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Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising. Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states, especially in 2012, resulted in tighter supplies, while consumer demand for beef has remained strong. “Each producer has one question to ask before buying an additional cow to expand ...

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Sir, is that cow under warranty?

Mississippi’s cattle industry recently received some good news from Washington about a proposed program that would help protect them from catastrophic losses due to disease. But the state’s cattle industry continues to face issues that no single program can address — even with improved market prices, many livestock producers are still operating in the red. Earlier this month, Sen. Thad ...

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Farmers scramble to salvage crops

Salvage efforts, however, won’t offset losses following early-fall’s torrential rains Mississippi’s farmers have been working overtime this month trying to salvage what is left of crops devastated by early drought then heavy rains in September and October. Still, the clock is ticking, and what is left may be of little or no value and might not be worth harvesting. Their ...

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