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Garden soon to be 'greenest' on Ole Miss campus

OXFORD — The Maynard W. Quimby Medicinal Plant Garden at the University of Mississippi will soon be the “greenest” facility on campus. Operated by the School of Pharmacy for more than 40 years, the garden is being relocated from the Coy Waller Laboratory Complex on Hathorn Road to a new site on Intramural Road. When complete, the new six-acre site ...

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CF Industries settles in alleged Clean Air violations case

DEERFIELD, Ill. — CF Industries Holdings Inc. has reached a global settlement on the terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality involving compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA). The settlement resolves a complaint relevant to potential emissions standards ...

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Senators want pesticides regulation overturned

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has announced his support for prompt Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee consideration of House-passed legislation to overturn a new level of regulatory burdens on the use of pesticides. Cochran and all Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have signed a letter to chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) that asks her to bring up ...

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Lawmakers protest Taiwan's ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration began rejecting shipments of U.S. ...

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Cochran pushing for ag tax provision extension

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would permanently extend a federal tax provision that allows farmers and ranchers to benefit from voluntarily placing property into conservation easements. Cochran is co-sponsoring the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act (S.339) to make permanent the provision allowing maximum tax deductions for charitable contributions of conservation easements. The existing benefit ...

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Tractors running; corn first in the ground

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers are ready to begin the 2011 growing season, and the first fields being prepared are corn fields. Erick Larson, small grains specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said growers were approaching the halfway point in planting this year’s corn crop by the end of March. They should complete planting by the end of April. “The ...

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Levee board loses Yazoo Pump decision, may appeal

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board that wants to move forward with a $220-million flood control project has lost a bid in federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 veto of the project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the EPA in Aug. 2009 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Court records show U.S. District Judge ...

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Wheat fields looking good despite snow geese

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A drier-than-normal winter has put this year’s winter wheat crop in good shape as it heads into the heavy growth stages of spring. Erick Larson, grain agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the state has about 300,000 acres of wheat. This figure is up from the meager 125,000 acres harvested in 2010, but down ...

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Cal-Maine sees increase in sales, but income up and down

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reports net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 of $274.7 million, compared with net sales of $271.2 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2010. The egg company reported net income of $33.6 million, or $1.41 per basic share, for the third quarter, compared with net income of $34.5 million, or $1.45 per ...

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Phosphate Holdings impacted by floods in Morocco

MADISON — Phosphate Holdings Inc. reports fourth quarter 2010 income of $900,000, or $0.10 per share of common stock, compared to losses of $2.8 million, or $0.36 per share of common stock, for the same period in 2009. Net income for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010, was $1.1 million, or $0.13 per share of common stock, as compared to losses of ...

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