Tag Archives: Agriculture

Hay fever

October 7, 2011

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The drought in Texas has left pastures brown and cattlemen and horse owners in a hay-buying frenzy to feed their hungry animals. Now, local horse owners are worried that there will not be enough hay to get through the upcoming winter. Stephanie Billingsley of Mississippihorses.org said, “We are afraid that by mid-winter our regular hay […]

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Public land in Delta impacted by river flood

September 16, 2011

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Every year, hunters flock to the Delta to take advantage of some of the best public hunting land in the state offered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks’ wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Theodore Roosevelt National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This year, however, hunters are wondering if […]

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Agriculture Commissioner Candidates Debate

September 13, 2011

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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Joel Gill give their civil but candid pitches for the post of Mississippi agriculture commissioner.

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Beetlemania

August 26, 2011

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The hot, dry weather has the state’s reeling timber industry in a catch-22 situation. The drought has left Mississippi’s pine trees stressed and vulnerable to attack from pine bark beetles, including the highly destructive Southern pine beetle. The best defense against the pests is to thin tree stands. However, landowners are hesitant to thin their […]

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Environmentalists oppose planting of gentically engineered crops

August 19, 2011

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Opponents of genetically engineered (GE) crops maintain that human consumption of these products poses a risk to public health. Now, three environmental groups have brought a lawsuit against the federal government contending that genetically modified crops are not fit for even wildlife to consume and do harm to habitat. But while the two sides argue […]

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Contaminated money

July 22, 2011

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Mississippi rice farmers can start lining up for money from a recent $750-million, multi-state settlement with Bayer CropScience involving the accidental release of genetically modified rice in the U.S. food chain that negatively impacted sales to foreign markets. But while the settlement is welcome relief, some rice producers are expressing regret that the case ever […]

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Are we losing the ‘Weed War?’

July 8, 2011

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By Wally Northway The state has just lost an important weapon in its all-out war against cogongrass, which poses a threat to the economy, environment and even public safety. The loss of a federal assistance program could not have come at a worse time, and now some experts believe the non-native, invasive weed is winning […]

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‘Paying for the privilege to milk’

June 26, 2011

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Reeling dairy industry faces more challenges South Mississippi’s dairy farmers are seeing the best milk prices in the history of the industry, but even that might not be enough to stop the steady, massive decline in dairy operations seen in the state. “It is as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Alan “Pud” Stringer, […]

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Ag Man, Part 3

April 26, 2011

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Outgoing agriculture commissioner Lester Spell on who should replace him and his favorite Kirk Fordice story.

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