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Farmweek | Entire Show | October 10, 2019


“CELEBRATING 43 YEARS ON THE AIR, FARMWEEK IS A PRODUCTION OF MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION.” TODAY ON FARMWEEK, WE ANNOUNCE THE TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR. BUT FIRST, WHO WORE THAT CROWN BEFORE? PLUS, WE’RE FINALLY IN STAGE TWO OF THE FARM BILL. JOSH MAPLES TALKS ABOUT WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS TIME. IN SOUTHERN GARDENING, WE’RE STILL IN HISTORIC NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI, WHERE HISTORY ISN’T JUST ABOUT ANTEBELLUM HOMES, IT’S ABOUT WHAT’S AROUND THEM! AND IN OUR FEATURE, MEET A MAN WITH PLAN IN HATTIESBURG. FARMWEEK STARTS RIGHT NOW! JIB HELLO, EVERYONE, I’M MIKE RUSSELL. THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY ON FARMWEEK. MIKE MIKE WE START WITH A STORY WE’VE REPORTED ON BEFORE — THE ELIMINATION OF SO- CALLED -SPEED LIMITS- ON HOG PROCESSING LINES. YOU MAY REMEMBER THAT THE USDA HAS PUSHED THROUGH A RULE RECENTLY THAT ESSENTIALLY ELIMINATES THOSE LIMITS IN FAVOR OF TECHNOLOGY. VO NOW, THOUGH, THE UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION HAS FILED SUIT IN DISTRICT COURT TO STOP THE MOVE, SAYING IN A STATEMENT, QUOTE: “INCREASING PORK PLANT LINE SPEEDS IS NOT ONLY A RECKLESS GIVEAWAY TO GIANT CORPORATIONS, IT WILL PUT THOUSANDS OF WORKERS IN HARM’S WAY.” — THAT STATEMENT BY UFCW PRESIDENT MARC PERRONE. THE CURRENT CAP IS JUST OVER ELEVEN HUNDRED HOGS AN HOUR. THE USDA SAYS ITS NEW NO-LIMIT RULE WILL SAVE TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. MIKE LAST WEEK, WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THAT NEW TRADE DEAL WITH JAPAN. IT’S BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR SOME TIME — AND COMES AS A BIT OF WELCOME RELIEF TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A LONG TRADE WAR WITH CHINA. THE -JAPAN- DEAL IS NOW A -DONE- DEAL, COMPLETE WITH SIGNATURES. VO THE DEAL WAS INKED JUST DAYS AGO — AND UNLIKE THE USMCA, THIS -MINI-DEAL- DOESN’T REQUIRE RATIFICATION BY CONGRESS. AND IT OPENS JAPAN TO $7 BILLION IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS. JAPAN WILL ELIMINATE OR LOWER TARIFFS FOR AMERICAN BEEF, PORK, POULTRY, WHEAT, CHEESE, AND MORE. THE DEAL IS CONSIDERED A MAJOR WIN FOR FARMERS, RANCHERS, AND GROWERS. MIKE FORESTRY CERTAINLY A HUGE PART OF THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY. A THIRD OF THE U-S IS FORESTED – ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF A BILLION ACRES, GENERATING $283 BILLION IN WOOD AND PAPER PRODUCTS. THE MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION CELEBRATED THE STATE’S IMPACT RECENTLY AT ITS 82nd ANNUAL MEETING. VO THE FORESTRY INDUSTRY CUTS A WIDE SWATH ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING LOGGERS, TREE FARMERS, LANDOWNERS, AND MORE. AT THIS YEAR’S GATHERING, A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WERE HONORED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS, INCLUDING LOGGER OF THE YEAR DREW SULLIVAN — WHOM YOU MET LAST WEEK HERE ON THE SHOW — AND HENRY HUDSON, TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR. YOU’LL MEET HIM SHORTLY. MISSISSIPPI’S 20 MILLION FORESTED ACRES GENERATE ABOUT $13 BILLION IN REVENUE. IT ALSO ACCOUNTS FOR 70,000 JOBS — ABOUT 5% OF ALL THE JOBS IN THE STATE. STATE. MIKE IN SOUTHERN GARDENING ALL THIS MONTH, WE’RE IN NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI, KNOWN FOR ITS RICH HISTORY ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, A CENTER FOR COTTON PLANTERS AND RIVER TRADE. BUT THERE’S MORE TO NATCHEZ THAN RIVERBOATS AND ANTEBELLUM HOMES. AN EXAMPLE OF HOW -MUCH- MORE IS AT THE OAK HILL INN. PKG DR. GARY BACHMAN: “Today Southern Gardening is in the garden district of