The Neshoba County Forestry Association will be conducting an educational meeting on Tuesday, April 2 in the Neshoba County Coliseum. The program will begin at 6 p.m.

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 2012 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 educational meeting will be on "The Economic Impact of the Economy on the Forestry Industry." Dr. James Henderson, MSU Forestry Specialist, will be conducting the program. Dr. Henderson is very knowledgeable of the timber industry and the economic impact it has to the state of Mississippi. We will also have an update of the Mississippi Forestry Commissionís Forest Resource Development Program (FRDP) by our County Forester, Brad Joiner.

We will also recognize the Neshoba County Tree Farmer of the Year and the Neshoba County Logger of the Year. We have some very worthy tree farmers and loggers that are doing a good job, and our association made a commitment to recognize them for the work that do to conserve our natural resources.

The Neshoba County Forestry Association realizes the importance of the timber industry and is doing everything it can to promote and educate its' members on how to do a better job of producing timber in Neshoba County. Registration will begin at 5:30 and the program will start at 6 p.m. We will enjoy a catfish supper sponsored by local businesses that are in the forestry industry. It is very important that you call in to pre-register so we will know how much food to prepare.

Anyone interested in the forestry industry is invited to attend. Dinner will be provided free but it is very important that you call at the Neshoba County extension office at 656-4602 so we will know how much food to prepare. Please call us no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1 to per-register. We would also like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in the Neshoba County Forestry Association to join our association at this meeting. Dues are only $10 per year and they can be paid at the Neshoba County Forestry Association Meeting.

If you plan to attend the meeting, it is very important that you call us at the Neshoba County Extension office at 656-4602 to pre-register so we will know how much food to prepare.