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MBJ Editorial

With a long, hot summer dragging to an end, the Mississippi Business Journal takes a look at agribusiness in this week’s special editorial focus.

Our writers have talked to folks involved in every aspect of ag production, and not surprisingly, all is not well. Devastating weather and low prices have set up 2000 as a record-setting bad year.

Mississippi’s farmers, the ones still left – just barely hanging on – want answers. How can they continue to plant, harvest and sell commodities or raise livestock when prices won’t even cover their basic costs?

What happens to the consumer when large, multinational conglomos control every aspect of food production?

What is the cost to Mississippi business when there aren’t any small farmers working – and buying supplies and services?

These tough questions don’t have any easy answers. One thing is certain: As we begin implementation of a new economic development plan, agribusinesses cannot be neglected. It it at our own economic peril it we ignore Mississippi agriculture. Not only is it an $11-billion industry, it is part of our heritage. We have an economic and emotional investment in the land.

Working together, we can solve the problems gripping one of Mississippi’s most important economic resources.

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