Natchez, Mississippi, visiting the grounds of historic Oak Hill Inn. Let’s take a look at a few unique features in the landscape.” I LOVE THE SOUNDS OF RUNNING WATER — AND THE SYMMETRY OF THIS FOUNTAIN ADDS TO THE EFFECT. THE FLAT PADS OF THE WATER LILIES GIVE THE POND AN EXOTIC FEEL. THE WATER LILIES BLOOM IN A VARIETY OF COLORS HAVING PINK TO YELLOW: FLOWERS. LINING THE BRICK EDGES IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE GRASSES: LIRIOPE. IT CREATES A SOFTER EDGE GROWN AGAINST BRICK HARDSCAPES. IN THE LATE SUMMER THE LAVENDER FLOWER SPIKES ADD A TOUCH OF COLOR. THE COLOR BLUE IS DEFINITELY A THEME FOR THIS GORGEOUS SIGN POST. THE BLUE DAWN MOON FLOWERS SEEM TO GLOW AS THEY OPEN AND CLOSE EACH DAY, DEPENDING ON THE SUNLIGHT. AND TO FINISH UP, THE MASS PLANTING OF BLUE PLUMBAGO PROVIDES A SOLID BASE. THIS UNCOMMON CHERRIES JUBILEE ALLAMANDA HAS A SWEETLY FRAGRANT AND FUNNEL SHAPED FLOWERS. THE CHERRY SORBET COLORED FLOWERS ARE THREE INCHES WIDE AND HAVE DEEP BURGUNDY THROATS. THIS TROPICAL VINE WILL QUICKLY SCRAMBLE UP A TRELLIS WHEN GROWN IN THE FULL SUN. THE SECOND FOUNTAIN THAT FEATURES A PATINAED CHERUB FIGURE SURROUNDED BY A GREEN-THEMED GARDEN. THE STARS ARE THE BACKDROP OF EXOTIC KING TUT PAPYRUS, WITH A HALF CIRCLE OF SPICY CHARTREUSE YELLOW WASABI COLEUS IN THE FRONT. DR. GARY BACHMAN: “I really like visiting these fine gardens and landscapes and learning a few new plants along the way. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.” Southern Gardening.” MIKE LAST WEEK YOU MET THE MISSISSIPPI LOGGER OF THE YEAR. A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW, MISSISSIPPI’S -TREE- FARMER. BUT FIRST, WHO WORE THAT CROWN BEFORE? HERE’S MY FORMER CO- ANCHOR LEIGHTON SPANN WITH THE STORY. PACKAGE OVETT MISSISSIPPI IS SOUTHEAST OF LAUREL OFF OF HIGHWAY 15. IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY IT WAS A THRIVING SAWMILL TOWN. THOSE DAYS ARE A DISTANT MEMORY. BUT THE TREE FARM OF E.J. DENNIS IN OVETT HOLDS SOME OF THAT HISTORY. E.J. DENNIS, 2018 MFA OUTSTANDING TREE FARMER, ELLISVILLE: “We had seven sawmills in this vicinity, in this close area. Behind me was a huge sawmill, one of the largest in the area. The Bentley Emory sawmill. When they moved in they built 50 homes so that’ll tell you how many people they worked. They stayed here from about 1915 to about 1930.” RETIRED EDUCATOR E.J. DENNIS IS PASSIONATE ABOUT HISTORY AND PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS TREE FARM. HE AND HIS WIFE, KAY, LIVE IN NEARBY ELLISVILLE. HE INHERITED THIS LAND IN OVETT 15 YEARS AGO. MISTER DENNIS’ FATHER BOUGHT THE PROPERTY IN 1950 WITH SOMETHING ELSE IN MIND BESIDES TREES. E.J. DENNIS: “My daddy wanted to go in the cattle business, he loved agriculture and wanted to get a large number of cattle. So he bought 160 acres here, bought 120 acres near the national forest. And as our cattle grew, we leased land from 16th section land. But then in the ’80’s as he got older, my sister and I were doing different things. He began to sell some of the cattle and gradually in the early ’80’s started planting timber. So we’ve got timber as old as 32, 33 years old and this on my left is the youngest timber, about 5 years old. THE YOUNGEST TIMBER IS SIX ACRES OF LONGLEAF PINE SEEDLINGS PLANTED IN 2013. OTHER RECENT MANAGEMENT WORK INCLUDES THE THINNING OF 17 ACRES OF LOBLOLLY PINE ON THE PLACE. A TWO- ACRE PUBLIC CEMETERY AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO IT SPLITS THE TREE FARM PROPERTY IN HALF. THE CEMETERY WAS ESTABLISHED LONG BEFORE THE FAMILY PURCHASED THE LAND. E.J. DENNIS DOES 70-PERCENT OF THE FIELD WORK ON THE TREE FARM, USING THE ADVICE OF FORESTRY CONSULTANT JAMIE WALLEY AND OTHERS. THIS INCLUDES JOBS SUCH AS EROSION CONTROL WHERE MAIN FARM ROADS HAVE TO CROSS STREAMS. E.J. DENNIS: “I had to have something