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Scientists develop new wood-based products

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists have found a new way to turn wood into highly absorbent charcoal and automobile parts. While wood has been used to manufacture charcoal since the early 1600s, the new technique can create charcoal and other carbon-based products with a higher absorption capacity. Charcoal has been used widely to treat water and clean up chemicals, ...

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Researchers: Grow oysters in suspended bags

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU and Auburn University researchers say a new approach to growing oysters – in mesh bags strung between posts – could boost harvests and create jobs. The “long-line system” is used to grow oysters commercially in Australia and now it is being used at the Fisheries Research Laboratory in Grand Isle. John Supan, an oyster expert ...

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US sweet potato farmers look to European market

RALEIGH, N.C. — With U.S. consumption growing slowly, farmers have found a market for the vitamin-packed, cholesterol-free sweet potato on the tables of health-conscious Europeans. Between 2005 and 2009, the value of U.S. sweet potato exports more than doubled to $51.4 million, with much of that growth coming from Europe, especially Great Britain. The value of exports to the United ...

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US Senate: Food safety bill to exempt small farms

WASHINGTON — Some small farms would be exempt from government efforts to prevent foodborne illness under a Senate agreement on food safety legislation announced Thursday. The food safety bill now pending in the Senate would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority to recall tainted products, increase inspections of food processors and require producers to follow stricter standards for ...

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Catfish industry touting 'Today Show' investigation

WASHINGTON — The catfish industry is pointing to a recent airing of NBC’s “Today Show” as more proof the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s inspection system for imported seafood is weak. Many Americans are eating foreign catfish and other seafood tainted with chemicals that could cause cancer, birth defects and other serious health problems, according to an investigation aired Nov. ...

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Row crops in, but weather still a factor

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Nov. 14. That might have been more time than farmers needed as the row crop harvest is complete, AgFax.com reports. Most areas across the state received rainfall toward the end of the week. However, more rain is ...

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New soybean production website launched

JACKSON — The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) announced the launch of a new soybean production resource for the state’s soybean farmers at www.mssoy.org. The new website compiles and centralizes soybean research, reports and resources valuable to Mississippi soybean farmers. “If a soybean farmer is looking for specific information about growing and managing soybeans in Mississippi, they can now visit ...

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Georgia-Pacific adopts environment-friendly policy

ATLANTA — The nation’s largest manufacturer of plywood, Georgia-Pacific LLC, will not buy timber from environmentally sensitive areas and will discourage landowners from clearing hardwood forests under a new policy, it said yesterday. Georgia-Pacific, which makes wood and fiber products, announced the plan with three environmental groups. Activists said the company’s new policy goes a step beyond conservation policies set ...

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Agri-tainment

It’s not new, but it’s saving the farm for owners after a disastrous 2009 There is a segment of the Mississippi farming community that is suffering from severe drought, and they couldn’t be happier. Last year, farms that offer “agri-entertainment” — off-season, non-farm revenue-generators such as hayrides, farm demonstrations and petting zoos — took a double hit from drought followed ...

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Peanut farmers expecting increased demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Demand for Mississippi peanuts could be up because of season-long production problems in Georgia and Alabama. “Peanut crops in the central areas of Georgia and Alabama are hurting,” said Malcolm Broome, executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association. “If our farmers can get the crop out, they may see some price improvement because of the anticipated ...

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