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Russia's poultry ban expected to have only minor impact on producers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Poultry producers say Russia’s decision to ban imported U.S. meat won’t lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat. Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that his country would restrict imports of certain commodities in retaliation for the U.S. and other countries imposing sanctions because of the situation in Ukraine. ...

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Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United States, with surveys showing that ...

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Lawmakers want protection for Cooper's plant in China

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), have asked U.S. diplomatic and trade representatives to help protect the interests of an American company, while dysfunction at a joint venture in China poses risks to U.S. jobs in Northeast Mississippi and elsewhere. The lawmakers are among a bipartisan, bicameral group that sent ...

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ITC rules against domestic shrimp processors

GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimp processors have lost a call for higher duties on frozen shrimp imported from five countries — China, Vietnam, Ecuador, India and Malaysia. The U.S. International Trade Commission rejected the proposal 4-2, saying the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries failed to present strong evidence that the imports were seriously damaging the processors. A tie would have ...

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Syria agrees to turn over chemical weapons; oil prices fall

Syria has agreed to turn over its chemical weapons, which is helping ease international tensions as well as anxiety at the gas pumps. Oil prices, which have shot up in recent days over the threat of a U.S. strike against Syria, dropped below $108 a barrel today after Damascus said it would go along with a proposal to turn over ...

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Senators backing sale of helicopters to Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting the possible sale to Thailand of Lakota helicopters manufactured in Mississippi. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the government of Thailand’s request to purchase six Lakota helicopters, with associated training and equipment.  The estimated cost is $77 million. “The sale of these ...

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Governor, MDA director headed to Paris Air Show

JACKSON — A group including Gov. Phil Bryant and Mississippi Development Authority director Brent Christensen will attend next week’s Paris Air Show. MDA will send a five other people besides Christensen. Agency spokeswoman Marlo Dorsey says they will man a booth showcasing Mississippi. She says the state’s delegation has meetings scheduled with dozens of high-ranking executives to discuss possibilities to ...

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Governor, MDA leading mission trips to Brazil, Chile

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Sept. 9-13. MDA will also host a preceding business development mission to Chile from Sept. 5-7. The trips are designed to connect Mississippi companies that want to ...

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Senator 'encourages' FDA administrator to start catfish inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has encouraged the head of the Food and Drug Administration to work with her federal counterparts to implement a catfish inspection program that ensures foreign imports are safe for consumers. Cochran addressed the catfish inspection issue, as well as impending menu nutrition labeling regulations, during a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to ...

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Cochran questions Vilsack on progress of imported catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday again stressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the importance to U.S. food safety and the economy of implementing a program to more thoroughly inspect imported catfish. Cochran addressed the issue at Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cochran asked Vilsack about the ...

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