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Friday, January 9, 2015
An initiative to develop new sustainable wood projects to support rural economies by constructing a new style of tall buildings was announced at Oregon's Business Leadership Summit. Thomas Maness, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, told the gathering that his school is partnering with the University...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Kentuky's bourbon industry is experiencing tremendous growth, with many distilleries using homegrown commodities such as corn to give the spirit a real Kentucky flavor.   But there is another “crop” all producers must use to create true bourbon: White oak for the chard barrels used in the aging process. According to the...
Friday, December 12, 2014
Wisconsin's high quality hardwoods, beautiful pines and skilled workforce helped the state secure the top ranking nationwide in wood furniture manufacturing employment. While other states saw wood furniture industry employment decline, Wisconsin manufacturers increased employment slightly, to 4,144 in 2013, up from 4,040...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out of business. Those who withstood the downturn are relieved they survived. "I'm awful proud to still be in the Christmas tree business," said Tillman, who ships up to 20,000 trees each fall from nine...
Friday, November 21, 2014
For years, foresters and conservationists have been trying to create new markets for western juniper in Oregon. The species has overrun some parts of the state, and is sucking scarce water from Oregon’s high desert.  A handful of custom sawmills that are willing to work with the small knotty tree have experimented with...
Friday, November 14, 2014
A coalition led by the Kennebec Land Trust organized a conference today focused on sustainable forestry and its role in Maine’s local economies. The conference discussed the economic value of locally made wood products and the regional dynamics of New England’s forestland and forest products economy. Theresa Kerchner,...
Friday, November 14, 2014
Antlers are seeing uses that would seem incomprehensible to hunters of days gone by. The branched horns cast off annually by deer, elk and moose now hang from ceilings as chandeliers, complement furniture and become a canvas for carvers. Nutrient-rich elk bones also head across the Pacific to be used in Asian countries...
Friday, October 31, 2014
As part of the continued rapid implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced proposed new actions to include new forest products in the BioPreferred® program. The proposal also includes other traditional biobased products and other mature market products, which have been produced...
Friday, October 10, 2014
Pine nuts, or pignolias, are a critical component of a good pesto sauce. It turns out that pine nuts don't generally come from orchards, or fields, or plantations. They come from pine forests. The nuts are hidden inside the cones of certain species of pine, such as the mighty Siberian pine, which covers thousands of square...

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