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Furniture summit addresses industry challenges

Nothing brings competitors together like the threat of even bigger competition.

Among the crowd of different furniture manufacturing representatives at Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute on Wednesday, that seemed to be the sentiment. About 75 people from furniture companies, suppliers and industry trade o...

3/22/2012

MSU’s kenaf research developed into products

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 Re...

3/8/2012

2011 forest products harvest tops $1 billion

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.

"At $1.04 billion, the preliminary harvest value is a decrease of less than 1 percent from the previous year’s harvest va...

12/15/2011

Preservatives help wood weather southern climates

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 dec...

3/17/2011

MSU wood technology offers new possibilities

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 ...

11/23/2010

‘Magic’' will attract thousands of fourth-graders to MSU

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...

10/14/2010

MSU student group honored for service

Mississippi State University’s student chapter of the Forest Products Society was recognized by the international organization as one of the top three groups in the nation.

The Forest Products Society is an international non-profit educational association founded to provide a common forum for all segments of the industry.

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9/24/2010

Wood properties workshop to provide training to industry

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 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. September 14 in the university’s Franklin Furniture Center

The workshop cos...

8/26/2010

Research extends life of railroad crossties

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.

Amburgey, along with U.S. Forest Service colleague Lonnie Williams, tho...

7/22/2010

New formulas preserve cash, environment

Each year, replacing deteriorated wood in U.S. homes costs billions of dollars, but research at Mississippi State University is helping protect homeowners’ wallets and the environment.

"Since 1988, scientists in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center have been studying the development of totally organic biocides," said...

3/18/2010

Wood pellet production has potential for state

Mississippi’s forest industry is poised to take advantage of an old technology that turns sawmill residues into environmentally friendly energy sources for heat and electricity.

Wood pellets are made of the waste products of lumber production, and they can be burned for heat in homes and used to produce energy for industry. The k...

2/11/2010

Decline in housing market hits forestry industry hard

The overall value of Mississippi’s 2009 timber harvest failed to reach $1 billion for the first time in 16 years, but unlike other crops, extreme weather was not the reason.

The estimated 2009 harvest value for timber is $817 million, down a steep 24 percent from 2008’s value of $1.08 billion. Blame one of the worst years ever ...

12/17/2009

Fourth-graders to visit Wood Magic fair

About 4,000 fourth-graders and their teachers from across the state will be at Mississippi State University in late October for the annual Wood Magic Science Fair.

The goal of the Oct. 19-23 fair is to introduce students to the benefits of forestry, forest products and wildlife to the state. The Wood Magic Science Fair is sponsored by ...

9/24/2009

Workshop will address wood’s characteristics

Architects, managers, landowners and others with an interest wood and wood products can learn about the many facets of wood in a Nov. 4 workshop in Starkville.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is offering the workshop from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Franklin Center, located off of Blackjack Road.

Thr...

9/10/2009

Caught in the middle: Slumping building industry has MSU wood-products group at crossroads

The Dispatch

Dan Seale has been developing TimTek for six years now, and the engineered wood process has evolved the way a good cookie recipe emerges.

In the last three years, though, people just haven’t been building houses as often as they used to, causing would-be demand for the product to slump.

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7/30/2009

MSU graduate students sweep state bioproducts competition

Three Mississippi State graduate students are top winners in the visual display category of the eighth annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference.

Ambarish Acharya received first place for his research on supply chain designs for cellulosic ethanol in Mississippi. A doctoral student in industrial and systems engineeri...

6/9/2009

Shmulsky accepted for the national Food Systems Leadership Institute

Rubin Shmulsky was accepted for the Fall 2008 Food Systems Leadership Institute, a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry, and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food ...

12/1/2008

Good news, boys and girls. 'Wood Magic' returning to MSU!

An event that once attracted thousands of elementary school students to the Mississippi State campus returns next week after a seven-year absence.

What now will be the university's eighth annual Wood Magic Science Fair takes place Monday-Friday [Oct. 20-24] at the R.T. Clapp Forest Products Laboratory on Blackjack Road. More than 3,000...

10/16/2008

MSU professor receives international wood science honor

Terry L. Amburgey of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Amburgey is being honored by the professional organization for outstanding contributions to the field.

He currently leads an interdisciplinary research tea...

8/18/2008

MSU researchers reduce building material chemicals

Formaldehyde exposure grabbed recent media attention because of air quality problems associated with FEMA trailers, but Mississippi State University researchers have been addressing these concerns for years by investigating new materials and detection methods.

About 29,000 FEMA trailers still house Gulf Coast residents displaced three ...

6/13/2008

MSU Extension hires forest products specialist

David Jones has joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service as the first forest products specialist.

Jones, a wood quality expert, formerly worked as a postdoctoral associate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in forestry. He received a bachelor's degree in forest resources from Clemson University, ...

4/4/2008

Alumnus named to head MSU's forest products

A Mississippi State University alumnus and forest products faculty member is the new head of the universitys forest products department.

Rubin Shmulsky, who assumed his new duties April 1, will lead the largest state-funded laboratory of its kind in the United States. His appointment was approved during the March meeting of the state...

4/4/2008

MEDIA ADVISORY: MSU house-raising set for Saturday, Feb. 9

An old-fashioned house-raising is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., when a research and demonstration house will be built on the Mississippi State University campus.

The house, located on Blackjack Road in Starkville, is a cooperative project involving several MSU units, including the departments of forest products, civil en...

2/8/2008

MSU lab studies wood protection

Wood products contribute $4.3 million to the Mississippi economy, but weather, insects and other destructive elements destroy one-tenth of the forest products produced each year.

Wood preservatives are used to protect against losses, but there are environmental issues and toxicity problems associated with these products.

An ...

10/19/2007

Katrina still impacts state's forest industry

Part of the damage after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore across the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, was 5 million acres of broken timber.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated that the volume of damaged wood across the Southeast was enough to build 800,000 single-family homes.

Researchers at Mississippi State University are measur...

8/31/2007

MSU developing sensor for lumber mill emissions

Drying lumber in kilns produces numerous air pollutants, but equipment for real-time measurement of the emissions is not currently available.

A team of researchers at Mississippi State University, however, is developing a new state-of-the-art sensor that monitors air pollution emitted while wood is drying. The MSU scientists are impro...

7/6/2007

MSU wood scientist receives top honor of world body

A Mississippi State professor is a new Fellow of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.

H. Michael Barnes of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently received the honor by the professional organization for his work in wood preservation and durability, wood treatment and treatment effects on wood properties. <...

7/3/2007

MSU professor named fellow of international organization

Tor P. Schultz of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the American Chemical Society's Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center he is being honored by the professional organization for his dedication, leadership and longstanding service to the division.

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4/11/2007

Research tunes in on termites

Research by Mississippi State University scientists has yielded a new weapon in homeowners' battle with wood-destroying termites.

Terry Amburgey of MSU's Forest Products Laboratory and employees of the U.S. Forest Service were called to Hawaii by the U.S. Navy about 14 years ago to combat infestations of Formosan termites in wooden pol...

2/1/2007

Termite control first MSU Cochran Endowment beneficiary

A company formed on the discovery of new termite-control technology by a Mississippi State researcher and two doctoral students is the first beneficiary of a university endowment promoting student entrepreneurship.

Created by MSU forest products professor Terry Amburgey and doctoral students Shane Kitchens and Kevin Ragon, TermiSys Tec...

12/8/2006

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