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Lawmakers backing ITC approval of antidumping duties

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), along with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), today praised U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) approval of a five-year extension of antidumping duties that they say have served to protect the U.S. shrimp industry from unfair import practices. Cochran, Wicker and Palazzo were among the lawmakers who earlier this year urged the ...

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Forisk: Southern sawtimber prices should rise

ATHENS, Ga. — Increasing demand for wood raw materials indicates higher pine stumpage prices for forest owners and investors, according to data from Athens, Ga.-based Forisk Consulting. Forisk forecasts sawtimber prices for the South strengthening 4.6 percent into 2012 and 5.5 percent into 2013 as lumber production increases with housing starts. Alternately, pine pulpwood, the lower valued raw material used ...

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Farmers report fields in good shape for planting

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s 3.7 million acres of cropland were in good shape by late winter despite high snow geese numbers in the Delta and heavy March rains, according to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cotton fields were generally in good condition. Much of the state suffered ...

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Board: New soybean research should help farmers plan

CANTON — As planting time approaches, so does decision time for soybean farmers. New research, funded in part by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) and conducted by Mississippi State University (MSU), may make farmers’ decisions easier when it comes to seed treatments. “The research looked at the complete package from location and varieties to maturity groups and planting dates,” ...

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Catfish industry 'stunned' by McCain proposal

WASHNGTON — A proposal by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeal a law making all catfish safer for American consumers ignores numerous findings of banned substances in imported catfish products and favors inadequate food safety requirements, according to Catfish Farmers of America. “It is stunning that Sen. McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese farmers over the health and ...

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Catfish industry disturbed by GAO report

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America says it welcomes streamlining U.S. government regulation of America’s food supply chain, but warns that back-peddling on critical seafood safety inspections and regulations will put consumers at greater risk. In a new report, the Government Accountability Office questions the cost of transferring the regulation of catfish from the Food and Drug Administration to ...

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USDA declares 44 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 44 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due a drought that occurred May 1-Dec. 31, 2010. The counties are: Amite, Hancock, Leflore, Quitman, Benton, Harrison, Lincoln, Sharkey, Bolivar, Hinds, Lowndes, Simpson, Carroll, Holmes, Marshall, Stone, Chickasaw, Issaquena, Monroe, Sunflower, Claiborne, Jefferson, Newton, Tallahatchie, Clay, Jefferson Davis, Noxubee, Tate, ...

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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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