Archive for 2009

Dairy farmers getting federal aid

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has implemented the new Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Payment (DELAP) program. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill authorized $290 million for loss assistance payments to eligible dairy producers. Milk prices declined substantially through early-to-mid-2009, with the national price for milk averaging $16.80 per hundredweight (cwt.) in the fourth […] [...]

Bridges makes national ranking

by Published: December 29,2009

Tags: casinos, gaming, Golf, golf courses, media, sports

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Bridges Golf Club at Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis rates among the Top 40 casino layouts in the United States, according to Golfweek’s recently-released rankings. Golfweek’s Best Casino list for 2009-2010 was published in the Dec. 12 issue of the national magazine. “We’re very pleased and not surprised that the […] [...]

Bynum meets with President Obama

JACKSON — Bill Bynum, CEO of ECD/HOPE (Enterprise Corporation of the Delta/Hope Community Credit Union), recently participated in a meeting with President Barak Obama to identify innovative ways to boost lending to small businesses and move the economy forward. Bynum joined a select group of 12 leaders from other community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and […] [...]

MDA awards SMPLC grants

by Published: December 29,2009

Tags: community development, grants, state agency

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Community Services Division recently awarded Small Municipalities and Limited Population County Grant (SMPLC) Program funds for 54 improvement projects throughout Mississippi. The SMLPC Grant Program provides funding for community-based projects and counties to assist with public facilities and infrastructure needs. The awards totaled over $5 million. [...]

MC unveils new medical program

by Published: December 29,2009

Tags: education, physician assistants

CLINTON — Mississippi College (MC) leaders plan to launch the state’s only physician assistant program and enroll the first students in the summer of 2011. MC expects to welcome 25 to 30 graduate students in the inaugural class. Students will attend year-round for 30 months and earn a master’s degree in medicine. Physician assistants are […] [...]

Shrimpers opposed to Thai settlement

by Published: December 29,2009

Tags: aquaculture, internatiional trade

BILOXI — The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) is strongly condemning the proposed settlement and revocation of the antidumping order on imported shrimp from Thailand. ASPA said it believes that the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), the purported representative of the domestic shrimp industry, is “selling out the American shrimp industry to Thailand in order to […] [...]

Cal-Maine reports poorer numbers

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. saw net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 of $229.2 million, compared with net sales of $238.3 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2009. The company reported net income of $16.1 million, or $0.68 per basic share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with net […] [...]

SBA loan enhancements to continue

WASHINGTON — President Obama has signed the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill, which includes $125 million to continue through Feb. 28, 2010, the enhancements made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) two largest loan programs. The SBA estimates the additional funding will support […] [...]

MBJ’s lists now available online

by Published: December 29,2009

Tags: business listings, media

JACKSON — The Mississippi Business Journal has unveiled a brand new addition to its recently renovated website. Visitors can now click on the “Lists” tab on the MBJ homepage ( for instant online access to MBJ’s digital warehouse of business listings — everything from advertising agencies to website design firms. “MBJ has always run lists […] [...]

Mass layoffs hit year-plus low

by Published: December 29,2009

Tags: jobs, mass layoffs, recession, unemployment

Employers took 1,797 mass layoff actions in November that resulted in the separation of 165,346 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The number of mass layoff events in November decreased by 330 from the prior month, and the number […] [...]

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