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Agriculture Commissioner tries to protect grain sorghum producers

March 24, 2015

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Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith announced approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the use of sulfoxaflor (CAS Reg. No. 946578-00-3) on grain sorghum in Mississippi. This specific exemption will aid in controlling the sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari), which is a destructive pest that can cause damage to the […]

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Cumberland County North Carolina votes 4-3 to offer Sanderson Farms incentives

February 18, 2015

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Associated Press / Fayetteville Observer CUMBERLAND COUNTY, North Carolina — Cumberland County commissioners voted 4-3 Monday night to offer incentives to Sanderson Farms, a poultry processing giant that once considered Fayetteville for a $95 million plant. The Mississippi-based company could have its pick of the litter if “Project Apple,” an unnamed venture approved Monday night […]

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Farm bill deadlines are approaching

February 10, 2015

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STARKVILLE — Two critical 2014 farm bill deadlines are approaching fast, and Mississippi State University experts encourage producers to take action now. Landowners must update yield history and reallocate base acres by Feb. 27. By March 31, producers must decide between two new programs designed to help manage risk: Agricultural Risk Coverage, known as ARC, […]

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MSU Extension will host new farm bill workshops

February 6, 2015

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STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economists will hold a series of workshops related to the Agricultural Act of 2014 in February. “Farm Bill Summary, Analysis and Decision Aids” will address six topics related to the new farm bill. Workshops will cover the fine points of the legislation and how the state’s crop producers will […]

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Mississippi Farmers Market begins 2015 shopping season

January 28, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Farmers Market will kick off the 2015 shopping season this Saturday, Jan. 31, with a selection of cold-weather crops. Through the utilization of high tunnels and greenhouses, farmers are able to offer customers a wide variety of crops earlier in the season. Farmers will be selling Mississippi-grown radishes, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, […]

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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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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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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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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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