here that I could always depend on to get the log trucks through. I was told if I put a good culvert in, a foot of dirt on top, a log truck could go thru there. So I took a day, got a neighbor and farmer with his heavy equipment, and we came in one day and put this culvert in, put gravel on top of it. And it’s gone through one winter, been real successful with the flow of water. And I believe it’s gonna serve my purpose for years to come, many years to come.” YOU WILL OFTEN SEE FORESTRY TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS FROM JONES COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE ON THE DENNIS TREE FARM. THIS GROUP OF STUDENTS IS SETTING UP A PLOT FOR A TIMBER CRUISE. E.J. DENNIS LETS THE COLLEGE USE HIS FARM AS A TRAINING GROUND FOR THE NEXT GENERATION AND TO PROMOTE FORESTRY AS A CAREER. JEFF KEETON, FORESTRY INSTRUCTOR, JONES CO. JUNIOR COLLEGE: “We found out he had quite a bit of land here that he would like for somebody to come out and look at. So it’s really been a win-win for us. We have a great resource to bring our students out and get lab experience, and he has someone that can help him do different operations, prescribed burning, invasive species spraying, lot of different things we do for him.” IN 2011, A CLASS OF STUDENTS FROM JONES PUT TOGETHER A WRITTEN FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE LAND. THIS LED TO THE PROPERTY BECOMING A CERTIFIED TREE FARM. THE STUDENTS CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM THEIR ACCESS TO THE TREE FARM. MITCH LENINGTON, STUDENT, JONES CO. JUNIOR COLLEGE, JACKSON: “As a student, it’s a great opportunity for us to be able to come out here and learn and study in the field of forestry, and learn different practices that are put in place here, whether that be…whether we’re out here cruising or prescribed burning or any acts of silvaculture with land management or anything like that, it’s a great place for us to go, a private landowner we have pretty close to the school.” THE COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE ALSO INTRODUCED TO THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY WHILE AT THE DENNIS TREE FARM, SUCH AS THE USE OF DRONES IN FORESTRY. FAA- APPROVED DRONE PILOT ZACH BREAZEALE OF WALLEY FORESTRY CONSULTANTS PROVIDES SOME HANDS-ON TRAINING ON DRONE OPERATION. HIS BOSS, JAMIE WALLEY, SAYS THE DRONE IS CHANGING HOW THEY WORK. JAMIE WALLEY, FORESTRY CONSULTANT, ELLISVILLE: “We use the drone technology to go in and monitor fire on control burns, going in monitoring southern pine beetles, tree planting inspections, final harvest inspections after a logging job is complete.” ALLOWING COLLEGE STUDENTS TO USE THIS TREE FARM AS A WORKING LAB IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW E.J. DENNIS LIKES TO SHARE HIS PROPERTY AND LOVE OF TREE FARMING WITH THE COMMUNITY. HE EVEN BUILT THIS PAVILION NEAR THE FARM ENTRANCE SO HE COULD HOST LARGE EVENTS. MEACHAM HARLOW, SOUTHERN OUTREACH OFFICER, MS. FORESTRY COMMISSION: “He and his wife, Miss Kay, they really are not stingy with their tree farm. They bring in the whole community, and that’s what’s so special about the Dennis’ is that they share their property and their tree farm and their love of the land with the community. This is the base camp, and that’s exactly what they call it. And it’s actually the initials for their grand kids is what it turns out to be. But it makes a good base camp name. And this is the home spot, it sure is. So this is where they have the field days, the people speak. And you can be a little bit cooler than in the sun. It’s nice shade, and it’s got a little kitchen area and Miss Kay always puts her little touches on everything and makes it more special.” IN MAY 2018 E.J. AND KAY DENNIS HOSTED A JONES COUNTY FORESTRY ASSOCIATION FIELD DAY AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ON THE FARM AND IN THIS PAVILION. OTHER PROGRAMS ARE PRESENTED THROUGHOUT A TYPICAL YEAR TO VARIOUS COMMUNITY GROUPS. E.J. DENNIS IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION. HE IS ALSO ACTIVE IN THE LOCAL COUNTY FORESTRY ASSOCIATION AND HAS SERVED AS VICE PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT MULTIPLE YEARS. JAMIE WALLEY: “He’s a vital part of the Jones County Forestry Association, he’s on the board there. You don’t make a meeting without Mr. E.J. being there. He’s always there to help. Very informative guy.” THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THIS TREE FARM ARE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, RECREATION AND TIMBER PRODUCTION. HE’S ALSO INVOLVING THE NEXT GENERATION OF HIS FAMILY IN THE TREE FARM. E.J. DENNIS: “I have 7 grandchildren now. We have two or three ponds on this place, plenty places they can fish. They’re the age now that they’re able to work and do some things. They’re actually the 4th generation that’s worked on this property. I’m proud to say it’s the 4th generation that’s been on this place…” MIKE MIKE WE’LL TAKE A BREAK RIGHT HERE, BUT DON’T GO AWAY. COMING UP ON OUR FARMWEEK FEATURE… VO …IT’S JUST ABOUT TIME TO MEET THE 2019 TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR. NEARLY A MILLION AND A HALF TRUCK LOADS OF LUMBER CAME OUT OF MISSISSIPPI FORESTS LAST YEAR. FORESTRY -IS- THE NUMBER TWO AG SECTOR N THE STATE, WORTH MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS. COMING UP, A MAN WHO HELPED MAKE ALL THAT POSSIBLE – HE’S KNOWN AS -A MAN WITH A PLAN- — AND HE’S DONE A LOT OF THE WORK HIMSELF. STAY PUT…WE’RE COMING RIGHT BACK. SCENIC, WHITE SANDY SHORES ARE THE JEWEL OF MISSISSIPPI’S GULF COAST. BUT TO KEEP THEM LOOKING BEAUTIFUL, WE NEED YOUR HELP! EACH YEAR, VOLUNTEERS WITH THE MISSISSIPPI COASTAL CLEANUP, REMOVE THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF TRASH AND MARINE DEBRIS FROM THE STATE’S SHORELINES, BARRIER ISLANDS AND COASTAL WATERWAYS. AND IT’S TIME TO DO IT AGAIN ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH! SO DO YOUR PART AND LEND A HELPING HAND! GO TO MSCOASTALCLEANU P.ORG TO VOLUNTEER. MIKE BEFORE WE GET BACK TO THE SHOW, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE FARMWEEK CALENDAR. FIRST, AND YOU JUST HEARD ALL ABOUT IT, THIS YEAR’S COASTAL CLEANUP – ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19th. THIS IS A COASTWIDE VOLUNTEER EFFORT TO HELP KEEP OUR WATERWAYS TRASH FREE — AN EFFORT THAT DATES ALL THE WAY BACK TO 1988. WE NEED EVERY VOLUNTEER WE CAN GET — WANNA HELP? FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, VISIT ONLINE AT COASTAL CLEANUP DOT EXTENSION DOT MSSTATE DOT EDU. CALENDAR 2 NEXT, AND TAKE YOUR PICK — MONDAY OCTOBER 21st IN RAYMOND, MISSISSIPPI, OR THE NEXT DAY – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd IN -VERONA,- MISSISSIPPI — EITHER DAY FROM 8:30AM TO 2PM — A RURAL BROADBAND WORKSHOP. THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT IS TARGETED TO CIVIC LEADERS, BUSINESSES, AND COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS. AND IT’S DESIGNED TO INFORM AND ENGAGE EVERYONE TO RESHAPE AND DRIVE RURAL PROSPERITY. FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT JUSTIN WILKES AT 601-965- 4316. NOW, CHECK OUT THIS WEEK’S FARMWEEK SNAPSHOT. MIKE LATE IN 2018, THE FARM BILL FUNDED AT NEARLY A TRILLION DOLLARS — FINALLY BECAME A LAW, AFTER A LONG AND WINDING DEBATE AND LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. THE FARM BILL IS TYPICALLY A BIPARTISAN EFFORT, USUALLY FUNDED FOR 10 YEARS, BUT RENEGOTIATED AND RENEWED EVERY FOUR. VO IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR ALL KINDS OF THINGS, INCLUDING FOR THE MOST PART SNAP, AND SAFETY NET PROGRAMS LIKE CROP INSURANCE