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Dan Seale, a professor of sustainable bioproducts at the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center, conducts some of the most rigorous testing and scrutiny in the lumber industry. (MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
October 28, 2015 - Filed Under: Wood Products

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When he walks into a hardware store and starts looking at lumber, he could be your average do-it-yourselfer, ready to start a project.

But Dan Seale, a sustainable bioproducts professor in the Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center, is no ordinary weekend warrior building a little something for the house.

December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University scientists strive to establish sustainable best practices in the application of slack wax for the wood composites industry.

Slack wax is a waterproofing agent used in the production of composites, including particle board, oriented strand board, fiberboard and laminated strained lumber. The wax improves the dimensional stability of composites, thus improving performance.

Forestry was Mississippi's second-largest agricultural commodity for 2014, with a preliminary year-end harvest value estimated at $1.28 billion, a 13.8 percent increase from 2013. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A production bump has helped forestry maintain its status as Mississippi’s second largest agricultural commodity.

James Henderson, associate forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, estimated the state’s 2014 harvest value was $1.28 billion, which represents a 13.8 percent increase from the $1.13 billion in production reported in 2013.

Since 2009, the least productive year since the recession started, the state’s forest harvest value has increased 48 percent.

Jeff Parrett, currently of Wheeler Lumber and past president of the Railway Tie Association, left, presents Terry Amburgey, Mississippi State University professor emeritus and Giles Distinguished Professor, with the association's lifetime merit award. (Photo by Gary Coleman/Coleman Photography)
November 3, 2014 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A Mississippi State University professor emeritus recently received a national honor for his lifetime of service.

The Railway Tie Association, or RTA, executive committee gave Terry Amburgey, a Giles Distinguished Professor, the 2014 Award of Merit for his contribution to the industry. The award is given at the executive committee’s discretion and has been awarded only two other times since the association was formed in 1919.

Mississippi State University Sustainable Bioproducts department head Rubin Shmulsky tells students at the 2013 Wood Magic Fair sawmill station about lumber manufacturing. (College of Forest Resources/File photo)
September 26, 2014 - Filed Under: Forestry, Wood Products, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Wood is a major part of Americans’ daily lives. In fact, wood consumption in the U.S. is five and a half pounds per person per day. This is just one of the fascinating facts fourth graders will discover about wood when they visit Mississippi State University’s Wood Magic Science Fair.

MSU will host about 4,000 children, teachers and visitors Oct. 6 through 10. They will learn about forestry, sustainable bioproducts and wildlife.

September 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Anticipating the return of manufacturing to the U.S., Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Mississippi Reshoring Summit on Sept. 24.

Higher labor costs in China and technological advances that aid in U.S. production are partly responsible for increasing domestic manufacturing. The summit will help attendees answer the question for their industries, “Is it time to reshore?”

Forest products reclaim the No. 2 spot in Mississippi's list of agricultural commodities, with a preliminary year-end harvest value estimated at $1.17 billion, a 14.6 percent increase from 2012. (Photo by MSU Office of Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
December 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Forest Economics, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s forest products bounced back into the No. 2 spot in the state’s list of agricultural commodities based on annual production values.

James Henderson, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources, estimated the state’s forest products 2013 harvest value to be $1.17 billion, compared to the 2012 value of $1.02 billion. That is a 14.6 percent increase over the 2012 harvest. Final figures will be available in February.

Dr. Rubin Shmulsky
December 16, 2013 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University department has been renamed to reflect the renewable, natural and sustainable resources used in the industry.

The MSU Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

October 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- About 4,000 fourth-graders, teachers and parents from across the state will be at Mississippi State University Oct. 14-18 for the annual Wood Magic Science Fair.   

Activities and exhibits illustrating everything from papermaking to the strength of a toothpick-sized piece of wood are part of the annual event at the Forest Products Lab complex during the week. 

Sponsored by the university’s College of Forest Resources, the event is designed to illustrate the importance of natural resources throughout the state. 

Qi Li
June 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A recent Mississippi State University doctoral graduate received a top award sponsored by the International Forest Products Society.

Qi Li accepted the Wood Award at the society’s annual conference in Austin, Tex. for her research paper on the chemical composition of woody feedstock used in biofuel production.

