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Senators write letter to OSHA over concerns for small farmers

WASHINGTON — Despite assurances that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will back off efforts to regulate small farm grain storage, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are stressing that the agency must first comply with a long-standing directive that protects small, family-owned farms from OSHA regulations. In December, the Mississippi senators […] [...]

Farmers see weaker market prices for agronomic crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI —  Mississippi’s top two agricultural commodities — poultry and forestry — maintained their strength in 2013, but most agronomic crop values took a hit from significantly lower prices than those earned in 2012. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said agronomic crop prices were a major drag […] [...]

Cochran: ‘We are making progress’ on farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, has offered his thoughts on the prospects of Congress completing a new, five-year farm bill early next year. Cochran addressed work on the farm bill during remarks to the Senate following his participation in the latest morning […] [...]

Business owners’ appeal for new Monsanto trial tossed

OXFORD — A federal judge has denied a motion for a new trial from a north Mississippi company sued by Monsanto Co. for saving seeds from one harvest and planting them the following season. U.S. District Judge Michael Mills ruled that Mitchell and Eddie Scruggs owe Monsanto Co. $6.3 million damages as a jury found […] [...]

MSU partnering in effort to boost soybean production in Africa

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is among a consortium of universities and other partners receiving a $25-million, five-year international grant to boost soybean production across Africa. The Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Soybean Value Chain Research, also known as the Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL), is being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. […] [...]

USDA expecting state’s farmers to see record yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s farmers have been harvesting fields heavy with crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield per acre for Mississippi’s corn, cotton and rice crops. Corn production, which has been increasing in importance in Mississippi, is projected to reach nearly 147 million bushels, surpassing 2007 for the state’s largest […] [...]

Farm Credit Bank sees increase in earnings, loans

AUSTIN, Texas — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) reported increased earnings and loan volume in the third quarter. The cooperatively owned funding bank reported net income of $43.5 million for the third quarter of 2013, a 4.7 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Net income for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, was […] [...]

New farmers market to hold soft opening this weekend

EDWARDS — The Town of Edwards will present the “Edwards Farmers Market Soft Opening Day” with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor RL Perkins and District 63 Representative Deborah Butler Dixon The event will be held on Town Square at 310 Front Street (the 2013 interim location) Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. The […] [...]

Hood watching for scammers in black farmer settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers to be aware of persons or organizations offering help in filing claims in the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It has been brought to our attention that there are individuals/organizations who are holding meetings statewide and charging a fee to help […] [...]

Senators calling on USDA to explain decisions on assistance loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have challenged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explain what they call recent ill-timed decisions regarding marketing assistance loans that are creating financial uncertainty and hardships for farmers and businesses, including […] [...]

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