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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

  By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Mississippi companies await fallout from Trump position on Cuban trade

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of Mississippi companies and investors are interested in doing business in Cuba. President Donald Trump is not so keen on trade with the communist nation – much less, it seems, than his immediate predecessor. The Mississippi Development Authority led a group to Cuba in February. Rose Boxx, director of the MDA’s International Trade Division, told ...

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Krutz to lead Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute

L. Jason Krutz is the new director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute, a statewide water resources institute led by Mississippi State University. Most recently, Krutz served as irrigation specialist at the Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville and as executive director of the H2O Initiative. Krutz conceived and directed the Row-crop Irrigation Science Extension and Research (RISER) ...

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State’s wheat crop forecast is a pleasant surprise

By JACK WEATHERLY Perhaps a fitting culmination to an erratic weather pattern is that Mississippi’s winter wheat yield is expected to rise by double digits. Whether the state would even see a crop at all hinged on a drought that pushed planting to late in 2016. A crop was planted, even though it was smaller than the previous year by ...

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Agriculture secretary speaking to Mississippi business group

The U.S. secretary of agriculture is set to appear at a business gathering in Mississippi. Secretary Sonny Perdue is the main speaker Friday at the 82nd annual meeting of the Delta Council, an economic development group. The meeting is on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. About 1,500 people are expected to attend. The annual meeting typically ...

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Mississippi River mayors: Paris pullout hurts US ag exports

Mayors along the Mississippi River say President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a worldwide climate agreement could severely damage U.S. agricultural exports. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says in a news release Friday that nations remaining in the Paris agreement will impose carbon pricing through taxes or trading systems, without any say from the United States. The group ...

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Sanderson income and sales up for quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 at $66.9 million, or $2.94 a share, compared with $47.6 milllion, or $2.11 a share a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter were $802 million, compared with $692.1 million for the second quarter of the last fiscal year. Stable feed prices contributed to ...

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Forestry Commission cuts 75 jobs due to budget reduction

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Forestry Commission will eliminate 75 positions July 1 – two-thirds of which are firefighting jobs – due to a $2.67 million, or 16 percent, cut in its budget. The reduction is because of the state’s drop in revenue, which has forced government cuts across the board. State Forester Charlie Morgan said in a release that “preserving ...

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Soybeans: Mississippi planting early, US could set record

A warm winter and spring have let Mississippi farmers get soybeans into the ground early, and they expect to exceed last year’s planting. About 69 percent of the crop had been planted by the end of April and 74 percent by May 7, compared to an average of 38 percent and 51 percent by those dates over the past five ...

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Keenum elected to lead Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Board

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Board of Directors has elected Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum to chair the board, effective immediately. Keenum was appointed to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research board in August 2014 by then-Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Outgoing chair Dan Glickman, former Agriculture Secretary and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute ...

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