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Gifts of land provide long-term benefits

For LaRon and Ester Gober, a gift of forestland seemed like the perfect way to give back to Mississippi State. The Gobers donated 283 acres in Attala County to the College of Forest Resources and the Bagley College of Engineering. The Gobers made the gift in honor of the engineering career enjoyed by LaRon, as well as the enjoyment they received from the forestland. Students in both colleges benefit from the LaRon and Esther Gober Endowment Fund. "We love the idea of using this land to benefit forestry and engineering students. It was a great way to give back to Mississippi State University," said Ester Gober. The Gobers are just one example of individuals creating a legacy with gifts of land at MSU. Gifts of land can benefit any of the university’s nine colleges. The donated properties are managed by the College of Forest Resources using the best management practices for growth and harvest of timber. "Forest and wildlife management professionals at MSU provide professional management and assessment of each donated property," said Jeff Little, CFR development officer. "Funds generated from the properties provide needed support to the university for scholarships, equipment and faculty development." The properties also are used as living laboratories where forest management practices provide teaching, research and demonstration opportunities for students, farmers and landowners. "The College of Forest Resources and the MSU Foundation work with landowners and their professional financial planners to arrange the terms of gifts to suit individual needs," Little said. "A carefully planned gift of forestland will give financial benefits for the donor, including a lifetime income, a shield from capital gains and estate taxes, and income tax deductions, among others." For more information on donating your land to the university, contact Jeff Little at (662) 325-8151 or

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