Posts Tagged ‘commodities’

Forestry’s value up despite lack of home construction

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products. However, at an estimated $1.04 billion, the year-end value of the forest products fell less than 1 percent from last year. James Henderson, assistant Extension Service professor of […] [...]

Cal-Maine records more sales, improved earnings

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. sold more eggs at higher prices in its fiscal second quarter, boosting profit despite higher feed costs. The nation’s largest producer of fresh eggs, Cal-Maine’s profit rose to $23.3 million, or 97 cents per share, in the quarter ended Nov. 26. That’s up 53 percent from $15.2 million, or 64 […] [...]

Staplcotn expecting less cotton next year due weak prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although Mississippi’s cotton acreage rebounded somewhat in 2011, Staplcotn’s Hank Reichle is expecting Delta farmers to plant less of the fiber in 2012 in response to lower prices. Reichle, vice president of export sales for the Greenwood-based cotton-marketing cooperative, said farmers are not glued to any one crop. “Producers have diversified. They […] [...]

West inducted into Hall

Fifty-one years after graduating from Mississippi State University, Coyt “Bud” West returned to his alma mater to be honored by the industry he served. On Nov. 17, West’s colleagues, friends, family, and MSU faculty and administration gathered at the university’s poultry science building to honor West as he was inducted into the Mississippi Poultry Association’s […] [...]

Aldermen rethinking proposed farmers market

OXFORD — The city of Oxford will take a second look at locating at farmers’ market next to the Park Commission’s Community Garden. The Oxford Eagle reports the board of aldermen agreed this week to put the new farmers’ market project on hold until at least next spring. A grant for $61,258 was awarded to […] [...]

SUSTA offering export assistance to small ag companies

JACKSON — The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Market Access Program (MAP) Branded. The Branded program is designed to help small agricultural companies enter export markets with 50 percent reimbursement for promotional costs like advertising, exhibiting at trade shows and changes to packaging and labels. To be […] [...]

Corn crop suffering in hot, dry weather

by Published: July 19,2011

Tags: agriculture, commodities, corn, drought, severe weather, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers planted another large corn crop, but this year’s corn is suffering from lack of rain. This season’s plantings are spread over a wide time window because of frequent rainfall North Mississippi. The majority of the crop in the Delta and South Mississippi was planted during late March, but plantings in […] [...]

Cochran: Administration failing state’s cattlemen

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials need to develop recommendations to help livestock producers in Mississippi, especially poultry farmers, reverse declining markets. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee that conducted a hearing on the “State of Livestock in America.” Cochran used the hearing to highlight […] [...]

Soybean, corn prices tumble after report

NEW YORK — Soybeans are leading a big sell-off in grains trading after the government released its latest crop report. The Agriculture Department said yesterday that soybean stockpiles are larger than expected. And it forecasts that farmers will plant 78.1 million acres of beans. That would make 2010 another record year of production. May soybeans […] [...]

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