AND COMMODITY PRICE SUPPORTS FOR AG PRODUCERS… AS WELL AS CONSERVATION, HEMP PRODUCTION, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE. BUT PASSING THE LAW IS ONLY PART OF THE PROCESS. IMPLEMENTING IT IS A WHOLE OTHER STAGE AND IT’S INTRICATE, REQUIRING PRODUCERS TO BE AWARE OF WHAT’S -IN- THE FARM BILL, AND TO SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAMS THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN. I SAT DOWN WITH AG ECONOMIST JOSH MAPLES TO LOOK AT THE NEXT STEPS FOR FARMERS. SOT MIKE RUSSELL: Well, Josh we are finally, after all this time, into the implementation stage of the Farm Bill. Sign- ups have begun. What does that actually mean for producers? JOSH MAPLES, AG ECONOMIST: Yeah, that’s exactly right, Mike. We’ve been talking about this for two years now, right? MIKE RUSSELL: Absolutely. JOSH MAPLES: 2018 Farm Bill passed last year, but implementation takes a while. So starting in September this year, producers can finally start making some choices that fall under the 2018 Farm Bill. Sign-up period runs from September, 2019 through May 15th, 2020. The big piece here is producers, primarily row crop producers, need to choose between agricultural risk protection or risk coverage or ARC and price loss coverage or PLC. Those are the two key programs. That’s really going to be the decision that producers have to make during this sign- up period. MIKE RUSSELL: What are some of the key changes that producers need to be aware of? JOSH MAPLES: The key change in the 2018 Farm Bill is the producers now have the ability to switch between ARC and PLC. We think back to the previous Farm Bill, you made that choice once. You were either ARC for the whole farm bill time period or you were PLC for the entire time period. Now, producers will make their choice for 2019 and 2020 that first one is set together, but then after that 2021, 2022 they can actually switch between ARC and PLC. Gives producers more flexibility, more options to look and see where markets are at the time and make their decisions. But it’s also an extra burden. They have to decide each year what they want to do and so that’s going to be a key difference in this farm bill compared to the previous one. MIKE RUSSELL: What about training? Complicated process. JOSH MAPLES: It is very complicated and so Extension teams around the country are working on this. We’re no different here at Mississippi State. Our Extension team, particularly the team in the Ag Econ department here at Mississippi State, we’re going to be going around the state doing trainings. So we’ve got some scheduled for the first week of November. We’ll be in Stoneville on November the 4th. We’ll be in Verona — or we’ll be in Jackson on November the 5th, and then we’ll be in a Verona on November the 6th. So we’ve got some stuff planned. This is a time that we can actually sit down and work with producers and talk through these decisions and help them make the decisions that are best for their particular operations. operations. MIKE EACH YEAR, CERTIFIED TREE FARMERS IN THE AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM ARE HONORED FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL LEVELS. ONE STATE-LEVEL WINNER -THIS- YEAR, IS KNOWN FOR BEING WHAT YOU’D CALL, “A MAN WITH A PLAN.” FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS, HE’S EXCELED IN SERVING THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE TREE FARM PROGRAM: WOOD, WATER, RECREATION AND WILDLIFE. HIS STORY BEGINS JUST OUTSIDE HATTIESBURG — IN SUMRALL, MISSISSIPPI. PKG VOICE OF HENRY HUDSON: “Well, it started when we determined we were not going to be hay farmers. I’d done that as a youth every summer. I knew I didn’t want to be a hay farmer.” HENRY HUDSON HAD A DREAM OF TURNING WHAT WAS HIS FAMILY’S HAY AND TIMBER FARM INTO AN