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Pickering collects more money from failed beef plant project

OAKLAND — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has recovered an additional $48,933.35 as part of the long-term investigation into the failed beef processors plant in Yalobusha County, and has presented the check to State Treasurer Lynn Fitch. Since 2004, $617,115.86 has been returned to the state as part of this investigation. Additionally, six individuals have either […] [...]

Cal-Maine closes on acquisition of Delta Egg Farm

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) has closed the previously announced acquisition of 50 percent of the membership interests of Delta Egg Farm, LLC from Sunbest Foods of Iowa Inc., a Moark, LLC affiliate. Delta Egg Farm owns and operates a feed mill and egg production complex with capacity for approximately 1.2 million laying […] [...]

Southern AgCredit sets another patronage payment record

RIDGELAND — Southern AgCredit, a rural lending cooperative, recently returned a record level of net earnings to its customer-owners in Mississippi and Louisiana. This marks the 18th consecutive year of the co-op’s patronage program. Southern AgCredit customers received a check for their portion of the $7.2 million cash patronage, plus a statement detailing their share […] [...]

Ag producers, scientists talk about research, needs

VERONA — More than 300 north Mississippi agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University representatives to hear research results and recommendations and to express what they need from the university in the coming year. Steve Martin, head of MSU’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, said the annual meeting helps keep producers, researchers […] [...]

Mississippi gardeners wait and see what winter left behind

by Lisa Monti Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, gardening, Gulf Coast, Mississippi

Nothing unleashes a gardener’s urge to replenish a garden or refill flower beds and pots than the earliest sign of springtime. And after this winter’s unusual string of ice, sleet and snow across the state, it might be tempting to rush those shopping trips to nurseries and garden centers to commence the season. But for […] [...]

Locally filmed ‘Ask This Old House’ to air this weekend

BILOXI — A segment of “Ask This Old House” that was filmed in Biloxi premiers this weekend. The show demonstrates how to install a high tunnel to extend the growing season of backyard gardens. Two Mississippi State University horticulture scientists served as consultants for the traveling home improvement show. They helped the crew with region-specific […] [...]

Delta Group: Farmers facing late planting due to weather

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Faced with the possibility with a late planting season due to the harsh winter weather, farmers throughout the region are planning their strategy and preparing their equipment to make sure they are ready to go when the weather allows. “Farmers are looking at the winter we’re having and there’s definitely some concern […] [...]

Sales down, but net income up at Sanderson Farms

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has released results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended Jan. 31. Net sales were $584.9 million, compared with $595.8 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, Sanderson reported net income of $28.9 million, or $1.25 per share, compared with a net loss of $6.9 […] [...]

Wholesale bank reports record earnings — again

AUSTIN, Texas — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT), a cooperatively owned wholesale bank that provides funding for rural retail lenders, has released preliminary unaudited financial highlights and results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, reporting record earnings for the eighth consecutive year. The Austin-based bank reported $179.8 million in net income in 2013, a 3.0 […] [...]

Lab gives chicken farmers a break, lowers fees

STARKVILLE — The more than 2,000 chicken growers in Mississippi can now save money on an annual test required to meet federal and state regulations and keep their samples in the state. The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has lowered its fee for testing chicken litter to $35 to be more in line with fees charged […] [...]

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