Posts Tagged ‘livestock’

Cochran: Administration failing state’s cattlemen

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials need to develop recommendations to help livestock producers in Mississippi, especially poultry farmers, reverse declining markets. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee that conducted a hearing on the “State of Livestock in America.” Cochran used the hearing to highlight […] [...]

Cattlemen challenged to protect herds during flood

by Published: May 19,2011

Tags: cattle, disaster, flooding, floods, livestock, natural disaster

WEST MISSISSIPPI — As the Mississippi River continues to rise, those who keep cattle in Delta floodplains need to prepare to move them to higher ground. Before evacuating, owners need to ensure their cattle are uniquely and permanently identified. Proper identification will be needed to prove ownership and to reclaim cattle before returning home. “Hanging […] [...]

Cattlemen taking advantage of online sales program

by Published: April 26,2011

Tags: agriculture, cattle, Internet, livestock, sales

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cattle producers and buyers are finding a win-win method of marketing cattle in the Cattlemen’s Exchange and Homeplace Producer Sales. Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is partnering with several organizations and sale barns to offer auctions in Winona and Hattiesburg for cattle that may never pass through either of those cities. Cattle […] [...]

Lawmakers protest Taiwan’s ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration […] [...]

Beef plant conspirator awarded reduced sentence

by Published: February 2,2011

Tags: agriculture, cattle, courts, livestock, scams

OAKLAND — A federal judge has reduced the sentence of a key figure in the Mississippi beef plant scandal. Richard Hall, of Clarksville, Tenn., was sentenced in 2006 to eight years in prison for his role in the failure of the plant. The beef plant, backed by the Mississippi Legislature and two state agencies, ran […] [...]

Cochran pushing USDA for livestock warranty program

by Published: January 20,2011

Tags: agriculture, federal government, livestock

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cooperate with livestock industry officials in Mississippi to create and implement a warranty program that would help protect livestock producers after their herds are affected by disease. Cochran, along with fellow senators from Alabama and Georgia, has written Agriculture Secretary Tom […] [...]

Obama signs livestock bill co-sponsored by Cochran

by Published: September 30,2010

Tags: agriculture, livestock

WASHINGTON – President Obama has signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to extend a program that helps producers find the best prices for their livestock. The Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act (PL.111-239) includes a five-year reauthorization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal mandatory price reporting program that guarantees […] [...]

Livestock herds dwindling with economy

by Published: August 6,2010

Tags: agriculture, economy, food, livestock

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Today’s economy means people are eating out and purchasing meat products less often, but cattle and hog producers have learned to make the most of tough times. John Michael Riley, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said producers work hard to keep their product affordable when money is tight. “Cattle […] [...]

Donations sought for storm-ravaged cattlemen

by Published: May 7,2010

Tags: cattle, disaster recovery, livestock, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture Lester Spell and Sammy Blossom of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association are asking the public for donations in the form of fencing supplies to assist Mississippi cattlemen who received significant damage due to the recent storms that stretched across the state. Damages from the April 24 tornado to several […] [...]

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