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Managing wild hog nusiance is workshop topic

GRENADA — The Grenada County Extension Office will hold a wild-hog management workshop on Feb. 9 for landowners, hunters and timber professionals across the state. The “Wild Hog Damage Management Workshop” is from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grenada County Extension Office. Topics include basic wildlife damage management; wild hog history, biology and ecology; feral swine diseases, parasites ...

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Mississippi projects part of nearly $1 billion public-private conservation partnerships

Mississippi, the 49 other states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding for 115 high-impact conservation projects as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. In turn, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million in partner contributions to improve the nation’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the environment, the U.S. Department of ...

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in each district. The Atlanta District, ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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UNFOLDING OF A RESCUE — How Sanderson Farms saved Mississippi's PGA tour event

Years from now Mississippi golf fans will tell of how chicken — or, more specifically, a chicken empire — saved the state’s spot on the Professional Golf Association tour. The rescue required convincing Joe Sanderson Jr. and the board of his publicly traded company that chicken and the sponsor-less True South Classic belonged together under the new tournament name of ...

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Mississippi poultry industry's hub system behind today's success

To understand how Mississippi’s poultry industry has advanced to become the state’s top agricultural money maker, think of the hub system the airlines use, says Mark Leggett, Mississippi Poultry Association president. Developed during the 1960s and ’70s, the hub system, or what the industry calls vertical integration, ended segmentation of the industry and ensured a way to meet consumer demand ...

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MBJ Business Person of the Year: Joe Sanderson Jr.

You can come at the chicken business a few different ways. You can get to a point you’re happy with and stay there, you can wait for opportunities to arise, or you can create them the way Joe Sanderson Jr. does. The CEO of Mississippi’s largest public company prefers to run at full throttle, having doubled the Laurel-based company’s poultry ...

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State agriculture values set to top $7B for third year

Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, is over $7.7 billion. “The ...

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reports second quarter fiscal 2015 results

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) today announced results for the second quarter and six months ended November 29, 2014. Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 were $378.6 million, a 6.9 percent increase compared with net sales of $354.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014. The Company reported net income of $36.6 million, or $0.76 per basic ...

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Citizen scientists help local wildlife and communities

Funding and manpower are the most common limiting factors in conducting research. These factors are especially limiting for wildlife and fisheries research projects, which cover vast geographic areas, involve secretive animals and generate large quantities of information. To combat these challenges, scientists have reached out to everyday citizens interested in science, the natural world and giving back to their communities. ...

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