(WTVA) -- While Mississippi's timber industry wasn't able to avoid the market swings that came with the pandemic, its final value should land just short of where it was at the end of 20-19.
With an estimated value of just over $1.1 billion, forestry dropped one slot to third behind poultry and soybeans.
In March, many timber mills across the southeast responded to the outbreak by scaling back production or closing down temporarily.
There are nearly 70 mills statewide from small, independent local facilities to sites affiliated with large corporations.
A positive industry development is the expansion of existing mills and the construction of new ones.
One of them is the new pine sawmill in Corinth, which is expected to start production in 2022.
Poultry is by far the most valuable agricultural commodity in Mississippi at over $2 billion.
Soybeans edged out timber this year, followed by cotton and corn.
In all, Mississippi farmers generated an estimated $7.35 billion this year.
That makes 2020 the ninth consecutive year that agriculture topped $7 billion in Mississippi.
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