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Grain scandal takes its toll on Delta farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Harper Ross will not be planting this year for the first time in 24 years, he says, because of the losses he suffered at the hands of an Arkansas-based grain dealer. Ross sold off most of his 6,000 acres in Leland after he and five other Mississippi farmers lost $1.8 million on corn they sold last year ...

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Yes, this little critter can … BEAT YOUR ASH

By LYNN LOFTON It’s very clear that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is not welcome in Mississippi even though it has made its way to surrounding states. The Mississippi Forestry Commission is leading the fight to keep this non-native invasive pest out of the Magnolia State. Originally found in Asia and parts of Russia, the tiny insect arrived in America ...

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Fed's Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from the various districts. The new ...

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National beef symposium heads to Biloxi in 2015

BILOXI — A national organization dedicated to improving the beef industry will hold its annual meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June and bring together cattle producers from across the world. The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Convention, themed “Rebuilding a Cowherd,” will take place June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi. The annual conference allows participants ...

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Tight margins on crops force hard choices for Mississippi farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Last year, Mississippi farmers had a bumper harvest, but that was not necessarily a cause for celebration. Production is one thing, price is another. Because of a pattern of high productivity in the past couple of years, the market has reacted with lower prices, according to John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist at Mississippi State University. Farmers are ...

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Cal-Maine presentation set for UBS conference

Jackson-based Cal-Maine Foods Inc. will participate in the UBS Global Consumer Conference March 4-5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, the company said in a release on Wednesday. The investor presentation by Dolph Baker, chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer, will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. Central Time  on March 4 ...

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Cumberland County North Carolina votes 4-3 to offer Sanderson Farms incentives

Associated Press / Fayetteville Observer CUMBERLAND COUNTY, North Carolina — Cumberland County commissioners voted 4-3 Monday night to offer incentives to Sanderson Farms, a poultry processing giant that once considered Fayetteville for a $95 million plant. The Mississippi-based company could have its pick of the litter if “Project Apple,” an unnamed venture approved Monday night by officials in St. Pauls ...

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Cumberland to vote on incentives for Sanderson Farms plant

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is voting on an incentives package for a $95 million chicken processing plant, but they may be too late. The Fayetteville Observer reports commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday night on whether to approve $2.5 million in incentives for a Sanderson Farms’ plant. But officials in Robeson County and St. Pauls ...

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Farm bill deadlines are approaching

STARKVILLE — Two critical 2014 farm bill deadlines are approaching fast, and Mississippi State University experts encourage producers to take action now. Landowners must update yield history and reallocate base acres by Feb. 27. By March 31, producers must decide between two new programs designed to help manage risk: Agricultural Risk Coverage, known as ARC, and Price Loss Coverage, known ...

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MSU Extension will host new farm bill workshops

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economists will hold a series of workshops related to the Agricultural Act of 2014 in February. “Farm Bill Summary, Analysis and Decision Aids” will address six topics related to the new farm bill. Workshops will cover the fine points of the legislation and how the state’s crop producers will be affected. Topics include agricultural ...

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