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USDA looks to settle more discrimination claims

WASHINGTON — As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations that discrimination occurred at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in past decades, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General Tony West have announced the establishment of a process to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated ...

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EPA approves use of bird repellant by corn growers

JACKSON — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell announced approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of an emergency exemption that will provide protection to corn producers throughout the state from blackbird predation of newly planted corn. Mississippi corn growers throughout the state have suffered million dollar losses in recent years due to heavy blackbird predation. The products receiving ...

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MSU awards kenaf patents to Texas manufacturer

STARKVILLE — Kenaf, a fibrous plant that is similar to bamboo, is the subject of two Mississippi State University patents that have been licensed to a Texas manufacturer. Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. plans to use kenaf to make pressed board. “CBMI is looking to blend kenaf into their board products, to achieve the combination of flexibility, rigidity and durability required ...

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Senators raising dust over proposed EPA regulations

WASHINGTON — The prospect of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moving forward on stricter regulations intended to control dust generated through farming has prompted U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to caution the agency against any dramatic federal action. Cochran and Wicker are among a bipartisan group of 33 senators who recently wrote EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to ...

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Heartland Catfish temporarily laying off workers

ITTA BENA — Heartland Catfish has announced that employees at its plants in Mississippi and Alabama will face temporary layoffs or reduced hours over the next four months. Danny Walker, CEO for Itta Bena-based Heartland, told the Greenwood Commonwealth that the company, like others in the industry, is being squeezed by a shortage of live catfish. The supply will get ...

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Fruit, vegetable growers have new market opportunity

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) have announced a new opportunity for Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers. An informational meeting will be held Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum’s Forestry Building in Jackson for all Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers interested in ...

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MDAC accepting specialty crop grant applications

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2011 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to solely enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research; promotion/marketing; education/training; or, food safety/product handling. ...

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OSHA cites sawmills for multiple violations

SILVER CREEK — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Joe N. Miles & Sons Inc. sawmill in Silver Creek with 19 safety violations. Proposed penalties total $67,800.

 OSHA began its inspection in Oct. 2010 as part of a national emphasis program on combustible dust in the workplace. The citations include one willful violation ...

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MDAC makes arrests, yanks license of exterminators

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Following an investigation by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, two Bolivar County men have been arrested and charged with multiple felony counts each of False Pretenses for pest control fraud. The two men have been identified as Cleveland residents Albert Matthews, 58, and George Matthews, 38. The men are accused of conducting pest control services ...

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Catfish industry enthusiastic about new inspection regulations

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America are applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture for recommending implementation of a law requiring tough new inspections and regulation of all catfish sold in America. “We are extremely pleased that the USDA has recommended stricter regulation of catfish which will mean greater protection for American consumers,” said Joey Lowery, president of the Catfish ...

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