Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Farmers holding onto grain, hoping for a break in the market

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi farmers are holding large amounts of grain, primarily corn and soybeans, on their property, waiting for the best time to sell it. But they are holding out for hope in a market oversupplied and underpriced. Plus, if too many dump it at the same time, that would drive prices down further, said […] [...]

Farmers ante up and place bets in risky year

by Published: April 3,2015

Tags: agriculture, Business, cotton, Mississippi, NEWS, soybeans

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi farmers have doubled down on soybeans as a way to remain a player in the high-risk poker game that has seen winnings from past years dwindle. Farmers say they will plant 2.3 million acres of the beans this year, up 4 percent from 2013, the most land devoted to that crop […] [...]

Cal-Maine income skyrockets as prices rise and costs shrink

By JACK WEATHERLY Net income for Jackson-based Cal-Maine Foods — the nation’s largest producer of eggs — rose in the third fiscal quarter to $50.9 million, its second-biggest quarter ever. Earnings per share were $1.05, compared with 89 cents a year earlier on $42.9 million in net income. Net sales were up 10.6 percent for […] [...]

Tight margins on crops force hard choices for Mississippi farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Last year, Mississippi farmers had a bumper harvest, but that was not necessarily a cause for celebration. Production is one thing, price is another. Because of a pattern of high productivity in the past couple of years, the market has reacted with lower prices, according to John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist at […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

State agriculture values set to top $7B for third year

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, Mississippi, money

Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, […] [...]

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reports second quarter fiscal 2015 results

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, Cal-Maine, eggs, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today announced results for the second quarter and six months ended November 29, 2014. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $378.6 million, a 6.9 percent increase compared with net sales of $354.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The Company reported net income of $36.6 […] [...]

Citizen scientists help local wildlife and communities

Funding and manpower are the most common limiting factors in conducting research. These factors are especially limiting for wildlife and fisheries research projects, which cover vast geographic areas, involve secretive animals and generate large quantities of information. To combat these challenges, scientists have reached out to everyday citizens interested in science, the natural world and […] [...]

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