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Southern pine beetles threaten swaths of timberland

  By JACK WEATHERLY A “severe outbreak” of Southern pine beetles threatens tens of thousands of acres of the trees that are  a major part of the Mississippi economy. U.S. Forest Service entomologist Jim Meeker said in a release that “this outbreak is unprecedented in scope with beetle activity progressing at breakneck speed with infestations rapidly escalating in size, coalescing ...

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Glut forces Cal-Maine into loss for quarter, year

By JACK WEATHERLY Slammed by a market glut, Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday reported a net loss of $24.5 million, or 51 cents per share, for the fourth fiscal quarter ending June 3, compared with a net loss of $376,000, or a penny a share, a year earlier. In the 53-week fiscal year the company had a net loss of $74.3 ...

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Soybeans still the king on the row-crop chess board

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Market conditions and the weather have played their role in the annual shifting of acreage devoted to row crops in Mississippi. Cotton acreage is up 26 percent from 2016. Corn is down 25 percent and rice acreage is down 38 percent. And soybeans are up 10 percent, according to the acreage report from the USDA. But ...

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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint June 22 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

  By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Mississippi companies await fallout from Trump position on Cuban trade

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of Mississippi companies and investors are interested in doing business in Cuba. President Donald Trump is not so keen on trade with the communist nation – much less, it seems, than his immediate predecessor. The Mississippi Development Authority led a group to Cuba in February. Rose Boxx, director of the MDA’s International Trade Division, told ...

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Krutz to lead Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute

L. Jason Krutz is the new director of the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute, a statewide water resources institute led by Mississippi State University. Most recently, Krutz served as irrigation specialist at the Delta Research and Extension Center at Stoneville and as executive director of the H2O Initiative. Krutz conceived and directed the Row-crop Irrigation Science Extension and Research (RISER) ...

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State’s wheat crop forecast is a pleasant surprise

By JACK WEATHERLY Perhaps a fitting culmination to an erratic weather pattern is that Mississippi’s winter wheat yield is expected to rise by double digits. Whether the state would even see a crop at all hinged on a drought that pushed planting to late in 2016. A crop was planted, even though it was smaller than the previous year by ...

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Agriculture secretary speaking to Mississippi business group

The U.S. secretary of agriculture is set to appear at a business gathering in Mississippi. Secretary Sonny Perdue is the main speaker Friday at the 82nd annual meeting of the Delta Council, an economic development group. The meeting is on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. About 1,500 people are expected to attend. The annual meeting typically ...

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Mississippi River mayors: Paris pullout hurts US ag exports

Mayors along the Mississippi River say President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a worldwide climate agreement could severely damage U.S. agricultural exports. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says in a news release Friday that nations remaining in the Paris agreement will impose carbon pricing through taxes or trading systems, without any say from the United States. The group ...

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