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State’s first tea garden survives bad weather with some losses

July 3, 2014

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BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi’s cold, wet winter and spring gave the state’s new tea farm its first test. Owner Jason McDonald and business partner Timothy Gipson started the farm in October. Their 250 one-gallon plants and 10 three-gallon plants are thriving this summer, despite some losses. “The plants actually did really well,” said Rebecca Bates, Mississippi […]

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Uncle Ben’s Greenville hires director of manufacturing

July 1, 2014

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Jair Cole has accepted the position of Director of Manufacturing for Uncle Ben’s in Greenville. Beginning Monday, Cole will be responsible for directing the overall operations of both Uncle Ben’s Greenville and Bolton sites and ensuring efficient and safe manufacturing practices. The position also has responsibility for associate development and engagement at sites. Cole’s previous […]

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CRAWFORD: A clear choice on Tuesday

June 19, 2014

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By Bill Crawford So, on Tuesday we get a clear choice. We can pick the candidate who wants to save America from Thad Cochran, or the candidate who wants to save Mississippi from Chris McDaniel. To hear McDaniel and his Tea Party cronies tell it, Cochran is joined at the hip with Barack Obama and […]

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Mississippi State Fair gets new executive director

June 16, 2014

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Veteran venue manager Rick Reno has been named to replace Billy Orr as executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission.   Reno is currently executive director of VenuWorks in Dodge City, Kan. The Louisiana native has more than 40 years in facilities management and is a certified facilities executive recognized by the International Association of […]

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McComb dairy farm wins national environmental award

June 16, 2014

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Special to the MBJ Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn, an organic, 100 percent grass-fed dairy farm in McComb, is one of three national winners of the “People & Planet Award” presented by Green America, a national green economy organization. The award recognizes innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and […]

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Coalition of ag producers form ‘Farmers for Thad’

June 16, 2014

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Thus far in his bid to win reelection to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Thad Cochran has received support from the state’s agriculture community. Now, a group of farmers is stepping forward to make their pro-Cochran voices louder. Farmers for Thad, a coalition of Mississippi farmers representing the state’s agricultural production base, has come together to […]

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Cochran gains strong support at Delta Council; Bryant calls him ‘best for Mississippi’

May 31, 2014

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By Ted Carter CLEVELAND, Mississippi – Thad Cochran’s visit here Friday for the close of the Delta Council’s 79th annual meeting netted him several standing ovations from an auditorium of invited guests and a declaration of support from Gov. Phil Bryant as “best for Mississippi.” The enthusiasm for Cochran ran counter to an electronic poll […]

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Big win for Miss. tourism with hosting ‘SEC Championship of Barrel Races’

May 28, 2014

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STARKVILLE, Mississippi — The eyes of the barrel-racing nation will turn to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville on Oct. 17.   A barrel racing qualifying event for The American, a major national rodeo, comes to Starkville Oct. 17. The Mississippi State University facility will host a qualifying event for The American, a major national […]

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Farmers to get latest in online marketing, networking

May 12, 2014

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As farmers look to get their crops in the field, an event is planned to also help them get their crop to market. Farmers can learn online marketing techniques and networking strategies during an outreach event next week in Holmes County. Roberto Gallardo, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service Center for […]

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Post-storm cool snap aids strawberry growers

May 6, 2014

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While many Mississippians have been impacted by the April 28 storms, one group of farmers has profited from the weather. Unseasonably cool temperatures in the wake of historic tornado activity could be a boon for the state’s strawberry growers. “The weather over the past few days has been tough, but it’s still early in the […]

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