Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Cotton to take center stage during MSU summit

STARKVILLE — From entrepreneurs to designers, anyone interested in cotton textiles will learn something more about the market at Mississippi State University’s upcoming Cotton Summit. The three-day free educational opportunity, April 22-24, will be held at locations throughout campus. Sessions will be led by a range of professionals who know the ins and outs of […] [...]

Specialty Crop Block Grants now available through MDAC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research, education/training/technical assistance, […] [...]

Sawtimber, pulpwood markets improving, but challenges remain

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Markets for Mississippi’s sawtimber and pulpwood are bouncing back from the economic recession, but the industry is not improving across the board. “Slowly but surely, markets for sawtimber are beginning to grow again after the sharp declines seen after the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing recession,” said James […] [...]

Farmers expected to plant more cotton and beans, less corn

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013′s record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined. Those are the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey of what the state’s farmers […] [...]

Cochran questions EPA over forest roads, flood control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency can be more cooperative in dealing with other agencies when assessing environmental matters related to forests and flood control projects. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2015 budget request for the EPA. Cochran offered questions […] [...]

MSU researchers develop timber-management software

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber. Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user’s guide based on 33 years of research. The free software provides expected yields and future […] [...]

Cochran pushing USDA for Critical Conservation Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has suggested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture consider designating the Lower Mississippi River Valley as one of the Critical Conservation Areas established in the 2014 farm bill to more efficiently promote soil, water and habitat conservation programs on a regional level. Cochran, the ranking Republican on […] [...]

Cold weather protects wheat crop from freezing?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year’s cold winter slowed wheat growth, so the late-March freeze across much of Mississippi probably did not cause major damage to the state’s wheat crop. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most wheat across the state had not reached a growth stage where it […] [...]

Cal-Maine sees better sales, net income

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) has released its results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 1, 2014. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 were $395.5 million, compared with net sales of $360.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The company reported net income of $42.9 million, or $1.78 […] [...]

Farmer-owned coop pays patronage for 19th year in a row

RIDGELAND — First South Farm Credit member-borrowers will receive approximately $13 million in patronage refund checks in April. Patronage, which is a form of dividend payment, is based on the association’s year-end earnings. Shep Morris, chairman of the First South board of directors, said, “This is the 19th consecutive year we’ve paid a patronage refund. […] [...]

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