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Corps’ closing of river could impact grain exports

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Closing the Mississippi River to reinforce part of the bank at the height of a record harvest season could do serious damage to grain exports, says the Waterways Council Inc., a trade group for barge shipping. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis and Greenville during the […] [...]

Catfish Institute launches new smartphone app

JACKSON — The Catfish Institute has launched a new smartphone app that allows catfish lovers to explore recipes, watch cooking videos and learn more about the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry. The app is free. It can be found by searching “U.S. catfish” in either the Apple App Store or on Google Play for Android devices. [...]

Smaller harvest means higher prices for pecans this holiday season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love holiday recipes with pecans, but an off year may make the nuts more expensive and harder to find. Eric Stafne, associate Extension and research professor at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, said the state’s pecan crop is forecast at 1 million pounds. The state produced 5 […] [...]

NRCS accepting applications from ag producers for EQUIP

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve other environmental benefits. NRCS has directed millions of dollars in financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2015 […] [...]

Mississippi laws afford grain producers at least some protection

» Arkansas to consider legislation after Turner Grain bankruptcy leaves farmers unpaid   Unlike Arkansas, Mississippi’s laws provide a measure of protection to farmers who sell their crops through brokers who become financially unstable. Registration and bond requirements apply to both grain brokers and warehouse owners, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. […] [...]

Researchers: Trapping, not hunting, best way to control wild hogs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Mississippians enjoy the sport of hunting wild pigs, but trapping is a better way to control the rapidly growing population that is destroying forests, damaging agricultural resources and threatening native wildlife in the state. “Population studies by scientists show that hunting only removes about 25 percent of the population on average,” […] [...]

ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

  If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an […] [...]

Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is asking for an independent peer review of the decision that halted completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood control project for the lower Mississippi Delta. Cochran requested approval for an independent peer review from Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following a […] [...]

RAEM launches study on wood pellet market’s impact on railroads

WAYNESBORO — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi (RAEM) has initiated a study to analyze the growing global wood pellet market and its financial impact on the construction of a new rail line connecting Waynesboro to Lucedale. RAEM’s previous economic studies demonstrated forest products will be the primary user of the new rail line, and […] [...]

State’s pumpkin growers hurt by disease, summer rain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pumpkins are popping up on porches across Mississippi, but some growers had trouble getting them there. Many Mississippi pumpkin farmers experienced heavy disease pressure and a delayed harvest due to frequent summer rains. Growers planted more acres this year, but harvested fewer pumpkins than usual, said Stanley Wise, Union County agriculture and […] [...]

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