Tag Archives: Agriculture

Farmers looking for repeat of last year’s success

April 7, 2014

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Coming off of a solid year in 2013, Mississippi farmers are planning their planting around market potential. “Prices are driving growers’ planting decisions,” said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Mississippi corn is trading about $2.50 per bushel lower than a year ago, while Mississippi soybean prices are slightly […]

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Extension: Supplemental wildlife feed can harm animals

March 31, 2014

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Offering feed to wildlife is a trend gaining traction in newspaper outdoor columns, outdoor magazines, catalogs, ads and campfire discussions, but the practice can be harmful to wildlife. Manufacturers of such feeds encourage landowners and managers to offer supplemental feeding for a variety of game wildlife species. Simply stated, supplemental feeding is the practice of […]

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Training to be offered on working large animal rescues

March 5, 2014

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What should people be aware of when coming to the aid of large animals involved in accidents and disasters? To answer that question, Mississippi State University is hosting a two-day training program in late March to make emergency responders aware of issues involved in large animal rescues. The Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Course […]

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Organization promoting women in agriculture still growing

February 27, 2014

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The lead organization promoting women in agriculture in Mississippi continues to grow. Dozens of women came together for a late February conference at Mississippi State University. The 75-member Mississippi Women for Agriculture organization meets to discuss important agricultural developments and to draw encouragement from shared experiences. Mary Jane Coign, who owns a cow and calf […]

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Extension offering program for women farmers

February 14, 2014

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The Mississippi State University Extension Service and its partners are providing a two-day educational and networking opportunity for women involved in agriculture in Mississippi. The Mississippi Women for Agriculture 2014 annual conference will be Feb. 20-21 in the Bost Extension Center at MSU. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 and ends at 3 […]

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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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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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USDA: Ag exports to approach this year’s record volume

December 11, 2013

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There is good news and bad news concerning next year’s projected U.S. agriculture exports. The bad news is the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects a decrease in exports in 2014 compared to 2013. The good news is USDA foresees 2014’s exports just missing this year’s activity, which was an all-time record. Newly released USDA forecasts […]

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Particulars on picking the perfect pecan

November 25, 2013

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It’s the holiday season and there is one burning question yet to be answered. No, not how does Santa fly around the world in one night. Rather, how is one to choose the perfect pecan? In addition to buying Mississippi pecans in the shell or already shelled, cooks find a dizzying array of nut sizes, […]

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Scientists looking for new weapons to fight cotton-damaging insect

November 19, 2013

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Cotton has made a rebound over the last few years, but growers still face challenges. One of those is damage from insects. However, new research shows potential for offering new strategies to limit tarnished plant bug damage in cotton, though sure options already exist. Mississippi State University scientists and Extension specialists have compiled decades of […]

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