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State: Does are not being over-hunted

JACKSON — Human behavior is the biggest reason that Mississippi’s statewide deer season was marginal, state biologists say. The statewide season ended Saturday, though legal bucks may be hunted Feb. 1-15 in the Southeast Zone. Biologists estimate there are about 1.7 million deer in Mississippi, with one buck for every three does, WLOX-TV reported. Some […] [...]

2 Mississippi oysters reefs reopen

BILOXI — State officials say two Mississippi oyster reefs are reopening for tonging. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says the St. Joseph’s Reef and the southern portions of the Pass Christian Reef open Monday. The DMR say all rules and regulations remain in effect. Anyone needing more information can call the Mississippi Department of […] [...]

Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide […] [...]

MSU-CVM professor leads major reference publication

A comprehensive reference book on all aspects of bovine reproduction was recently published under the leadership of a Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine professor. Dr. Richard Hopper, professor in the MSU-CVM Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, is lead author and editor-in-chief of “Bovine Reproduction.” Hopper is section leader for the CVM Theriogenology, […] [...]

North Carolina officials may revisit Sanderson Farms plant incentives

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Cumberland County officials may reconsider tax breaks and other sweeteners for a proposed poultry plan that could employ 1,000 workers. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Cumberland County commissioners may vote Tuesday to set a public hearing on an incentives package for the Sanderson Farms plant. The Mississippi-based company told economic development officials […] [...]

Three arrested for cattle rustling in Hinds County

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, announced that three individuals were recently arrested for livestock theft and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Pinehaven Drive in Hinds County. Lead MALTB […] [...]

MSU to host Producer Advisory Council Feb. 19

VERONA — Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 19 in Verona. Agricultural clients will meet with representatives from the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station to discuss education and research needs. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the […] [...]

Kudzu bugs spread into DC area, southern Delaware, Arkansas

NEW ORLEANS — The pea-sized bugs look a bit like ticks, can suck one-fifth of the yield out of a soybean field, and travel by highway. In the 5 1/2 years since they were first spotted in Georgia, kudzu bugs have spread 400 to 500 miles west and north — as far as Louisiana, Arkansas, […] [...]

UNFOLDING OF A RESCUE — How Sanderson Farms saved Mississippi’s PGA tour event

Years from now Mississippi golf fans will tell of how chicken — or, more specifically, a chicken empire — saved the state’s spot on the Professional Golf Association tour. The rescue required convincing Joe Sanderson Jr. and the board of his publicly traded company that chicken and the sponsor-less True South Classic belonged together under […] [...]

Mississippi poultry industry’s hub system behind today’s success

To understand how Mississippi’s poultry industry has advanced to become the state’s top agricultural money maker, think of the hub system the airlines use, says Mark Leggett, Mississippi Poultry Association president. Developed during the 1960s and ’70s, the hub system, or what the industry calls vertical integration, ended segmentation of the industry and ensured a […] [...]

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