLC will spend more than $200 million to build mills in Gloster and near Bastrop, La., each capable of yearly production of 450,000 metric tons. ...

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Sawmill cutting shift; 80 employees left jobless

VICKSBURG — Anderson-Tully Company is shutting down a second shift at its Vicksburg sawmill and is laying off 80 employees by Jan. 4. The company tells the Vicksburg Post the move has been in the works for two months because of a depressed housing market. “This is a core business decision to right-size production to match market demand,” company president ...

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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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