Posts Tagged ‘farming’

O TANNENBAUM — Christmas tree growers hoping to top solid 2012 sales

by Wally Northway Published: November 21,2013

Tags: Business, Christmas, farming, Jesus, Mississippi, Thanksgiving

First Lady Deborah Bryant has chosen a 12-foot Leyland cypress donated by the Lazy Acres farm in Chunky for this year’s Christmas tree at the Governor’s Mansion. It is the tallest tree ever selected for the Mansion, and growers are hopeful that is a good omen that sales will be solid in 2013. Christmas tree […] [...]

Sweet potato event wins award for promoting research

STARKVILLE — A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research. MSU faculty Ramon Arancibia, Raja Reddy, Steve Meyers, Mark Shankle, Juan Silva, Jason Ward and Filip To are members of the National Sweetpotato Collaborators […] [...]

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

by Associated Press Published: November 12,2013

Tags: agriculture, Brian Williams, corn, cotton, crop, farm, farmer, farming, harvest, rice, row crop, U.S. Department of Agriculture, yie;d

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 […] [...]

MSU researchers extend survey of fungal disease

STARKVILLE — A statewide survey that Mississippi State University began this summer will continue next year as researchers look for a particular fungal disease that is developing resistance to chemical control. In 2012, soybean fields in two Mississippi counties were found to have frogeye leaf spot fungi resistant to strobilurins, the class of fungicides commonly […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Winter wheat planting on schedule; crop looks good so far

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fall planting of the state’s winter wheat crop is on schedule, and early-season growth looks good in fields planted so far. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 27 report, 28 percent of the state’s expected wheat crop had been planted. Unlike spring, when all row crops were well behind schedule, […] [...]

Rice crop overcomes early weather challenges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After a late start for the planting season raised fears that a hot August could damage the crop, Mississippi’s rice has yielded a high-quality harvest. The Oct. 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress and condition report indicated the state’s rice crop was 96 percent harvested. The crop’s quality was rated as […] [...]

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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