LFA sets 65th meeting

The Louisiana Forestry Association which serves the $3 billion Louisiana industry, will hold its 65th annual convention at the Paragon Resort and Casino in Marksville August 28-30.

The three day convention features social activities, professional seminars, and special events for loggers, foresters, and guests.

Leading the economic parade for forest income in 2011 is Vernon Parish, with $63.8 million in income. Beauregard, Winn, Sabine, Allen, Bienville, Rapides, Union, LaSalle, and Desoto round out the top ten forest producing parishes for 2011. (See total parish breakdowns below.)

Speakers at the Wednesday, August 28 general membership meeting include Tom Harris, professor at WArnell School of Forest Economics at University of Georgia, and publisher of TimberMart South, a timber price reporting service; Tom Kazee, a founder of Woodard Security, Inc.; and Gary Hanson, director and resident hydrologist with Red River Watershed Management Institute at LSU Shreveport.

The projected Louisiana gross farm value of forest products decreased during the 2011 calendar year by three percent from 2010. The 2011 total sawlog harvest increased by 1.6 million board feet (less than one percent) to cut of 813.6 million board feet. The pine saw timber harvest decreased by one percent from 2012 levels and posted a total statewide harvest of 682 million board feet during 2011. The hardwood saw timber harvest increased to 131 million board feet during 2011, a nine percent grain. Pine chip and saw harvested during 2011 totaled 688,000 cords, a decrease of four percent from 2010 levels.

The 2011 Louisiana pulpwood harvest was 5.5 million cords, down 125,000 cords (two percent) from the 2010 harvest. Pine pulpwood harvest decreased three percent from 4.6 million cords during 2010 to 4.5 million cords in 2011. Hardwood pulpwood harvest decreased by 170,000 (15 percent) from 1.2 million cords to 1 million cords in 2011.

Most stumpage prices for the period decreased from 2010 levels. Pine saw timber stumpage prices were 16 percent lower during 2011, averaging about $208 per thousand board feet statewide for the year. Oak saw timber stumpage prices were seven percent higher on average around the state during 2011, at approximately $275 per thousand board feet for the year. Statewide average prices for pine pulpwood decreased by 24 percent this year after increasing by 23 percent during 2010. The average statewide pine pulpwood price during 2011 was $22 per cord. Hardwood pulpwood prices were 35 percent lower on average at $20 per cord. Chip and saw prices decreased an average of 10 percent this year and stood at a statewide average of approximately 40 per cord during 2011. Delivered prices did not significantly change in 2011 with the exception of pine and oak saw timber. Pine saw timber average prices were down ten percent, oak saw timber up seven percent, pine chip and saw unchanged, and pine pulpwood up one percent and hardwood pulpwood prices down two percent during 2011.

During the year, Louisiana's private forest landowners received an estimated $379.9 million from the sale of forest timber, down four percent from 2010. Timber harvesting contractors and their employees earned $420.5 million from harvesting trees and moving wood to mills during 2011. This total was down 1.5 percent from 2010 levels. The payroll and income derived from money generated by the forestry and wood products industry totaled an estimated $3 billion during 2011, a decrease of three percent from 2010 totals. The gross farm income produced by all forestry-related products, such as timber, pine straw, and Christmas trees, totaled $801 million during 2011. That was down three percent from the $824 million generated during 2010. The value added through further processing and delivery was $2.2 billion, which was three percent lower than 2010's value added. That means a total economic contribution from Louisiana's forest product industries of $3 billion for 2011.

Poultry production continues to be the largest animal agricultural industry in Louisiana, and is second only to forestry in total income production for all agricultural commodities. In 2011, 482 Louisiana growers )small producers and commercial operations) produced 867.2 million pounds of broiler met with a gross farm value of $720.2 million. Commercial broilers are produced in 11 Louisiana parishes: Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Webster, and Winn.

There were 184 breeder flock producers in 2011 that produced 19 million dozen eggs with a gross farm value of $37.9 million. There also were 31 pullet producers that produced 1.2 million pullets with a gross farm value of $12.3 million.

There were 523 edible egg producers (small producers and commercial operations) in Louisiana in 2011. Table egg production was 21.3 million dozen eggs. The farm value for commercial egg production was $22.5 million in 2011.

The gross farm value for all poultry production to the Louisiana economy was estimated to be $775.5 million, making the total value of poultry production in Louisiana $1.6 billion in 2011.

Source: LSUAgCenter Louisiana Summary: Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2011.