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Farmers looking for repeat of last year's success

Coming off of a solid year in 2013, Mississippi farmers are planning their planting around market potential. “Prices are driving growers’ planting decisions,” said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Mississippi corn is trading about $2.50 per bushel lower than a year ago, while Mississippi soybean prices are slightly higher than a year ago.” ...

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Cochran pushing USDA for Critical Conservation Area

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has suggested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture consider designating the Lower Mississippi River Valley as one of the Critical Conservation Areas established in the 2014 farm bill to more efficiently promote soil, water and habitat conservation programs on a regional level. Cochran, the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, said ...

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Extension: Supplemental wildlife feed can harm animals

Offering feed to wildlife is a trend gaining traction in newspaper outdoor columns, outdoor magazines, catalogs, ads and campfire discussions, but the practice can be harmful to wildlife. Manufacturers of such feeds encourage landowners and managers to offer supplemental feeding for a variety of game wildlife species. Simply stated, supplemental feeding is the practice of making foods other than natural ...

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Cold weather protects wheat crop from freezing?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year’s cold winter slowed wheat growth, so the late-March freeze across much of Mississippi probably did not cause major damage to the state’s wheat crop. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most wheat across the state had not reached a growth stage where it would have been sensitive to ...

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Cal-Maine sees better sales, net income

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) has released its results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 1, 2014. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 were $395.5 million, compared with net sales of $360.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The company reported net income of $42.9 million, or $1.78 per basic share and $1.77 ...

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Farmer-owned coop pays patronage for 19th year in a row

RIDGELAND — First South Farm Credit member-borrowers will receive approximately $13 million in patronage refund checks in April. Patronage, which is a form of dividend payment, is based on the association’s year-end earnings. Shep Morris, chairman of the First South board of directors, said, “This is the 19th consecutive year we’ve paid a patronage refund. Over that period of time ...

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Sanderson Farms recognized for water conservation

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has been recognized for its water conservation efforts at one of the company’s Texas-based poultry complexes located in Bryan, Texas. The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (BVGCD), which services the groundwater resources of Brazos and Robertson counties, awarded the Laurel-based poultry producer the Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year award for the company’s efforts to ...

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Ag Museum introduces new branding effort

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum has unveiled a new branding strategy, which includes a new logo and updated website as well as promotional materials and design templates for way-finding signage. “The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is made up of many facets from the exhibit gallery to Small Town and rental facilities. This ‘new look’ will help ...

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Poultry company honored for water conservation in Texas

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has been recognized for its water conservation efforts at one of the company’s Texas-based poultry complexes located in Bryan, Texas. The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (BVGCD), which services the groundwater resources of Brazos and Robertson counties, awarded the Laurel-based poultry producer the Industrial Groundwater Conservationist of the Year award for the company’s efforts to ...

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KiOR puts Lowndes Co. plant in idle

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Alternative fuel manufacturer KiOR Inc. is putting its $225 million plant in Lowndes County in “idle” state until it can raise financing for more research and plant improvements. The disclosure came in the company’s end-of-the-year financial filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. KiOR said idling the Columbus facility will “enable us to restart the facility upon ...

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