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Rain puts state’s rice farmers behind schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — With Mississippi’s rice crop about two weeks later than normal, growers will have narrow windows of opportunity to perform necessary management as it grows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 92 percent of rice was planted by June 1. Seventy-four percent of the crop that has emerged was in good to excellent […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Peanut planting delayed by weather, but in ‘pretty good shape’

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Most peanut growers are on schedule despite the cool, wet weather that hit Mississippi at the beginning of May. “We are in pretty good shape all over the state,” said Jason Sarver, peanut specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. “The cool, wet spell […] [...]

EPA task force recruits MSU to battle farmland runoff into river

STARKVILLE — A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities, including one in Mississippi. The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn’t been a […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Farmers ask questions, get answers in wake of tornadoes

LOUISVILLE — More than 70 individuals who suffered losses from the April 28 tornadoes visited the state’s first Agriculture Disaster Center May 15 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Louisville. Representatives from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Administration […] [...]

Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature […] [...]

Despite tornadoes, state’s poultry growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The poultry industry is riding a wave of success, propelling it from a strong 2013 into another year with promises of favorable market prices and lower production costs. John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several issues will influence poultry profits in 2014. “We expect […] [...]

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