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Bulls added to horse auction due to artificial insemination demand

PRAIRIE — Buyers shopping the Mississippi State University horse auction may be surprised to see bulls in the online photo lineup this fall. This is the second year for horses in the annual Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s production sale to be auctioned online with eBay-style bidding. All the animals are available for viewing at www.auction.msucares.com. The bulls pictured ...

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Researcher: Wild hogs not a mere nuisance

By: Marina Denny, Ed.D. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States. Brought to the Americas by early Spanish explorers as a livestock animal and later transported by hunting enthusiasts, wild hogs have spread rapidly throughout the Southeast. One reason wild hogs are ...

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Study: Global warming worsening watery dead zones

WASHINGTON — Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes ...

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State officials expect less wheat acreage to be planted

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Excellent summer crop harvests in recent years is partly responsible for a significant decrease in the amount of wheat being planted in the state this fall. Official estimates are not yet available, but Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said he expects state farmers to plant less than 150,000 acres of ...

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Corps' closing of river could impact grain exports

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Closing the Mississippi River to reinforce part of the bank at the height of a record harvest season could do serious damage to grain exports, says the Waterways Council Inc., a trade group for barge shipping. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis and Greenville during the day to reinforce a washed-out ...

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Catfish Institute launches new smartphone app

JACKSON — The Catfish Institute has launched a new smartphone app that allows catfish lovers to explore recipes, watch cooking videos and learn more about the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry. The app is free. It can be found by searching “U.S. catfish” in either the Apple App Store or on Google Play for Android devices.

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Smaller harvest means higher prices for pecans this holiday season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love holiday recipes with pecans, but an off year may make the nuts more expensive and harder to find. Eric Stafne, associate Extension and research professor at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, said the state’s pecan crop is forecast at 1 million pounds. The state produced 5 million pounds last year, and ...

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NRCS accepting applications from ag producers for EQUIP

JACKSON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve other environmental benefits. NRCS has directed millions of dollars in financial assistance for Fiscal Year 2015 to help Mississippi producers implement ...

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Mississippi laws afford grain producers at least some protection

» Arkansas to consider legislation after Turner Grain bankruptcy leaves farmers unpaid   Unlike Arkansas, Mississippi’s laws provide a measure of protection to farmers who sell their crops through brokers who become financially unstable. Registration and bond requirements apply to both grain brokers and warehouse owners, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Thirty-five states require licensing and ...

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Researchers: Trapping, not hunting, best way to control wild hogs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Many Mississippians enjoy the sport of hunting wild pigs, but trapping is a better way to control the rapidly growing population that is destroying forests, damaging agricultural resources and threatening native wildlife in the state. “Population studies by scientists show that hunting only removes about 25 percent of the population on average,” said Bill Hamrick, a wildlife ...

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