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Mississippi timber site removed from EPA Superfund list

A Mississippi timber site the U.S. Environmental Protection Service targeted for cleanup nearly two decades ago has been removed from the agency’s Superfund list. The Hattiesburg American reports Davis Timber Co. in Lamar County was targeted for cleanup because of groundwater, soil and sediment contamination by the facility. The 30-acre site was just one of 18 sites deleted Wednesday from ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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Early results from Delta water conservation project said positive

By JACK WEATHERLY Preliminary results from a water conservation experiment in the Mississippi Delta are encouraging, according to partners in the field trial. A collaboration by PrecisionKing, C Spire and the JF Phillips Farm shows water usage already has been reduced by up to 53 percent for corn fields and from 50 to 65 percent for soybean plots since the ...

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Mississippi’s commercial red drum season opens Saturday

The commercial fishing season for Red Drum will open at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say in a release that the annual total allowable catch for commercial Red Drum is 60,000 pounds (27,215 kilograms). If the quota is reached before Dec. 31, the season will be closed until Jan. 1, 2019.

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Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens Friday

Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens at noon Friday for 10 days. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says a total of 930 permits in seven hunting zones statewide were offered in two random drawings in mid-June. There were over 4,000 applicants. The department’s alligator program coordinator, Ricky Flynt, says he’s expecting high participation among hunters during the season, ...

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Farmers to get aid on Chinese tariff impact

By JACK WEATHERLY Willard Jacks, Mississippi representative on the American Soybean Association board, said in June regarding the looming Chinese tariff that “we’ve got a couple of months to get this resolved.” While the two countries have not resolved the issue, the United States has come up with a stopgap measure. That was announced Monday, about two months later. U.S. ...

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Australian firm to invest $20 million in Greenville plant, create 68 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Crop protection company Nufarm Limited has purchased a 104,000-square-foot plant from the city of Greenville as part of a $20 million investment that will create 68 jobs over the next four years. Headquartered in Australia, Nufarm is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of herrbicides and pesticides and specialtyseeds. The company will be located in the former ...

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Mississippi trims zone aimed to stop spread of deer disease

Mississippi officials are setting new rules about feeding wildlife and hog trapping in an effort to control a debilitating deer disease. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted last week to ban feeding and require permits for hog trapping in Warren County, as well as most of Issaquena and Sharkey counties. No deer carcasses can be transported outside ...

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Black soybean farmers claim they were sold faulty seeds

Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds. But as the plants began to grow, Hall, Grayer and other black farmers who bought certified seeds from Stine Seed ...

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