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Specialty Crop Block Grants now available through MDAC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research, education/training/technical assistance, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Value of state’s truck crops continues to rise, tops 6,700 acres

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Greater consumer demand for locally grown produce has made truck crops a bigger part of the state’s overall agricultural production and increased related research at Mississippi State University. Truck crops get their name from the fact that they are often sold from the back of pickup trucks. They are produce crops, including […] [...]

Program rewards growers for safe food-handling practices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is currently offering a cost-share program to provide financial assistance to Mississippi fruit and vegetable farmers receiving Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) Certification. Eligible farmers will receive reimbursement for 75 percent of the certification costs up to a maximum of $500. […] [...]

Heavy rains put quality of strawberry crop in doubt

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Growing strawberries in the South is especially challenging because of its variable weather, like that seen this spring. Wayne Porter, Mississippi State University Extension horticulture specialist in Lauderdale County, said the strawberries struggled because of excessive rain. “The crop started in late January and sputtered through February and March,” Porter said. “Berries […] [...]

Scientists studying rooftop gardens on Coast

GULFPORT — Horticulture scientists at Mississippi State University are studying and recording the effects of the coastal climate on rooftop gardens in Gulfport. When they learned the eight green roofs at the Armed Forces Retirement Home were struggling to survive, Christine Coker and Gary Bachman, both horticulture scientists at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center, […] [...]

Defense Department grant puts state-raised food in schools

DESOTO COUNTY — Either by fork or fingers, the second- and third-grade students of Chickasaw Elementary in Olive Branch dived into some Magnolia-state raised blueberries and cantaloupes as a part of a farm to school awareness program. Picking a blueberry up with her fingers, second-grader Mary Katherine Stephens, 8, liked the tiny cup of fruit […] [...]

Indiana farm linked to salmonella-tainted melons

OWENSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed two Kentucky residents, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. Salmonella collected from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, Ind., matches the “DNA fingerprint” of the salmonella […] [...]

Extension: Watermelon crop good for consumers and farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As summer temperatures soar into the triple digits, Mississippi’s sweet watermelon crop is satisfying both growers and consumers, according to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Everyone wants watermelon — from the beginning of harvest in June right up until the Fourth of July, when demand peaks for holiday picnics,” said Rick […] [...]

New farmers market deemed successful; another may be opening

by Published: June 25,2012

Tags: farm, farmer, farmers market, fruit, market, produce, retail, vegetables

PASCAGOULA and OXFORD — A new farmers market here is drawing positive reviews by vendors and buyers. The Mississippi Press reports the Pascagoula Farmers Market at Victory Lot is enjoying a steady stream of customers and that vendors report good sales. The market opened for the first time June 16, and is scheduled for Wednesdays […] [...]

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