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Flooded fields

Agriculture losses could approach $1B The anger and frustration was obvious in Doug Jeter’s voice. The Warren County farmer had spent the last week counting his losses while moving equipment to higher ground as the Mississippi River approaches an historic crest. He and colleagues moved his equipment to the North Washington Street area where they […] [...]

Something real, or is it a bubble?

Higher crop prices and steady increases in land rents and values have Mississippi farm owners believing their fortunes have turned. But recollections of the cropland boom and bust of the 1980s keep their enthusiasm in check. For one Washington County farmer who works several thousand acres, the new prosperity is a mere offset to the […] [...]

Betting the farm

While the escalation in farmland values in the Midwest has gained national attention, Mississippi agricultural land has had a less-noticed run-up of its own. From 2009 through 2010, Mississippi’s cropland rose 5 percent in value, keeping pace with Missouri and Kansas and outpacing Illinois (3.2 percent) and Iowa (1.2 percent), the U.S. Department of Agriculture […] [...]

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