Neshoba County Cooperative Extension Service

12000 Highway 15 North
Suite 2
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Phone: 601-656-4011
Fax: 601-656-5505

The Extension Service is a service dedicated to helping people improve their lives through education. It combines the expertise and resources of Federal, State and local governments. In Mississippi, this system is supported through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mississippi State University, (4) research and extension centers, and (80) research based information and educational programs that focus on issues and needs of the people, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

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Karen Benson
County Coordinator / FCS / 4-H

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Harvin Hudson
Ag & Natural Resources

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Elsie Cumberland
Office Associate

Bert Gilmore

Ag & Natural Resources / 4-H

Jim McAdory

Ag & Natural Resources / Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

(Not Pictured)

Joy Rodriguez

Teen Parent Educator


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Forestry Extension

Forestry and the Forest Products Industry are a major component of Neshoba County’s economy. Forest related economic sectors generate value not only within the forest related sectors but also in other sectors of the economy. The economic contribution of forest related sectors and their impacts on other sectors can be estimated using input-output analysis. Using 2007 data, it is estimated that forestry and forest products created a total output of $89.8 million in Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Download the Economic Contribution of Forestry and Forest Products in Neshoba County.

Employment and Income Impacts

Employment is the number of full- and part-time jobs in all sectors of the economy. Income is salaries and wages paid to employees. Forest related economic activity in Neshoba County during 2007 generated 703 jobs and over $24.3 million in income.

Total Output and Value Added Impacts

The value of all goods and services produced is defined as total output. Value added is a portion of total output and represents the creation of new wealth. Forest related value added amounted to nearly $39.8 million.

Tax Impacts

Forest-related economic activity contributed an estimated $7.6 million in tax revenue for federal, state, and local governments. This represents an estimated tax revenue of $4.7 million for federal and $2.9 million for state and local governments.


Total Acres in the County: 364,800
Acres of Forest: 270,231
Percent of Forest: 74%

Forest Type Acres Percent
Pine 101,045 37%
Hardwood 143,856 53%
Mixed Pine/Hardwood 25,332 9%


Forest Landowners Acres Percent
Private Individual Timberland Ownership 209,302 77%
Forest Industry Timberland Ownership 18,768 7%
Federal Government Timberland Ownership 42,161 16%
State and Local Timberland Ownership 0 0%


Income/Values Dollars
Forestland Assessed Value (2008) $8,832,649
Estimated Ad Valorem Tax Collections from Forestland (2008) $813,664
Value of Standing Timber in 2007 $559,227,792
Value of Timber Harvested in 2007 $13,080,313
Timber Severance Tax Collections (100%) $55,635

Sources: Forestland ownership, acreage, and timber volumes were estimated using the Mississippi Institute for Forest Inventory (MIFI) Dynamic Report Generator Software. Tax collections according to Mississippi Tax Commission. Timber harvest value according to the Mississippi Harvest of Forest Products Report. Produced by James E. Henderson, Assistant Extension Professor, and Ian A. Munn, Professor, Department of Forestry