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Ag Department offering farmers help with safe produce certification

Mississippi vegetable and fruit growers who want to reap the benefits of the nation’s growing appetite for fresh produce need to show they use safe and sanitary harvesting and crop handling practices. The industry standard is U.S. Department of Agriculture certification through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits. The testing certifies safe and sanitary practices throughout ...

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Clock runs out on Auburn's iconic oaks at Toomer's Corner

At 7:22 a.m. Tuesday, workers made the first cut to Auburn University’s famed oaks at Toomer’s Corner. From a bucket truck, a worker removed the first branch from the tree on College Street, Mobile’s AL.com reports. Crews then moved back and forth between the two trees, removing large segments of the more than 80-year-old oaks and carting the wood away ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters released from jail

OXFORD — A federal official says the man charged with sending poison letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge has been released from jail. Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford,  says Paul Kevin Curtis has been released from custody. Woodfin says he doesn’t know if there were any conditions on ...

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Coast Guard says sunken barge no risk to river traffic

VICKSBURG — Authorities say the barge that sank after hitting a bridge on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg poses no dangers to shipping or the environment. Coast Guard Capt. Bill Drelling said today that the barge is in 80 feet of water so there’s no risk of other barges hitting it. No decision has been made on removing the barge ...

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Spokesman: Raw sewage has been pouring in river since weekend

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Millions of gallons of raw sewage are pouring into the Mississippi River from a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant where two of three pumps have failed. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District spokesman Lance LeComb says the pumps went out on Sunday night, and it’s unclear how quickly they may be fixed or replaced. LeComb says the plant ...

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Clarion-Ledger sports editor Rusty Hampton moving to Neel-Schaffer

Longtime Clarion-Ledger sports editor Rusty Hampton is leaving The Clarion-Ledger to become editor of projects and proposals at Neel-Schaffer engineering firm in Jackson. Hampton posted his decision on his Facebook account Monday night. “I’m happy and sad tonight,” he wrote. “Excited about a new job prospect with the Neel-Schaffer engineering firm in Jackson but sad to be leaving The Clarion-Ledger, ...

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Poultry producers face myriad of challenges this year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The impact of last year’s drought on feed costs is not the only challenge poultry growers face in 2013. Production costs, expansion issues, waste regulations, competition from other meat sources and the next grain crop are major factors impacting the poultry industry this year. “Some of the corn produced last year had to go to ethanol, so ...

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MSU names drug company year's best start-up

STARKVILLE — Sano Chemical, the company launched to develop an antifungal drug discovered at Mississippi State University, has received the university’s Faculty Start-up Company of the Year. Dr. Stephen Pruett, basic sciences department head at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said the award was given by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at the I3, or Investing in Innovation, ...

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