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MSU’s ag economics department turns 100

STARKVILLE — A leading environmental economist will be the featured speaker Feb. 13 as Mississippi State University commemorates the centennial birthday of the agricultural economics department. University alumnus Richard T. Carson, now an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego, will speak at 2 p.m. in McCool Hall’s Taylor Auditorium. The event is […] [...]

Thanks to Thad Cochran, U.S. catfish producers get long awaited win

by Ted Carter Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, catfish, Congress, John McCain, Mississippi, Senate, Thad Cochran

An eight-year struggle to require foreign and domestically produced catfish to undergo the same health safety inspections has ended with the inspection requirement surviving as part of the Farm Bill extension approved by a 68-32 Senate vote Tuesday. Domestic producers expect the inspection rules — which are permanent and supposed to be in effect within […] [...]

Winter woes — January shapes up to be one of most frigid on record

by Wally Northway Published: February 7,2014

Tags: Business, cold, ice, Mississippi, snow, Weather, winter

Robert Latham admits that when the current Severe Weather Preparedness Week was being planned, he and his staff at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) were concerned that the public would largely ignore it. But that is no longer an issue after last month when the state was rocked by numerous arctic blasts and two […] [...]

Senate passes Farm Bill; heads to Obama’s desk

WASHINGTON — After three years of work, a Farm Bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 yesterday by a margin of 68-32. Both of Mississippi’s senators — Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker — voted in favor of the bill. “Speaking for […] [...]

U.S. Senate to vote on 2014 Farm Bill today

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday and voted to proceed to consideration of the 2014 Farm Bill, paving the way for a final vote on the measure tomorrow. Cloture was invoked with bipartisan support of 72-22. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, […] [...]

Soybean board offering irrigation-efficiency meetings

CANTON — Several upcoming meetings hosted by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) will address increasing irrigation efficiency for the state’s farmers. The three meetings will feature Mississippi State University Extension Service irrigation specialist Jason Krutz, Ph.D., and other agricultural specialists, who will discuss how greater irrigation efficiency can positively impact farmers’ profit potential. The […] [...]

Farm Bill and Sen. Thad Cochran are important to Mississippi

by Bill Crawford Published: January 31,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, GOP, Mississippi, Thad Cochran

How important is the Farm Bill to Mississippi? The answer is the same as for this question – how important are farms and forestry to Mississippi’s economy? Well, 65 percent of Mississippi’s 30 million acres of land is forest land. Approximately 125,000 landowners participate in $1.17 billion in forestry production per year. Forestry is the […] [...]

Fertilizer manufacturer adding to product line-up

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. plans to add to its product line. In a news release, the company said beginning in mid-February it will add monoammonium phosphate to take advantage of broader market opportunities. The company already produces diammonium phosphate, which is sold through traditional domestic and international channels. The company says both products are […] [...]

State’s congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one […] [...]

Senators write letter to OSHA over concerns for small farmers

WASHINGTON — Despite assurances that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will back off efforts to regulate small farm grain storage, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are stressing that the agency must first comply with a long-standing directive that protects small, family-owned farms from OSHA regulations. In December, the Mississippi senators […] [...]

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