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Pearl ordering rental properties to retrofit with sprinklers, build storm shelters

Owners of Pearl’s multi-family rental complexes and mobile home parks have joined to fight a city mandate requiring rental property owners to install interior sprinklers in each rental unit and build storm shelters to accommodate each resident. Representatives of the owners say they face millions of dollars in retrofitting costs and displacement of tenants to meet the sprinkler mandate. Equally ...

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MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Stoneville. “If ...

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USDA awards more than $1M in grants to aid socially disadvantaged farmers

DURANT and STONEVILLE — Two Mississippi-based conservation projects have been singled out for more than $1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding, including a project to help socially disadvantaged farmers adopt soil and water conservation technologies. As authorized in the 2014 Farm bill, the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are provided on a competitive basis to encourage the development ...

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TAKING OFF — Delta Group finds ready market for drones

Though its roots go all the way back to the 1920s, Delta Group has shown that it is not afraid to embrace new technology. As example, the company that is best known as a farm equipment dealer began offering precision agriculture products when the high-tech devices first arrived on the market in the 1980s. Now, Delta Group is at it ...

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Hay to be in short supply due to weather, insect predation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — High demand for hay last winter, a wet spring and heavy insect pressure have all challenged the state’s pastureland, which means hay may be scarce this winter. Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said these factors pushed the state’s hay inventories 20 percent lower than the three-year average. “The state had about ...

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Grain buyer’s bankruptcy could take steep toll on Delta farmers

» Defaults on contracts and non-payment on grain already delivered are main worries The chapter 12 bankruptcy of a principal of Arkansas’ Turner Grain Co. and accompanying grain contract defaults could cost farmers in the Mississippi Delta “paper” losses of up to $70 million, according to a Greenville lawyer for several grain producers. Separate from the paper losses is the ...

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Once the bane of only Southerners, kudzu is migrating north and west

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a warning — kudzu, sometimes referred to as the “Vine That Ate the South,” is on the move. Kudzu, which has been a problem in the South for decades is spreading west and north, even as far as Canada, the USDA reports. Dr. Lewis Ziska of the USDA Agricultural Research Service said, “It’s ...

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MBJ's Mississippi Marketplace begins Friday as it celebrates 31st year with new name

The MBJ Business Marketplace gets under way today at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson with a new name and new features. EVENT TICKET (Download, fill out and get FREE admission to the MBJ Business Marketplace) Formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO, the revamped and renamed Marketplace still is the largest business-to-business gathering in the state.  ...

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Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of ...

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