Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Demand outstripping Christmas tree supply as growers retire

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers who want Mississippi-grown Christmas trees to deck their halls should shop early for the best selection every year. “Choose-and-cut Christmas tree production in Mississippi is fairly flat because there are growers each year who retire,” said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Growers still in […] [...]

Investigation underway into cause of massive Ag Museum fire

JACKSON — €” State and local fire investigators began work Friday to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Ricky Davis says investigators were on the scene Thursday night and remained to start going through the debris Friday. He did not give […] [...]

Swiderski named chair of chair of animal research board

STARKVILLE — The Morris Animal Foundation has named Dr. Cyprianna Swiderski, associate professor in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, chair of its Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board. Swiderski, an equine internist who studies airway disease in horses, credits Morris Animal Foundation with the early support of her research that helped to give […] [...]

Bulls added to horse auction due to artificial insemination demand

PRAIRIE — Buyers shopping the Mississippi State University horse auction may be surprised to see bulls in the online photo lineup this fall. This is the second year for horses in the annual Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s production sale to be auctioned online with eBay-style bidding. All the animals are available for viewing […] [...]

Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an […] [...]

State officials expect less wheat acreage to be planted

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Excellent summer crop harvests in recent years is partly responsible for a significant decrease in the amount of wheat being planted in the state this fall. Official estimates are not yet available, but Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said he expects state farmers to plant […] [...]

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. [...]

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 […] [...]

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,” […] [...]

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