Posts Tagged ‘Weather’

State’s truck crops ring in at more than $118M

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locally grown produce continues to increase in popularity on Mississippi’s kitchen counters, grocery shelves and restaurant menus as consumers seek fresher fruits and vegetables. To get them, they often turn to the state’s truck crops growers, who traditionally sold their specialty items, such as tomatoes, berries, nuts and sweet corn, from the […] [...]

NOAA scientists forecast less active Atlantic hurricane season

GULF OF MEXICO — Federal forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October. Officials dropped the number of […] [...]

Cooler summer temperatures negatively impacting catfish ponds

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — There is a reason catfish do well in Mississippi: hot summers. “An unusually cool summer like we have had can create nice days for people, but the temperatures have caused some problems for our catfish,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture specialist at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center. Avery […] [...]

Tropical Storm Bertha threatens Caribbean; multiple warnings issued

ATLANTIC OCEAN — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and other nearby islands as Tropical Storm Bertha approaches the Caribbean. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early today are near 45 mph with no significant change in strength expected over the next two days. In addition to […] [...]

Weather, armyworms challenge turf and forage producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Turf and forage producers in Mississippi need fewer clouds and more sunshine. In 2014, forage producers raised an estimated 600,000 acres of hay across the state. There are about 60 farms producing sod for sale in the state. Turf production… The unusually harsh winter melted into a cool, wet spring and summer, […] [...]

Corn growers watch bear market eat profits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Who knew Mississippi corn growers should worry about bears? The bears are not in the fields eating the crop; they are in the market, eating the profits. When economists refer to a bear market, they are talking about declining stock prices over a prolonged period, usually a 20 percent or larger decline. […] [...]

SBA deadline looms for victims of flooding, cold snap

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Aug. 11 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Mississippi as a result of excessive rainfall and cooler than normal temperatures that occurred from March 1 through July 31, 2013. The disaster declaration includes the counties of Adams, Alcorn, Amite, […] [...]

Deadline approaching for SBA loans to drought victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that Aug. 11 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Mississippi as a result of drought between Aug. 27 and Oct. 21, 2013. […] [...]

Report: More than 6.5M U.S. homes at risk for storm surge

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST  — CoreLogic has released its 2014 storm surge analysis featuring estimates on both the number and reconstruction value of single-family homes exposed to hurricane-driven storm surge risk within the United States. According to the findings, more than 6.5 million homes along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of storm […] [...]

FEMA forgives Coast city’s $5M-plus Katrina debt

PASCAGOULA — More than $5 million in loans approved for the city of Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city was notified of the decision this week. After the storm, many businesses and services in Pascagoula shut down, causing the city to lose millions in […] [...]

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