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Cargo traffic soars at Port of Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA — Cargo tonnage at the Port of Pascagoula was up 27 percent through the third quarter compared to 2010, mostly due to liquefied natural gas coming into Gulf LNG Energy’s Bayou Casotte terminal. Port director Mark McAndrews tells the Mississippi Press the beginning LNG shipments more than offset some declines in some of port’s traditional cargoes. The first LNG ...

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Farmers' deadline extended in Bayer CropScience settlement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750-million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience mistakenly sold genetically modified seed in the United States. The original deadline was Oct. 10, but Bayer extended it to Nov. 21, attorney Don Downing of St. Louis — one of the lead attorneys in ...

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Farm Bureau supports free trade agreements

JACKSON — The passage of three free trade agreements in Congress puts American and Mississippi farmers back at a competitive advantage, and allows open access to markets that have been at an economic disadvantage, according to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. Agriculture exports are essential to the prosperity of the overall U.S. economy, and especially to rural communities like Mississippi, ...

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Deadline nearing for Bayer CropScience claims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The deadline is approaching for rice farmers to submit claims in order to share in the settlement of a lawsuit against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice that was inadvertently introduced into the U.S. market. Bayer has agreed to a $750 million settlement. Farmers have until Oct. 10 to submit claims. Richard Coffman, an attorney who represents ...

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Decrease in poultry exports impacts State Port

A major decline in chicken exports does not bode well for the Mississippi port’s tentative plans to resume a pre-Katrina business that created hundreds of jobs. The port had planned to rebuild its freezer for chicken shipments on the West Pier, but that was before a new strategic plan reserved the space for an elevated containerized cargo operation. The port’s ...

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SUSTA offering export assistance to small ag companies

JACKSON — The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Market Access Program (MAP) Branded. The Branded program is designed to help small agricultural companies enter export markets with 50 percent reimbursement for promotional costs like advertising, exhibiting at trade shows and changes to packaging and labels. To be eligible for the Branded program, ...

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Lawmakers protest Taiwan's ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration began rejecting shipments of U.S. ...

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FDA: Chinese improving oversight of exports

SHANGHAI — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says China is improving its oversight of its exporters following a slew of scandals over bogus or substandard drugs and foods ranging from vaccines and infant formula to dog chow. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said today that Chinese officials she spoke with during her first visit to China since ...

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Canadian networking event slated

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi business leaders to the SEUS-CP 2nd Annual Conference next month. SEUS-CP, an alliance of southeastern states and Canadian provinces, will convene in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, July 26-28.

 “Because Canada is one of Mississippi’s key trade partners, it’s crucial that we continue to foster strong business ...

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NAFTA numbers decrease again

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 33.1 percent lower in April 2009 than in April 2008, dropping to $49.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). April was the fourth consecutive month with a yearly decline of greater than 27 percent. ...

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