Li's work at MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center focused on finding suitable, fast-growing, renewable resources to replace the use of fossil fuels.

January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Wood Products

INDIANOLA -- A Feb. 7 workshop will familiarize participants with some of the resources available to assist Mississippi manufacturers who want to begin or expand export activities.

Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded by the Delta Regional Authority.

Lane Segerstrom brought corn and specially dyed kenaf fibers to Mississippi State University for research to develop stronger pressed board products for his company, Corn Board Manufacturing Inc.
March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A fibrous plant researched at Mississippi State University may end up at the Olympics in the form of a specialty gun stock.

“We’re exploring how to make a commercial product out of an agricultural byproduct and kenaf, a quick-growing plant,” said Dan Seale, forest products professor in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Forestry is Mississippi's second-largest agricultural commodity, with a preliminary year-end harvest value estimated at $1.04 billion. (Photo by Ray Iglay)
December 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end harvest value for Mississippi forest products, but the preliminary estimate still exceeds $1 billion.

The chlorine in salt can degrade wood, causing a condition referred to as salt kill, especially in marine areas such as this site at Myrtle Beach, S.C. The resulting fuzzy or stringy wood surface is considered unsightly by some, but the structure of the wood often remains sufficient for its purpose. Water-borne preservatives that contain water repellents, such as wax, can help minimize the risk of salt kill. (MSU Ag Communications file photo)
March 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Environment, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The climate of Mississippi and the Gulf South region presents challenges for wood preservation, making water repellents and the environment top considerations.

David Jones, assistant Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s forest products department, said wood treatments can lengthen the performance of timber by decades.

February 24, 2011 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A March 8-9 summit will provide those in the furniture manufacturing business with the tools needed to succeed.

Furniture and bedding sales rose nearly three percent from 2009 to 2010, and manufacturing has expanded for the past 18 consecutive months. It is becoming increasingly important for industry members to learn how to keep up with the rapid growth and demand.

The summit begins with a reception at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. on March 9 Mississippi State University’s Franklin Center.

Mississippi State University forest products assistant professor Sheldon Shi demonstrates the effectiveness of magnetic charcoal. Shi and his colleague Dongmao Zhang found a new way to create charcoal and other carbon-based products with a higher absorption capacity.
November 23, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University scientists have found a new way to turn wood into highly absorbent charcoal and automobile parts.

While wood has been used to manufacture charcoal since the early 1600s, the new technique can create charcoal and other carbon-based products with a higher absorption capacity. Charcoal has been used widely to treat water and clean up chemicals, but the production of magnetic charcoal creates new possibilities. Magnetic charcoal is more efficient in cleaning environmentally hazardous chemicals.

October 15, 2010 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Weighty woods, trained termites and oak bubbling bazookas will be among the many highlights at Mississippi State University’s Wood Magic Science Fair.

The Oct. 18-22 event will introduce students to the benefits of forestry, forest products and wildlife. The Wood Magic Science Fair is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Forest Products, College of Forest Resources and wood product industries. It will be held at MSU’s forest products complex at 100 Blackjack Road in Starkville.

August 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A one-day workshop offered by Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute will provide training on the properties of wood.

The Wood Properties and Frame Design workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Sept. 14 in the university’s Franklin Furniture Center.

The workshop costs $40 and is open to anyone interested in learning how to maximize the strength, durability and quality of wood products.

A dual-treatment system developed at Mississippi State University helps save railroad companies money by significantly extending the service life of railroad crossties. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
July 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- In 1985, a young and energetic Mississippi State University forest products professor began testing a new treatment on railroad crossties. At the time, Terry Amburgey had little notion that his experiment would change railroad infrastructure almost 25 years later.

Alonzo Gibson, a furniture-manufacturing employee with Fulton-based Max Home, has benefited from specialized managerial training developed by Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute. (Photo by Ronnie Cook)
February 18, 2010 - Filed Under: Forestry, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Many furniture manufacturers have indicated their desire for formal manager education and training within their organizations, and Mississippi State University has responded to this need by designing specialized training.

In the furniture industry, first-line supervisors are responsible for managing workers and coordinating all of the activities to make, ship, sell and deliver thousands of pieces of furniture, but there is little formal education and training available to them.

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