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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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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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Producers learn how to grow safe, healthy product

February 24, 2014

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With increased scrutiny on food safety, a recent event looked to give local growers the latest and greatest in the safe handling of their product from planting to harvest. More than 20 fruit and vegetable growers gathered at Mississippi State University recently for an all-day workshop about food safety and best practices. Instructors from the […]

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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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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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