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Analysis: Cal-Maine ranks at top of public firms in state

By JACK WEATHERLY  Cal-Maine Foods is the top-ranking public company based in Mississippi, according to an analysis by SmartAsset.com The nation’s largest producer of in-shell eggs registered a 19.82 percent average annual return from 2010 through March 31 of this year, SmartAsset reported. It’s return was actually not as high as Callon Petroleum’s 33.07 percent, but its stock performance index ...

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MSU completes upgrades to cheese production facility

STARKVILLE — Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University mean fewer balls of Edam and other cheese products will be available for 2015. “We lost three months of production this past spring” during the shutdown for renovations, said Troy Weaver, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station sales store manager. “We will produce significantly less ...

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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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North Mississippi watermelon crop running behind

TUPELO — With the July Fourth holiday right around the corner, many people will be looking for watermelons for family cookouts and get-togethers. Northeast Mississippi watermelon growers have had a tough time getting their crops to consumers. There are watermelons in stores, but if they’re Mississippi grown they’re likely from the Gulf Coast region. Farmers tell WCBI TV the unusually ...

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Sanderson to hold investor conference

MBJ staff Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. announced that management will host an investor conference  Oct. 15-16  at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The investor presentation and question-and-answer session will be led by Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, with additional comments from industry experts and the company’s management team. The presentation will begin at approximately 8 ...

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Delta faces down a threat to water sustainability

Mississippi would never be mistaken for California, but there is at least one thing they share. Each lays claim as among the most fertile and productive growing regions in the world. California’s Central Valley is about 450 miles long and 60 miles wide at the most. It looks like a large cucumber. Mississippi’s Delta, 200 miles long and 70 miles ...

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UPDATE: Spike in Mississippi egg prices will come, experts say

If the price of eggs at your favorite grocery in Mississippi hasn’t taken a big jump, just wait. The Mississippi poultry industry has thus far escaped the outbreak of avian flu that has devastated flocks in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Forty-seven million birds have been destroyed because of the virus, with Iowa leading the way ...

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Mississippi blueberries going global

South Mississippi blueberries are going global. Members of the Miss-Lou Blueberry Co-op, which includes farms from Poplarville, Purvis and Lumberton, have for the first time exported their produce to India and the United Arab Emirates. All told, members shipped 9,000 pounds of what those in the industry call “blues.” Luis Monterde oversaw the selection and packing of the blues from ...

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State’s milk production trends up as dairy numbers decline

DECATUR, Miss. — Max Anderson has set an auction date. Soon, he will sell all of his 150-cow dairy herd. Anderson will then mark the end of 38 years in the dairy business after taking over his family’s Newton County farm. After a widespread dairy economic crisis in 2009 that put him and many of his peers in debt, he ...

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Julie White in ag leadership class

Julie White of Starkville, an Extension Agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, has been selected to participate in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Partners in Agricultural Leadership class.  This two-year program is designed to enhance leadership skills and agricultural advocacy roles. White qualified to apply by being a National Top 10 Finalist in the AFBF Young Farmers and ...

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