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TWEETING FARMERS

by Published: November 6,2011

Tags: agribusiness, agriculture, Facebook, social media, Twitter

If tweeting farmers seems like a far-fetched idea, think again. Much of agriculture is now high tech and that includes farmers who are turning more and more to social media for a variety of reasons. “Just like the rest of the population, farmers’ use of Facebook, blogs and other social media has increased and is […] [...]

Lee County Agri-Center faces uncertain future prospects

by Published: November 6,2011

Tags: agribusiness, Lee County, Lee County Agri-Center

When it was built in 1994, the Lee County Agri-Center was one of the first such centers in the state and was thought of as a regional center. Hopes were high that the 150,000-square-foot complex would not only pay for itself but bring in additional revenue for the county. The facility has not lived up […] [...]

Delta Branch Experiment Station continues to grow

Folks in the Delta know exactly what it is. They might call it Delta Research and Extension Center or Delta Branch Experiment Station — or they might just call it “Stoneville.” Whatever the name, they know the work being done at the Mississippi State University-operated agriculture research complex is vitally important to farmers across the […] [...]

Candidates for ag commissioner take their cases to the people

The winner of the race between the two candidates vying to be the next Mississippi agriculture commissioner Mississippi agriculture commissioner is sure to draw attention. If Democrat Joel Gill wins, he will return his party to the office it held until current Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell, who is not seeking re-election and had switched […] [...]

Buying the farm … and more

A small Central Mississippi community is pushing to get an idled poultry operation up and running again, looking to recoup hundreds of jobs that were lost when it declared bankruptcy. Now, Equity Partners Inc. has the challenge of not only finding a buyer for the sprawling poultry complex in Forest that includes the assets of […] [...]

The Numbers Guy: Riley combines love of math with agriculture

John Michael Riley, Ph.D., grew up on a farm and had a love for math. And he has parlayed his passion for agriculture and numbers into a career. The agriculture economist with Mississippi State University Extension Service, Riley is “The Numbers Guy.” Researchers and scientists, farmers, elected officials, media — if they are looking for […] [...]

Agriculture think tank

Situated not a cotton spindle’s throw from historic Highway 1 near the unincorporated community of Scott sits the “think tank” for the Mississippi Delta farmer. There aren’t any ivy walls or backpack-toting coeds on this campus but rest assured, knowledge is at the core of the Scott Learning Center, where cotton, soybeans and corn are […] [...]

Our homegrown commodity

Aside from politics and sports talk, there is little question that the conversation in Mississippi always comes back to food and where to get a taste of some homegrown country goodness. Mouth-watering fresh fruits and vegetables are produced abundantly in a state known first and foremost for agriculture and one has to look no further […] [...]

A staple since 1977, ‘Farmweek’ has changed with the times and survived on Mississippi television

According to the final Nielson television ratings, the “Six Million Dollar Man,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “MASH” were the top three network television shows in 1977. In October that year, a 30-minute newsmagazine program devoted to Mississippi agriculture quietly debuted statewide on Mississippi public broadcasting stations. And not unlike the Energizer Bunny, “Farmweek” keeps going and […] [...]

Milking 150 cows just the start of the day

To the casual observer, there doesn’t appear to be enough hours in the day for Randy Knight. Elected as president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation last December, the 48-year-old Knight isn’t just a figurehead for the organization which is considered the voice for Mississippi farm families. He’s a dairy farmer and rancher himself. “Leaving […] [...]

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