Jones County, MS (WDAM) - Timber plays a major role in the Pine Belt economy. It is an industry some Jones County Junior College students are looking to break in to.
Monday local business leaders along with students got an up close look at the latest technology, thanks to the world leader in forestry technology, Haglof Corporation.
Swedish investor and CEO, Ingvar Haglof, is taking students at Jones County Junior College under his wing by introducing them to the latest upgrades in the timber industry.
"This is a great way to spark their interest and show them what is out there."
The latest product developed by Haglof corporation is a forest management system, which stores timber inventory and allows easier access when searching for data.
It's a new tool that is essential in keeping track of how much timber you have and it's value, said Haglof representative Patrick Lidstrom.
"It is important to know when you are buying and selling timber, you need this technique for collecting local data. The more data you collect the more advanced tools you need."
J.C.J.C. Forestry Technology teacher Dr. Brian Mitchell's students get to view and test out many of the new products Haglof Corporation develops, some before they even hit the market.
"The more technology they can get under their belts and the more that they can learn, the more opportunities there will be for them in the future."
Representatives from Pine Belt businesses such as South Mississippi Electric right-a-way agent Randy Watkins, also got a taste of new advancements in forestry technology.
Watkins says, "These products are great, and they save time. It's a lot more accurate than the way we used to do things."
New technology is making measurements more accurate and helping those in the industry get to know the forest inside and out.