ASSET TO ENJOY FOR GENERATIONS. PLANS FOR REALIZING THAT DREAM BEGAN BY ESTABLISHING A FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP IN 1997. AMY MYERS, FARMWEEK: “Owner Henry Hudson says Turkey Pine Plantation is more than just a tree farm. He and his wife, Kay, are firm believers in diversifying their land use to serve several purposes. And they do a lot of the work themselves.” HENRY HUDSON, OWNER TURKEY PINE PLANTATION SUMRALL, MS: That includes managing the lake, it includes cutting all the pasture and the dam. It includes raising our own cypress trees and planting them around the lake, building and designing our own signs for the farm and building our own gate for the farm. It includes taking out diseased and damaged trees, raking pine straw and hauling it and delivering it to people. Kay manages all the books and accounts for both the corporation and the partnership and does an excellent job of that.” IN ADDITION TO USING A PLANTER, THE HUDSONS PLANTED THOUSANDS OF TREES THEMSELVES. ABOUT A HUNDRED AND FIFTY ACRES ARE DEDICATED TO GROWING LONGLEAF, LOBLOLLY AND PLANTATION PINE. THE HUDSONS MAXIMIZED LAND USE BY ADDING A TWENTY-FOUR- ACRE LAKE FOR FISHING AND HOUSING WILDLIFE. NATIVE ANIMALS ARE A MAJOR PART OF OUR ECOSYSTEM SO, MR. HUDSON SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE HEALTHY HABITAT FOR THEM. ALTHOUGH FOREST STANDS CAN SERVE AS INCOME, THE BENEFITS TO WILDLIFE AND THE COMMUNITY ARE TENFOLD. KEN STOCKS, VICE PRESIDENT FORREST-LAMAR COUNTY FORESTRY ASSOC: “The trees here are protecting the soil, the water quality, and it’s important that we have tree farms like this to do that.” WE DEPEND ON FORESTS FOR OUR SURVIVAL, FROM THE AIR WE BREATHE, TO THE WOOD WE USE. TREES PREVENT SOIL EROSION, MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE AND SHIELD US FROM THE HOT SUN. SO IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT TREE FARMERS USE PROPER ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION TO SUSTAIN FORESTS INTO THE FUTURE. BECAUSE TURKEY PINE PLANTATION IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF THAT, THE HUDSONS WERE NAMED 2019 TREE FARMER OF THE YEAR BY MISSISSIPPI FORESTRY ASSOCIATION. BUTCH BAILEY, FORESTER MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION: “What we’re looking for are these individuals who do a great job on their property of managing their trees in a sustainable way, but also are involved in outreach. Mr. Hudson’s had multiple forestry field days here where we bring people in and show them, these are things you do, this is how you do thinnings, this is how you do prescribed fire and so forth.” ANOTHER NOTABLE CHARACTERISTIC OF TURKEY PINE, IS ITS COMMITMENT TO A FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN. TRAVIS STEWART, PRESIDENT FORREST-LAMAR COUNTY FORESTRY ASSOC: “Mr. Henry and Mrs. Kay have started their management plan around 1998, and have updated it some five times so not only are you adhering to a management plan, but you also have five volumes of the historic value of this property.” OF COURSE, MOST ANY FORESTER WILL SAY FOLLOWING A GOOD PLAN MAKES A TREE FARM STAND OUT TO POTENTIAL BUSINESS PARTNERS, LIKE LOGGERS AND LUMBER MILLS. AS A RETIRED NAVY CAPTAIN, MR. HUDSON CREDITS SOME OF HIS BUSINESS SKILLS TO MILITARY EXPERIENCE. HENRY HUDSON: “In the Navy and in county government, I had some experience writing grants and contracts and agreements. I simply took the skills that I had and applied it to tree farming. In the Navy, I was a disaster preparedness officer, among other things. Even with that, and the experience I’ve had, I can tell you this, that when a storm blows through, the trees are still going to be on the ground.” AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN AUGUST 2005, WHEN YOU GUESSED IT HURRICANE KATRINA