The Neshoba County Forestry Association Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 25th in the Neshoba County Coliseum. Registration will begin at 5:30 and the program will start at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in the forestry industry is invited to attend. We will enjoy a catfish supper sponsored by local businesses that are in the forestry industry. Dinner will be provided but it is very important that you call the Neshoba County Extension office at 656-4602 to pre-register so we will know how much food to prepare. Please call no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 24th to pre-register.

Dr. Bill Hamrick, Extension Wildlife Specialist, will present a program on Feral Hogs.

Feral Hogs destroy forestlands as well as pastures, croplands, food plots, etc. They are very destructive and the numbers are increasing throughout Mississippi. This should be a great program not only for tree farmers but all farmers in Neshoba County. We will also recognize our Tree Farmer and our Logger of the Year during the program.

We would also like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in the forestry industry to join our association. Dues are only $10 per year and they can be paid at the Annual Meeting. Please help us spread the word about the meeting and encourage neighbors and other individuals interested in the forestry industry to attend.

Forestry is very vital not only to landowners but to the thousands of men and women who work in the timber related industries in and around Neshoba County. Timber is our second largest agricultural commodity only behind poultry in Neshoba County. In 2013 timber accounted for $27 million to the economy in Neshoba County. One can see the importance of this viable industry to not only the farmers who produce timber but to the many families who depend upon the manufacturing of timber products. The Neshoba County Forestry Association realizes the importance of the timber industry and is doing everything it can to promote and educate itsí members on how to do a better job of managing timber in Neshoba County.

For additional information please call us at the Neshoba County Extension office at 656-4602.