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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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Southern AgCredit welcomes new staff members

Southern AgCredit, a cooperative lender that specializes in financing rural land and agricultural operations in Mississippi and Louisiana, recently added two employees. Kirby Keith joins Southern AgCredit in the position of credit analyst in the co-op’s Ridgeland administrative office. A native of Decatur, Keith now resides in Madison, with his wife, Stephanie. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi GOP candidates quiet on Trump tariffs and bailout

Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi’s economy and soybeans are a major export.   The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting U.S. exports, including soybeans.    “Tariffs are the greatest,” Trump recently tweeted. But when farmers and farm state politicians started complaining, Trump suddenly came up with a scheme to provide a ...

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State acquires 18,000 acres in south Mississippi Delta

Nearly 18,000 acres (7,000 hectares) in Mississippi’s Delta region have been acquired by the state in the largest piece of land it has bought in 40 years. The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday the sale of the Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena and Warren counties was announced last week. It’s expected to open in 2019. The area offers some of Mississippi’s ...

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Agriculture a vital cog in the economy of Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi is a very rural state with some of the best farmland in the world. “We live in a country where only about two percent of our population is involved in farming, and it is so often forgotten that these farms, most of which are family operated, touch the lives of every person by providing safe, affordable ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Could tariffs, special election cause November surprises?

No surprises in the run-off elections last week with Michael Guest easily defeating Whit Hughes in the 3rd District Republican Primary run-off and David Baria coming back to defeat upstart Howard Sherman handily in the Senate Democratic Primary run-off.    Unless there are some surprises, Guest should cruise to victory and Baria should fall short in majority Republican Mississippi in November. ...

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UPDATE: Soybean prices fall as Chinese tariff approaches

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi farmers are waiting to see how the futures market plays out as China’s threat to place a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans on July 6 approaches. It appears to be like watching a pickup plunge off a bridge in slow motion for the farmers. Since May 25, a contract for November delivery of soybeans is ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Other states’ Republican leaders stand up to Trump tariffs

Trump tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are no big deal for Mississippi say key Republican leaders. “Everything will work out,” is their mantra.   Meanwhile, Trump tariffs kicked in June 1st on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. Mexico imposed retaliatory tariffs on June 5th, Canada will on July 1st, and the EU will later ...

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MSU’s Coble elected to AAEA leadership

Keith Coble from Mississippi State University has been named the incoming President-Elect for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) Executive Board. Coble says: “We have both challenges and opportunities ahead of us. By working together [with the other board members], we can advance AAEA.” Joining the Board of the Directors this year are Marc Bellemare from the University of ...

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