Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Delta Council fears new delay in Asian catfish inspections in works

CLEVELAND – Delta Council officials are worried that U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of imported catfish may be delayed two years beyond next year’s expected start of USDA inspections of domestically produced catfish. Council officials relayed concerns over the possible inspection delays to U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden during her visit here to deliver […] [...]

EPA exempts pesticide for use in fighting crazy ants

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A quarantine exemption has been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the expanded use of Termidor SC Termiticide/Insecticide EPA Reg. No. 7969-210 to aid in the control of an invasive crazy ant species, Nylanderia sp.nr. Pubens, commonly referred to as raspberry or tawny crazy ants. This exemption will allow […] [...]

Decline in dairy producers shows industry’s woes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians looking to raise a glass to celebrate “June is Dairy Month” with local producers may be drinking their milk alone. Walthall County Extension agent Richard Hay has seen a drastic change in dairy numbers in his county since he arrived in 1984. “We had more than 200 dairy farms when I […] [...]

Cochran gains strong support at Delta Council; Gov. Bryant calls him ‘best for Mississippi’

By Ted Carter CLEVELAND, Mississippi – Thad Cochran’s visit here Friday for the close of the Delta Council’s 79th annual meeting netted him several standing ovations from an auditorium of invited guests and a declaration of support from Gov. Phil Bryant as “best for Mississippi.” The enthusiasm for Cochran ran counter to an electronic poll […] [...]

Sanderson Farms sees increase in sales, net income

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) saw net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 of $660.7 million compared with $621.2 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $51.0 million, or $2.21 per share, compared with net income of $24.4 million, or $1.06 per share, for the second […] [...]

Farm bill creates new critical conservation areas

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has two new conservation partnerships aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of the Mississippi River and the long leaf pine forests to the state. Large portions of Mississippi are included in two of the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) authorized under the 2014 farm bill as part of a significant reform […] [...]

Senators write letter to EPA administrator over regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Growing concern among farmers, ranchers, rural communities and agriculture interests has led U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to seek answers on a wide assortment of environmental regulations planned by the Obama administration. All Republican members on the agriculture panel have signed a letter asking […] [...]

Ag commissioners visit border, see need for immigration reform

SOUTH TEXAS  — Agricultural leaders from states far from the U.S.-Mexico border, including Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, visited Texas yesterday and said they are more convinced than ever of the need for immigration reform after a tour of border security operations in the Rio Grande Valley. The eight state agriculture commissioners who joined Texas […] [...]

Portions of forest to get beetle-fighting effort through farm bill

CHICKASAW COUNTY – A battle against a growing southern pine beetle infestation in Mississippi’s Tombigbee National Forest will be fought by the U.S. Forest Service using designations authorized in the 2014 farm bill. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) yesterday officially designated portions of the Tombigbee National Forest as a landscape-scale insect and disease treatment area […] [...]

With clear skies, farmers look to get planting back on schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Frequent rains kept farmers indoors through much of April, but clear weather in early May allowed them to play catch-up on row-crop planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that planting of most of the state’s row crops is back on schedule after the wet early spring. Corn is the first crop […] [...]

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