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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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Stonnington Farm creates fertile ground for grassfed beef in South Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE PERKINSTON — When Dr. Michael Stonnington first meets people and talks about his 378-acre grassfed beef operation, he doesn’t usually tell them that in addition to being a grassfed cattle farmer, he is an orthopedic surgeon. That is because people tend to think doctors have farms as a tax write off. Nothing could be farther from the truth for ...

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Lull in spring rains helps corn planting

Fall preparation paid off for many Mississippi corn producers who were able to take advantage of a gap in spring rains to plant much of their crop early. Erick Larson, corn specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said warm weather and a break in typical spring rains has allowed farmers to make considerable corn planting progress this spring. ...

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Cal-Maine still struggling against market effects of 2015 flu outbreak

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that net sales for the quarter ending Feb. 25 were $306.5 million – a 31.8 percent decrease compared with $449.8 million for the year-earlier period. That in part is because of the lingering market effects of the outbreak of avian influenza in 2015, which hurt U.S. exports of eggs, including those ...

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Wheat survives fall drought, but faces spring freeze and bleak market

By LINDA BREAZEALE Despite almost everything working against this year’s winter wheat, benefits remain on the fields growers managed to plant after last fall’s drought. Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the 2016-17 season makes four consecutive years of reduced wheat acres. “The state’s farmers planted about 60,000 acres of wheat late last ...

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Avian flu confirmed in Alabama near Mississippi line

By Jack Weatherly Avian flu has been confirmed in two commercial poultry flocks in Pickens County, Ala., near the Mississippi line, a week after three commercial breeders had to kill more than 70,000 chickens in Lincoln County, Tenn., near the border with Alabama. The Alabama state veterinarian announced that the Pickens County birds are under quarantine after testing positive for ...

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Sanderson plans to build Texas facilities with 1,700 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. plans to build a $200 million processing plant, feed mill and hatchery in Smith and Wood counties, Texas. At full capacity, the facilities would employ 1,700 and process 1.25 million birds per week, the Laurel-based company said in a news release on Thursday. Additionally, contract growers are expected to invest $135 million. Operations are expected ...

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Falconer earns award

Dr. Lawrence Falconer has been presented the Southern Agricultural Economics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the association’s highest award for significant and enduring contributions to the Agricultural Economics Profession. Falconer is an Extension Professor for the Mississippi State University Extension Service and a member of the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics. Falconer has been at the Delta Research and ...

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Issues are on the table for this year’s Delta Council meeting in May

By NASH NUNNERY Author David Cohn once wrote that “the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” If Cohn’s description is indeed true, then the Delta Council might be considered the storied region’s heartbeat. Based in Washington County, Delta Council is the area’s foremost economic development group representing 18 northwest ...

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