Thursday, October 22, 2009
Forestry Field Day a success
By JUSTIN DEWBERRY
The Marshall County Forestry Association held its 13th Annual Field Day on October 3.
We all know forestry today as a modern tool, just as the topic of the field day was “Modern Opportunities for the Tree Farmer.”
The tour stops included – Shortleaf/Loblolly Pine, which was discussed by Dr. John Kushla, associate professor, Mississippi State University Extension Service; Wildlife by John Gruchy, wildlife biologist for the State of Mississippi; Agro-forestry by Henry Gordon, MSU graduate student; American Chestnut Blight by Jared Everitt, MSU graduate student; Tip Moth Control by Landis Herrin, MSU graduate student; Herbaceous Weed Control by Alan Van Valkenburg, Timber Investment Mgrs., LLC; Genetically Cloned Pine by Dr. Randy Rousseau, associate Extension research professor, MSU; and Kudzu Control by Dr. John Byrd, Extension research professor, MSU.
These topics were discussed in relation to the everyday forestry landowner and how to recognize and determine the uses of forestry and its impact for the present, and the future.
The tour went well as the departure was at 8 a.m. It was an enjoyment for everyone. Donald Pogue, president of the Marshall County Forestry Association, did the welcoming of the guest speaker, who was Dr. James Shepard, associate director of Forestry and Wildlife Research at MSU. Dr. Shepard spoke on the current and future timber markets and their outcomes.
A memorial of one of the well-known friends of the MCFA and everyone who knew him, Travis Casanova, was done by W.L. Wallace.
A well-prepared meal was catered by Byhalia United Methodist Church – which consisted of barbecue, beans, rolls, and other beverages.
The field day was sponsored by several local businesses from the surrounding area. They included Timber Investment Managers, Cellfor Inc, Ripley Outdoors, Mid-South Ag and Equipment, Federal Land Bank of North Mississippi, Bank of Holly Springs, Miller Timber, Citizens Bank, Hendrix Feed and Cousin’s Express on Hwy. 7 North.
We send our thanks to all of the sponsors who participated in this event. The supporting agencies included the Mississippi Forestry Commission, MS Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Stations, MSU Extension, MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources and the Mississippi Forestry Association.
We send our appreciation to all 105 attendants who helped make this a learning experience about the future of forestry, and for all of the time spent by everyone putting their efforts to work, to make it a worthwhile experience.
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