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MMSA to welcome ‘Small Town, Miss.’ as new member

February 7, 2014

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The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will welcome a new member next week, and the community that is joining might come as a surprise to many. On Feb. 13, the MMSA will designate the City of Small Town, Miss., an official Mississippi Main Street Community. The designation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at […]

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Brand compatibility leads CVS to snuff out store tobacco sales

February 5, 2014

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CVS Caremark will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its stores by Oct. 1, making the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain in the first national pharmacy to pull tobacco products from its sales roster. The Christian Science Monitor reports that CVS’s announcement follows years of branding initiatives to retool the mega-retailer not just as a […]

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New program aimed at keeping beehives buzzing

February 5, 2014

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A new program has launched aimed at further protecting threatened honeybees. Jeff Harris, Mississippi State University Extension Service apiculturist, said ongoing discussions over the course of several months resulted in the Mississippi Honey Bee Stewardship Program. “In light of the global decline of honeybee populations, the Extension Service and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federations facilitated discussions […]

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Burning and birds — workshops to offer answers

February 3, 2014

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For landowners, foresters and others who have questions about prescribed burning and game bird habitat management can find answers at upcoming events. Mississippi State University is offering land management workshops in Panola and Pike counties. The workshops are designed for landowners, foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists. The MSU Extension Service, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, […]

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Pangasius exporters upset Cochran beat back repeal of catfish inspection rule

January 29, 2014

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The new five-year farm bill the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate compromised on this week  failed to cut out the U.S. catfish inspection program, putting a barrier on catfish imports into the United States. As written into the 2008 Farm Bill, the $14 million per year program would assign inspection of catfish imports to […]

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Looking for food? MarketMaker expands

January 29, 2014

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For those looking for food, there is good news out of Mississippi State University. Mississippi food businesses will soon have access to customers all over the world through the expansion of MarketMaker, a database of searchable food industry-related information. Through a new license with MarketMaker, not-for-profit company Riverside Research has exclusive rights to the database. […]

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Mississippi DEQ wants your ideas for Environmental Justice conference

January 10, 2014

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The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking suggestions on speakers and topics for Environmental Justice conference the state agency is sponsoring this year to recognize the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The conference will bring together communities, non-profit organizations, researchers, businesses, healthcare professionals, state and local government and […]

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Farms, homeless shelters scramble as cold grips states

January 6, 2014

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Farmers hustled to harvest citrus and protect strawberries, homeless shelters admitted all comers, Terrebonne Parish jail inmates got extra blankets and people were warned to protect pipes, plants and pets as arctic air smacked into the Deep South and temperatures plummeted in Louisiana and Mississippi. Shreveport and Monroe in Louisiana and Hernando all had morning […]

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Standoff over $1.6B overrun threatens schedule for Panama Canal expansion

January 3, 2014

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PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — In news that should draw concern from executives at the Port of Gulfport and other ports on the Gulf and east coast, the consortium at the heart of a historic Panama Canal expansion project is threatening to suspend work due to financial problems caused by a $1.6 billion cost overrun. […]

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Department name-change reflects new movement in forestry

December 17, 2013

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A department at Mississippi State University is changes its name as it changes with the times. MSU says its Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Department head Rubin Shmulsky said over the last few decades, the forestry industry has evolved to include both wood and other bioproducts, including agricultural residues, […]

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