David Neumann Appointed Forestry Affairs Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, DVM, announces the addition of David Neumann to the Business Development Division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA).

Neumann brings 30 years of experience in the forest management industry and will act as the division’s forest affairs consultant. It will support the growth of the wood products industry in Tennessee by assisting new and expanding forestry businesses.

“With his experience in forest products marketing, David is well suited to work with industry and private landowners,” said Commissioner Hatcher. “We are delighted that he will continue his work in the development of agribusiness. He will be able to meet the needs of our forestry business partners and bring new ideas to promote their success.

For nearly 25 years, Neumann worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, where he served as a forest marketing and utilization specialist in the Forest Resources Division. Previously, he was a state silviculturist and forestry planning and operations analyst in the Forestry, Minerals and Fire Management Division.

Prior to his public service, Neumann operated a forestry industry consulting business in Michigan. He has managed timber sales, conducted timber appraisals, served as an expert witness for timber trespassing, and written management plans for Forest Stewardship Program clients.

“I look forward to working with Tennessee’s number one industry, agriculture and forestry,” Neumann said. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many facets of the wood products industry, as a specialist in wood utilization and markets, as a forestry analyst and as a private land forestry assistant. I look forward to building relationships with landowners and state forestry business owners who are positively impacting Tennessee’s rural economy.

Neumann earned several degrees from Michigan State University in East Lansing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Masters in Forestry with a specialization in silviculture.

TDA’s Business Development Division connects business owners and entrepreneurs to resources, offers ideas for innovation opportunities, and facilitates relationships with organizations and agencies that can help. For more information, visit www.tn.gov/agbusinessdevelopment.

Mary H. Martino