HIT. TURNS OUT, CAPTAIN HUDSON WOULD HAVE TO RE- ENGAGE HIS MILITARY-STYLE DETERMINATION TO CLEAN UP. HENRY HUDSON: “First, we rented a bulldozer for two weeks. And then we set aside time every day to do one tree at a time, one space at a time, one segment at a time, one week at a time, until we had the job done. We had one tractor, one pair of log tongs, one chain saw and a chain. And we did it day after day, until we got the job done. And what you see on this farm today, in this stand of mature timber, is about 2 years of our work.” AMY MYERS: “Katrina was not the only disaster that you faced, was it?” HENRY HUDSON: “Not hardly. In 2012, we had an eleven-inch rain in thirty-six hours, it was a 100-year event. And this morning, there was no lake. The lake was gone. The night before, we experienced a catastrophic dam failure. Lost everything. It was our life savings just about gone.” ONCE AGAIN, THE HUDSONS TOOK ON A LONG, GRUELING REBUILD. NOWADAYS, THE WELL-KEPT GROUNDS ARE PRETTY AS A PICTURE. SPEAKING OF PICTURES, A PHOTO BY MR. HUDSON WON AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM’S PHOTO OF THE YEAR IN 2010. BUT GOOD PROPERTY MANAGEMENT IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST LOOKING NICE. IT’S ABOUT KEEPING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES CLEAN AND SAFE. UNFORTUNATELY, MR. HUDSON PICKS UP LITTER EVERY DAY AT HIS PROPERTY ENTRANCE. NOT ONLY IS TOSSING TRASH ON SOMEONE’S PROPERTY JUST DOWNRIGHT WRONG, IT ALSO HARMS WILDLIFE AND HUMANS. GARBAGE LIKE THIS POLLUTES SOIL AND WATER WE USE TO PLANT TREES, AND CROPS WE GROW FOR FOOD. BUT MR. HUDSON SAYS SMALL STEPS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. AMY MYERS: “Proper land conservation and environmental care do not fall solely on landowners and farmers. We must all do our part. By taking only pictures and leaving only footprints.” MR. HUDSON SAYS HE HOPES MORE PEOPLE WILL BECOME INTERESTED IN FORESTRY, AND THERE ARE TOOLS READILY AVAILABLE TO HELP GUIDE THE WAY. ROSS OVERSTREET, EXTENSION AGENT MS STATE UNIVERSITY: “We offer educational opportunities, offered through both the CFA and through our local Extension Office in Purvis for just programs that are related to forestry initiatives and conservation practices.” TRAVIS STEWART: “If you tap into educational sources, you can become more profitable. Mr. Henry and Mrs. Kay have done a fine job with taking advantage of opportunities the state has with the Extension Service, Forestry Commission, and grants and cost-share programs.” HENRY HUDSON, OWNER TURKEY PINE PLANTATION SUMRALL, MS: “They’ve all been partners with us. They’ve given us outstanding support. It’s been a pleasure dealing with them. They’ve been partners all the way.” WITH AMERICAN TREE FARM SYSTEM’S REGIONAL COMPETITION DRAWING NEAR, WE CAN BE ASSURED TURKEY PINE PLANTATION WILL REPRESENT THE STATE WELL. FROM SUMRALL, MISSISSIPPI, I’M AMY MYERS, REPORTING. MIKE THANK YOU, AMY. NO QUESTION MR. HENRY AND MISS KAY WILL REPRESENT THE STATE EXCEPTIONALLY WELL. GREAT WELL. GREAT STORY. WELL NEXT WEEK, WIND POWER… VO …ONE OF THE MOST VISIBLE AND UP UNTIL NOW, ONE OF THE MOST STEADILY GROWING FORMS OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. THE NUMBER OF WHIRLING BLADES HAS SPREAD ACROSS THE NATION — AND EVEN OFFSHORE – WITH THE HELP OF TAX CREDITS. NOW, THOUGH, TIME COULD BE RUNNING OUT ON -THAT- KIND OF HELP. AND WHAT’S MORE, IT MAY NOT HAVE THE KIND OF -PUBLIC- SUPPORT YOU MIGHT IMAGINE. THAT’S NEXT TIME ON FARMWEEK. MIKE REMEMBER IF YOU MISSED A STORY, LOOK FOR PAST EPISODES OF FARMWEEK ON OUR WEBSITE AT FARMWEEK DOT TV. AND DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, AND YOUTUBE AS WELL. WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. THANKS FOR WATCHING. 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