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Process begins in Congress on 2018 Farm Bill

By BECKY GILLETTE Current Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has announced the committee will begin hearings this year to set the stage for writing a new farm bill.  The current farm bill doesn’t expire until 2018, which gives the House and Senate time to work with the Trump Administration to set new farm bill policies, said Chris Gallegos, ...

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Cal-Maine profits take major hit thanks to lingering effects of flu

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods dodged the avian flu outbreak that reduced the nation’s egg production in 2015 by 10 percent. Yet the Jackson-based firm, the largest producer of shell eggs in the United States, continues to deal with the ripples caused by the influenza Net sales for the company’s second fiscal quarter, which ended Nov. 26, were $253.5 million, ...

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Agriculture value is part of Mississippi’s economy

The estimated $7.6 billion value of Mississippi agriculture increased by 1.8 percent in 2016, helping the industry retain its prominence in the state’s overall economy. “Agriculture’s reach in the state goes well beyond just the value of the goods produced,” said Brian Williams, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “The ag industry helps support many of ...

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MSU: Rice farmers can get same yield with 1/3 less water

Some rice farmers can use much less water and get the same yield by flooding their fields at the start and end of the season, and letting them dry out a bit in between, Mississippi State University researchers say. That’s a radical change from recommendations across the Rice Belt to keep two to four inches of water in the fields, ...

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AGRIBUSINESS — Soybean crop battled stink bugs and disease

A game-changing insect caused significant problems in many Mississippi soybean acres, but good management allowed growers to finish the year with an average crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that by Oct. 23, Mississippi farmers were 92 percent finished harvesting the state’s soybean crop, which covered about 2.03 million acres this year. Insect and disease pressures made the effort ...

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Mississippi agriculture chief on Trump advisory committee

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith is serving on an agriculture advisory committee for Republic presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Daily Leader reports that the 64-member committee includes chairmen of the U.S House and Senate agriculture committees, former U.S. secretaries of agriculture, current and former governors and business executives. Hyde-Smith raises beef cattle near Brookhaven. She was elected to the state ...

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AG REPORT — Good cotton crop expected despite dropped bolls

Wet, cloudy weather has put a lot of cotton bolls on the ground, but experts still expect an above average crop from Mississippi’s cotton acreage. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said experts knew boll loss was coming after all the recent rain. “By the last week of July to early August, a lot of ...

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AG REPORT — Timely rains, few issues indicate good peanut yield

With few problems this year, Mississippi’s peanut growers should see a good crop. “Overall, peanuts are doing very well,” said Jason Sarver, Mississippi State University Extension Service peanut specialist. “Peanuts in south Mississippi received consistent rain throughout the season. We were really dry for a while across northeast Mississippi and the Delta. But between days 70 and 80, we started ...

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Banks to farmers: Be proactive in responding to falling commodity prices

By BECKY GILLETTE The agricultural economy continues to experience a downturn in which low commodity prices have reduced farm incomes, and concerns about liquidity have reached an all-time high, said Steve Apodaca, senior vice president of the American Bankers Association Center for Agricultural & Rural Banking, who spoke this week at the Mississippi Bankers Association Agriculture Conference in Jackson. With lower ...

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Mississippi agriculture shrank by 3.1percent in 2015

By JACK WEATHERLY  Dragged down by major row crops, Mississippi’s agriculture sector shrank by 3.1 percent, to $7.51 billion in 2015 from $7.75 billion in 2014, according to agriculture economist Brian Williams. Crops’ value fell nearly $500 million last year from 2014, but forestry and poultry buoyed the overall figure. Yet, Williams, an assistant professor of agricultural economics for the ...

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