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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

With consumer demand high and input costs down, Mississippi catfish producers are stocking their ponds at high rates this year. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications)

RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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North Mississippi watermelon crop running behind

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TUPELO — With the July Fourth holiday right around the corner, many people will be looking for watermelons for family cookouts and get-togethers. Northeast Mississippi watermelon growers have had a tough time getting their crops to consumers. There are watermelons in stores, but if they’re Mississippi grown they’re likely from the Gulf Coast region. Farmers tell WCBI TV the unusually ...

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Mississippi blueberries going global

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South Mississippi blueberries are going global. Members of the Miss-Lou Blueberry Co-op, which includes farms from Poplarville, Purvis and Lumberton, have for the first time exported their produce to India and the United Arab Emirates. All told, members shipped 9,000 pounds of what those in the industry call “blues.” Luis Monterde oversaw the selection and packing of the blues from ...

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State’s milk production trends up as dairy numbers decline

Holstein cows graze at the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Sessums, Mississippi, on June 11, 2015. Increased production and international competition are bringing down milk prices for dairy producers across the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

DECATUR, Miss. — Max Anderson has set an auction date. Soon, he will sell all of his 150-cow dairy herd. Anderson will then mark the end of 38 years in the dairy business after taking over his family’s Newton County farm. After a widespread dairy economic crisis in 2009 that put him and many of his peers in debt, he ...

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Chefs savor GritGirl products

The yellow corn that Georgeanne and Freddie Ross mill into grits, cornmeal, polenta and masa is served by chefs at white tablecloth restaurants from Mississippi to New York. Years before Memphis-born Georgeanne Ross came to be known as the Original GritGirl of Oxford she had a city girl’s perspective on growing food. “If it didn’t come from Kroger, I just ...

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Read March 1 issue of MBJ

>>INGALLS TURNS 75 Building ships for the Pentagon is the economic crown jewel of the Gulf Coast- by Lisa Monti Also in this week’s paper: >> LAW Appeals court rules state’s tort cap doesn’t violate separation of powers- by Clay Chandler >>KEMPER UPDATE Mississippi Power files Kemper rate recovery plan- by Clay Chandler >>CONSTRUCTION Commercial contractors are still struggling in state- by Wally ...

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Bryant unsure of migrant labor crackdown’s economic costs

Gov. Phil Bryant says he has no idea what the costs would be to Mississippi’s agricultural sector if a tough anti-immigration law caused undocumented immigrants to leave the state en masse as they have in Georgia and Alabama. While Georgia and Alabama sustained serious economic losses from crops that went un-harvested after the workers left, Bryant does not expect that ...

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Read the March 5 issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — REMEMBER THE TITANS: Ole Miss to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Rebels’ 1962 perfect football season. By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> The apple falls: Will the son live up to the father — by Wally Northway >> Eastover on the move: More dominoes fall after the Whole Foods announcement — by ...

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TWEETING FARMERS

If tweeting farmers seems like a far-fetched idea, think again. Much of agriculture is now high tech and that includes farmers who are turning more and more to social media for a variety of reasons. “Just like the rest of the population, farmers’ use of Facebook, blogs and other social media has increased and is now an important part of ...

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