Tag Archives: U.S. Department of 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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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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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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USDA grant aimed at improving health of Delta clinic

October 11, 2013

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One of the most pressing needs in the Mississippi Delta is adequate health care, and a recent federal grant will hopefully help a facility in Leland better serve the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) for renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic. Alliance CEO […]

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U.S. catfish producers charge FDA letting in tainted foreign fish

September 26, 2013

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INDIANOLA, Mississippi — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) claims inadequate inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed Asian fish with high levels of formaldehyde into the country. “The FDA is failing miserably when it comes to protecting consumers from the dangers of imported seafood and catfish,” said Ben Pentecost, Mississippi catfish farmer […]

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Ag Department offering farmers help with safe produce certification

April 23, 2013

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Mississippi vegetable and fruit growers who want to reap the benefits of the nation’s growing appetite for fresh produce need to show they use safe and sanitary harvesting and crop handling practices. The industry standard is U.S. Department of Agriculture certification through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits. The testing certifies […]

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Stable corn prices, lower production seen as poultry’s best hope for rebound

May 4, 2012

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Poultry — Mississippi’s top agricultural commodity – is weathering economic storms by responding quickly to shifts in demand, and economists at Mississippi State University predict 2012 will be a year of recovery. Whether it sees the expected rebound could hinge on corn prices keeping steady and production levels remaining stable, poultry officials say. In 2011, […]

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Alcorn inaugurates embryo transfer breeding effort with bull sales

January 29, 2012

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Alcorn State University’s sale last week of nine bulls produced from embryo transfers marked the start of a program that will provide a handful of high-quality cattle for sale annually for years to come. “This is the first sale we’ve had from any of the bulls coming from our embryo transfer service,” said Melissa Mason, […]

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