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Presley alerts farmers to new sales tax break on energy bills

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is notifying agricultural businesses in Mississippi of a change in tax law that may lower their utility bills. The change, which went into effect July 1, exempts certain agricultural business from being charged state sales tax on their energy bills, particularly bills for electric and natural gas service. […] [...]

Scientists: Tick bite can cause red meat allergy

STARKVILLE — Steak lovers beware: Scientists have discovered certain tick bites can cause an allergy to red meat. Jerome Goddard, medical entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the lone star tick species carries a sugar that can be transmitted through its bite. The transmission of the sugar may cause people to become […] [...]

Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of […] [...]

EPA approves pesticide for grain sorghum producers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved farmers in the state of Mississippi for the use of sulfoxaflor (CAS Reg. No. 946578-00-3) on sorghum. This specific exemption will aid in controlling the sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari), which is a destructive pest that can cause damage to the grain sorghum crop. The registered product […] [...]

Georgia-Pacific buying SPG facilities in three states

HATTIESBURG — Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LP and SPG Holdings, LLC have reached an agreement under which Georgia-Pacific would purchase SPG, a paper goods company that manufactures and converts products for the foodservice industry. SPG has operations in Hattiesburg as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Augusta, Georgia. CIC Partners, a Dallas-based middle market private equity […] [...]

Cotton acreage expected to soar 40% over 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s cotton producers remain optimistic about a crop that is up significantly in acreage despite frequent planting delays. The state is expected to plant about 400,000 acres of cotton in 2014, about 40 percent more than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on June 15 that cotton was 98 […] [...]

Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed […] [...]

Application process begins for federal conservation initiative

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public and […] [...]

Soybean farmers facing issues after planting delayed by rains

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi farmers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season. “We never want to wish away a rain in June,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But growers […] [...]

Scientists studying new pesticide-application recommendations

STONEVILLE — Researchers at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center believe a new research project can help farmers reduce their number of pesticide applications without reducing peanut yield. Jeff Gore, an Extension entomologist and assistant research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at the MSU Delta Research and Extension […] [...]

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