Posts Tagged ‘U.S. Department of Agriculture’

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, […] [...]

Farmers expected to plant more cotton and beans, less corn

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — With corn prices down, Mississippi farmers are likely to plant more cotton than 2013′s record low acreage. But soybeans are still king, with almost as many acres expected to be planted than all other crops combined. Those are the findings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s survey of what the state’s farmers […] [...]

Study: Most rural hospitals’ finances at or above national average

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has released a study of Mississippi’s publicly owned, rural hospitals’ financial health. Public finances and the efficiency and effectiveness of their use are areas frequently studied by the Office of the State Auditor. The study, which gathered data from audited financial reports for the years 2009-2012, includes 25 hospitals […] [...]

Cochran pushing USDA for Critical Conservation Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has suggested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture consider designating the Lower Mississippi River Valley as one of the Critical Conservation Areas established in the 2014 farm bill to more efficiently promote soil, water and habitat conservation programs on a regional level. Cochran, the ranking Republican on […] [...]

Sales down, but net income up at Sanderson Farms

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has released results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended Jan. 31. Net sales were $584.9 million, compared with $595.8 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, Sanderson reported net income of $28.9 million, or $1.25 per share, compared with a net loss of $6.9 […] [...]

Cochran, association talk water provisions in farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who met with members of the Mississippi Rural Water Association yesterday, said rural development and conservation provisions enacted with the new farm bill are intended to help rural communities meet growing demands for water and wastewater services, while reducing the amount of time it takes for eligible […] [...]

State’s congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one […] [...]

Senators write letter to OSHA over concerns for small farmers

WASHINGTON — Despite assurances that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will back off efforts to regulate small farm grain storage, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are stressing that the agency must first comply with a long-standing directive that protects small, family-owned farms from OSHA regulations. In December, the Mississippi senators […] [...]

Sweet potato research competition launched

PITTSBORO — What will be the next innovative sweet potato product found on grocery shelves across the county? Perhaps something invented by students at Mississippi State University. Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension Service, launched the Sweet Potato Innovation Challenge at the Sweet Potato Council’s annual meeting Jan. 10 in Calhoun County. “The growers […] [...]

Power plant lands $181M loan from USDA

BATESVILLE — The U. S. Department of Agriculture is providing a loan for work at an electric power generation facility in Panola County. The federal agency Friday announced in a news release that it is providing $181 million to the South Mississippi Electric Power Association. The money will be used to purchase two natural gas-fired […] [...]

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