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Drought shrinking ranchers' profits; consumers to feel impact

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Pictures of wilting corn in the Midwest may dominate the evening news, but the 2012 drought is also shrinking livestock’s profit potential nationwide. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the drought means livestock, dairy and aquaculture producers will continue to see higher feed prices. “Cattle will be the most impacted, both ...

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Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as beef prices head to record levels and thieves out for a lucrative score begin trying their hand at rustling. Cindy ...

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REILY: Finely textured beef the fault of the media? MSU researcher cannot be serious

A story released by Mississippi State University blames the media for the shadow cast over lean, finely textured beef, which has been more commonly referred to as pink slime. An MSU meat scientist, Byron Williams, describes recent media reports as “irresponsible journalism that casts a shadow over established practices that he contends make certain ground beef products healthier and safer.” ...

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MSU scientist takes exception to media reports of 'pink slime'

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University meat scientist is describing recent media reports as irresponsible journalism that casts a shadow over established practices that he contends make certain ground beef products healthier and safer. >> Finely textured beef the fault of the media? MSU researcher cannot be serious … Byron Williams, assistant Extension and research professor in the department of food ...

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State could soon reach settlement over failed beef plant

OAKLAND — Mississippi could soon settle its 2007 lawsuit against the firms that built the financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, said the state and Georgia’s Facility Group, which was hired to oversee construction of the plant, have reached agreement although a settlement has yet to ...

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Ag commodities groups identify priorites for research, education

ABERDEEN — Advocates for agriculture met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona to identify priorities for research and Extension Service education programs at Mississippi State University. Scientists from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, specialists with the MSU Extension Service and almost 250 members of the North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council spent the day ...

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Rodeo's junior livestock sale sets all-time record

JACKSON — The 2012 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions was the most successful sale to date, bringing in almost $300,000. The Dixie National Junior Livestock Show, held each February in Jackson, has concluded for the last 43 years with the sale of champion market animals. Philanthropic buyers have contributed more than $4.5 million throughout the history of the Sale ...

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Even with record year, farmers are still hurting

Despite a challenging year of bad weather and a faltering economy, Mississippi agriculture set a new value record year in 2011, according to a report form the Mississippi State University Extension Service. However, spiraling input costs as well as financial woes at home and abroad and an angry Mother Nature put a squeeze on farmers’ bottom line last year. The ...

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Beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A Nebraska meatpacker has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, ...

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Hood wants documents on failed beef plant

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government’s investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland in August 2004 but lasted less than three months. In January 2005, the operator defaulted on a $21-million loan ...

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