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EPA approves use of bird repellant by corn growers

JACKSON — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell announced approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of an emergency exemption that will provide protection to corn producers throughout the state from blackbird predation of newly planted corn. Mississippi corn growers throughout the state have suffered million dollar losses in recent years due to heavy blackbird predation. The products receiving ...

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Pickering issues demand to county supervisor

ALCORN COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has issued a demand to Danny Crotts for $159,098. Crotts was a supervisor in Alcorn County from 1992–2007. The State Auditor’s Office took exception with Crotts’ approval of District 2 road funds and other public funds that were expended by the county between 2002 and 2007 that were for unauthorized purposes or in ...

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New comparative healthcare publication available

STARKVILLE — Information about healthcare access in the state’s 82 counties now is available through an annual publication of a Mississippi State University research center. “Monitoring Mississippi 2011: Assessing Our Health Workforce” is published by the Northeast Mississippi Area Health Education Center’s research arm, the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce. (For online orders, visit nemsahec.msstate.edu/book.php.) The health workforce center is ...

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Division, district recognized for small business program

VICKSBURG — The Chief of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Lieutenant General (LTG) Robert Van Antwerp, recently recognized the Mississippi Valley Division and the Vicksburg District for their significant contributions to the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB). The SDVOSB is a Department of Defense program to assist small businesses that are owned by disabled veterans with ...

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Two CDEs awarded New Market Tax Credits

MADISON and JACKSON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is welcoming New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program allocation awards that will allow two Mississippi organizations to leverage $81 million in tax credit authority into greater private-sector investment for economic and community development in low-income areas of the state. The U.S. Treasury Department Feb. 24 announced 2010 NMTC allocations of $53 ...

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Corps reopens renovated boat ramp at Sardis Lake

PANOLA COUNTY — The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Vicksburg District has reopened the Wyatt Crossing boat ramp at Sardis Lake. The boat ramp and surrounding area was closed in March 2010 for renovations. The renovations and upgrades include a new parking lot, four newly resurfaced boat ramps and a new restroom facility. These projects are improvements designed to better ...

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MSU awards kenaf patents to Texas manufacturer

STARKVILLE — Kenaf, a fibrous plant that is similar to bamboo, is the subject of two Mississippi State University patents that have been licensed to a Texas manufacturer. Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. plans to use kenaf to make pressed board. “CBMI is looking to blend kenaf into their board products, to achieve the combination of flexibility, rigidity and durability required ...

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Putting food on the table

An organization in Mississippi has launched an advertising campaign that touts product quality and safe food while promoting Mississippi’s agriculture community and its impact on the state. This marks the second year that Farm Families of Mississippi has rolled out a grassroots promotional campaign, and the organization has its eyes set on even bigger horizons in the future. On Feb. ...

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Plenty of timber, but no deal yet for KiOR

When Houston, Texas-based KiOR announced late last summer that it planned to build at least biomass-to-crude oil facilities in Mississippi, CEO Fred Cannon said the company was “in final negotiations” with a refinery to purchase and refine the product produced here. A KiOR spokesman said in an email to the Mississippi Business Journal last week that the company hopes to ...

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