Posts Tagged ‘mississippi farmers’

Rain, cold cause crop plantings to lag far behind

by Ted Carter Published: May 10,2013

Tags: corn, frost damage, fruit and herbs and spices, mississippi farmers, rice, vegetables

Weather weirdness has become the new normal for Mississippi farmers this spring as they watch for forecasts of warm, dry days they would routinely expect in most years. Even before temperatures in the low 40s or even lower combined with the near daily rainfall, planting averages were falling far below last year’s levels and levels […] [...]

Running down the numbers

by Wally Northway Published: June 12,2011

Tags: flood-related losses, mississippi farmers, Mississippi River flood

On June 2, the Associated Press issued a news release that pegged the state’s potential agriculture losses due the historic Mississippi River flood at $250 million-plus. It was the first hard figure yet given for Mississippi farmers’ flood-related losses. The AP piece cited the Governor’s Office as the source of the figure. Since the release, […] [...]

Withering in the field

by Wally Northway Published: August 15,2010

Tags: agriculture, mississippi farmers, record heat

Farmers facing record heat, lack of rain One year after being rained out of their fields and suffering the worst planting season in a half-century, Mississippi’s farmers are now frying in them. The prolonged, record temperatures and lack of rain have many wondering if the agriculture community facing another disaster. “That’s hard for me to […] [...]

Farmers finally see hope for disaster relief

by Wally Northway Published: March 21,2010

Tags: ag disaster, disaster relief, mississippi farmers, sweet potato, sweet potatoes

Federal and state aid possible for producers Just a handful of weeks ago, it looked as if Mississippi’s farming community would see no assistance to offset the severe crop losses suffered last year. They were looking at swallowing losses estimated at nearly $500 million — the worst loss in a half-century — on their own. […] [...]

Agriculture is a real business, needs real help

by MBJ Staff Published: February 21,2010

Tags: agriculture, editorial, mississippi farmers

Agriculture in Mississippi is an almost after thought these days in Washington. Despite the fact that Mississippi farmers lost nearly $500 million last year because of torrential rains and floods, policy makers in Washington do not feel the need to provide aid. In an exclusive story in today’s Mississippi Business Journal, the agriculture relief backers […] [...]

Farmers challenged to find lenders following disaster

by Wally Northway Published: February 1,2010

Tags: crop disaster, crop loss, mississippi farmers

Hopes for government help dwindling Stephen Bailey, a young sweet potato grower in Vardaman, suffered a 50-60 percent crop loss last year due to adverse weather that devastated his farm as it did the state’s entire farming community. Yet, he counts himself as fortunate. He knows it could be worse. “I had a friend who […] [...]

Staggering losses

by Wally Northway Published: November 9,2009

Tags: agriculture, crop damage, flooded field, mississippi farmers, soybeans

Crop damage estimated at nearly $500M John Anderson looked out his car window and surveyed yet another flooded field of soybeans. An agriculture economist at Mississippi State University, Anderson knows well the current crop loss estimates — in late October, he and colleague Dr. John Michael Riley figured it at approximately $371 million, or 23 […] [...]

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