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Drought threatens planting of Mississippi’s wheat crop

By JACK WEATHERLY Farmers have been waiting out the drought to plant their wheat. And if there is not substantial rain in the next month, there’s a good chance there won’t be a crop this year. That’s according to Dr. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist at Mississippi State University. “If we don’t get the moisture … we can’t grow the ...

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AGRIBUSINESS — Soybean crop battled stink bugs and disease

A game-changing insect caused significant problems in many Mississippi soybean acres, but good management allowed growers to finish the year with an average crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that by Oct. 23, Mississippi farmers were 92 percent finished harvesting the state’s soybean crop, which covered about 2.03 million acres this year. Insect and disease pressures made the effort ...

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Deep South drought kills crops, threatens herds, dries lakes

Six months into a deepening drought, the weather is killing crops, threatening cattle and sinking lakes to their lowest levels in years across much of the South. The very worst conditions — what forecasters call “exceptional drought” — are in the mountains of northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, a region known for its thick green forests, waterfalls and red clay ...

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Cuba opportunities, pitfalls dominate MDA trade summit

By JACK WEATHERLY The Republic of Cuba was depicted as a land of opportunity for Mississippi businesses, though with a heightened sense of risk. About 150 people attended the “Doing Business in Cuba Summit” on Thursday at the South Warehouse in Jackson. Speakers at the Mississippi Development Authority event told of a country struggling to emerge from more than a half-century ...

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Cattle prices falter despite good news

News that China is lifting a 13-year import ban on U.S. beef is not helping prices as much as some cattlemen would have hoped. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the news has not resulted in any long-term impact on cattle markets. “China was already importing beef from the U.S., primarily on the black ...

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Revolution, resolutions: addressing the Cuban situation

By JACK WEATHERLY  Several measures have been submitted to Congress in the past year that would restore trade with Cuba after 55 years of embargo after Fidel Castro led a communist overthrow of the government. Whichever, if any, that eventually becomes law would have an effect on the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Development Authority has set an Oct. 20 seminar ...

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USDA describes $328M oil spill restoration plan for Gulf

CARRIERE, Miss. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s focusing conservation programs along the Gulf of Mexico in a $328 million plan to help recovery from the 2010 oil spill. Undersecretary Robert Bonnie says the agency will use that focus through 2018 as it helps coastal producers plan improvements to improve water quality and improve coastal ecosystems under several ...

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Looking south for trade with Cuba

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is joining the hunt for “gold” in Cuba as the United States appears to be moving toward resumption of trade with the island nation 90 miles off the tip of Florida after a 55-year embargo. The nation of 11 million in so many ways is frozen in time, typified by 1950s autos that have been recycled ...

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Bayer signs deal to acquire Monsanto for $66 billion

German drug and farm chemical company Bayer AG says it has signed a deal to acquire seed and weed-killer company Monsanto for $66 billion in cash. Bayer says it is paying Monsanto shareholders $128 per share, which represents a 44 percent premium over Monsanto’s closing price on May 9, the day before a proposed deal was announced. The deal is ...

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Mississippi agriculture chief on Trump advisory committee

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith is serving on an agriculture advisory committee for Republic presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Daily Leader reports that the 64-member committee includes chairmen of the U.S House and Senate agriculture committees, former U.S. secretaries of agriculture, current and former governors and business executives. Hyde-Smith raises beef cattle near Brookhaven. She was elected to the state ...

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