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Delta Group: Farmers facing late planting due to weather

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Faced with the possibility with a late planting season due to the harsh winter weather, farmers throughout the region are planning their strategy and preparing their equipment to make sure they are ready to go when the weather allows. “Farmers are looking at the winter we’re having and there’s definitely some concern about whether the first plantings ...

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Producers learn how to grow safe, healthy product

With increased scrutiny on food safety, a recent event looked to give local growers the latest and greatest in the safe handling of their product from planting to harvest. More than 20 fruit and vegetable growers gathered at Mississippi State University recently for an all-day workshop about food safety and best practices. Instructors from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural ...

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Wholesale bank reports record earnings — again

AUSTIN, Texas — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT), a cooperatively owned wholesale bank that provides funding for rural retail lenders, has released preliminary unaudited financial highlights and results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, reporting record earnings for the eighth consecutive year. The Austin-based bank reported $179.8 million in net income in 2013, a 3.0 percent increase over its 2012 ...

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Lab gives chicken farmers a break, lowers fees

STARKVILLE — The more than 2,000 chicken growers in Mississippi can now save money on an annual test required to meet federal and state regulations and keep their samples in the state. The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has lowered its fee for testing chicken litter to $35 to be more in line with fees charged by labs in neighboring states. ...

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Extension offering program for women farmers

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and its partners are providing a two-day educational and networking opportunity for women involved in agriculture in Mississippi. The Mississippi Women for Agriculture 2014 annual conference will be Feb. 20-21 in the Bost Extension Center at MSU. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 20 and ends at 3 p.m. Feb. 21. The agenda ...

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OSHA backs off regulations on small farms' grain storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are pleased that small family-owned farms will not be subjected to unlawful scrutiny by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under pressure from Cochran, Wicker and other lawmakers in the Senate and House, OSHA has agreed to withdraw its 2011 guidance memorandum on regulating small farms with grain ...

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CHS issues $433M in cash distributions to members

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States will share in an estimated $433 million cash distribution from CHS Inc., a St. Paul, Minn.-based energy, grains and foods company and agricultural co-op. The distribution is the second largest in CHS history. The 2014 cash return to owners is based on CHS net income of $992.4 million, the ...

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Sale of Junior Champions draws thousands of animals

JACKSON — Young Mississippians took approximately 3,000 animals to Jackson to show at the Dixie National Livestock Show, but only 44 animals were judged worthy of competing in the annual Sale of Junior Champions. Mikayla Shelton is one of hundreds of Mississippi youth who groom their goats, lambs, steers and hogs all year long in hopes they make it to ...

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Senate passes Farm Bill; heads to Obama's desk

WASHINGTON — After three years of work, a Farm Bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 yesterday by a margin of 68-32. Both of Mississippi’s senators — Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker — voted in favor of the bill. “Speaking for the farmers of Mississippi, I ...

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U.S. Senate to vote on 2014 Farm Bill today

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday and voted to proceed to consideration of the 2014 Farm Bill, paving the way for a final vote on the measure tomorrow. Cloture was invoked with bipartisan support of 72-22. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ...

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