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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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Impacts of BP oil spill continue

By BECKY GILLETTE The National Wildlife Federation report, 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and How We Can Restore the Gulf of Mexico, includes these key findings: *Nearly all of the populations of dolphins and whales in the oiled area were found to have demonstrable, quantifiable injuries. *In the five years after the disaster, more than ...

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Agency announces $50M grant to restore wildlife habitat

The United States Department of Agriculture says it will give about $50 million to help agricultural producers who want to restore and protect wildlife habitat for seven species, including the gopher tortoise in Mississippi. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release Monday that it’ll invest about $3.4 million on habitat restoration for the pine forest-dwelling gopher ...

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US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem. Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster ...

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ELIZABETH BARBER — Putting Mississippi to work in a restoration economy

Every region in the country has an economy that is tied to specific sectors, and the Mississippi Coast is no different. A “cluster,” in economics, is a geographic concentration of interconnected industries and businesses in a specific field. In December 2014, the Mississippi Business Journal published a study looking at Mississippi’s “blue economy”: the cluster formed by maritime industries – ...

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Landfill pays $19,000 fine for late environmental reports

FAYETTE — A Jefferson County landfill is paying a $19,000 fine for submitting late monitoring reports. Riverbend Environmental Service agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The 489-acre landfill is located south of Fayette. A Dec. 19 order published by the department says that Riverbend broke permit terms by failing to submit four semi-annual monitoring ...

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After 8 months, Byram recycling program growing

The City of Byram’s Ready, Set, Recycle! Program kicked off in April and has been well-received by residents, said Lareka Washington, the city’s grants coordinator. Officials already are looking at expanding hours for the volunteer recycling program. The program is funded through a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Residents have been dropping off their paper, plastic and ...

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85 endangered turtles being rehabbed on Gulf Coast

GULFPORT — Scores of endangered turtles hurt by the unusual cold in Massachusetts have been brought to the Gulf Coast to be rehabilitated and eventually released into the wild. Hundreds of cold-stunned young Kemp’s ridley sea turtles have washed up on Massachusetts beaches since November. The condition — like human hypothermia — can be fatal. The Audubon Aquarium of the ...

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NG1 Technologies wins Grand Prize; receiving $200K in cash and services

OLIVE BRANCH — The Cleantech Open Southeast says regional finalist NG1 Technologies of Olive Branch has been recognized as the 2014 Cleantech Open National Accelerator Grand Prize Winner. NG1 Technologies will receive a cash and in-kind services prize worth $200,000. NG1 Technologies was recognized for its innovation and improvements to the retrofit exhaust system found on Class 8 tractor-trailers. The ...

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State lands environmental restoration grants for Coast projects

GULF COAST — Mississippi will spend a $28 million grant on three environmental restoration projects along the Gulf Coast. Gov. Phil Bryant said today that the money is coming from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Environmental Benefit Fund, which was created in 2013 as part of a settlement the U.S Justice Department reached with BP and Transocean to resolve ...

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