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Cal-Maine: mistreatment of hens an aberration

By JACK WEATHERLY An animal rights group has released an undercover video of what it says are laying hens living in deplorable conditions at a Cal-Maine Foods farm in Lake Wales, Fla, Jackson-based Cal-Maine is the largest producer of shell eggs in the United States. According to Animal Recovery Mission (ARM), hens are overcrowded in cages where they are trampled ...

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Cold weather gives blueberry crop a boost

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The recent spate of subfreezing weather isn’t all bad. Just ask blueberry farmers. An unusually warm winter last year cut into the state’s fruit crops, including blueberries, the state’s largest. But thus far this winter, subfreezing weather bodes well for fruit crops in Mississippi, according to Dr. Eric Thomas Staphne, an associate professor at the Mississippi ...

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Cal-Maine records $26.1 million loss for quarter after settlement

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods suffered a net loss of $26.1 million, or 54 cents per share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2018 in which the Jackson-based egg producer recorded a $52.8 million after-tax antitrust settlement. The settlement stems from a Sept. 25, 2008 consolidated suit case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Excluding ...

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Dr. Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton Named to Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame

The 2017 Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Yvonne Vizzier-Thaxton, is the first female member and completes the first husband and wife team in the Hall of Fame. The Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame was created in 1972 to recognize the contributions of those who built and expanded the poultry industry into Mississippi’s largest agricultural industry. Vizzier-Thaxton, former head ...

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Cal-Maine reports $16 million loss for quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday a net loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, for the first fiscal quarter compared with a net loss of $30.9 million, or 64 cents, for the year-earlier period. Net sales were $262.8 million, compared with $239.8 million for the prior-year period. MarketWatch reported that the FactSet Research Systems Inc. ...

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Sorghum yields shine; acreage and prices sag

By LINDA BREAZEALE / Mississippi State Extension Mississippi’s grain sorghum acreage is at an historic low, and market prices are not much better, but yields should be good. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said when market incentives went away after 2015, so did farmers’ desire to plant grain sorghum, also known as milo. ...

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Sanderson earnings more than double for 3rd quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Higher product prices and lower feed costs in a stable market enabled Sanderson Farms to record net income of $115.8 million, or $5.09 per share, for the third fiscal quarter, compared with $54.7 million, or $2.42 per share, a year earlier. Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive said in its report that retail grocery prices, ...

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Turnout big for forum on redband bug

By JACK WEATHERLY The attendance at a forum last week on the redbanded stink bug in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas soybean crops was commensurate with the scope of the infestation. In other words, big. That’s according to Dr. Fred Musser, professor of entomology at Mississippi State University. There were 130 at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, ...

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Cutting crews sought in effort to stop spread of pine beetles

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday that it is seeking to contract saw crews to fell trees as part of the efforts to control or stop Southern pine beetle infestations that threaten tens of thousands of acres of pine forests in four national forests in Mississippi. Meantime, the Mississippi Forestry Commission said that nearly 250 infestations of ...

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Stink bug poses major threat to soybean crop

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s largest and most valuable row crop, soybeans, is under attack by a pest that can significantly reduce production of the crop. And so an emergency forum on the redbanded stink bug will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Capps Center of the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Data will ...

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