Timber & Wood Products

Mississippi is home to an estimated 19.6 million acres of timberland. Timber and wood products are the state’s number two agricultural commodity. In at least 35 Mississippi counties, timber is the most valuable agricultural crop each year.

Mississippi’s vast timber resources have attracted companies like Georgia-Pacific, International Paper and Weyerhaeuser to locate here. Recently, biofuel producer KiOR announced it would construct five production facilities around the state, as well. The company uses timber to produce a renewable crude oil substitute for use in vehicles, and is investing $500 million toward creating 1,000 direct jobs.

Since 1992, more than 1 million acres have been added to Mississippi forestlands, and twice as much timber is grown in Mississippi as is cut each year. Mississippi State University in Starkville also works to create a sustainable timber industry. It is home to the College of Forest Resources, which offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in forestry and forest products. The university also houses the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, whose mission is to research methods for conserving, developing and using Mississippi’s wealth of natural resources.

Read more about how Mississippi’s research universities support state businesses here.