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Producers give lawmakers input as Farm Bill develops

WASHINGTON — With the process to draft a 2012 Farm Bill accelerating, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) said the wide range of views offered by agriculture producers are necessary for developing a successful 2012 Farm Bill. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry conducted a hearing on some of the more complex aspects of farm policy. The panel received ...

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Ag commodities groups identify priorites for research, education

ABERDEEN — Advocates for agriculture met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona to identify priorities for research and Extension Service education programs at Mississippi State University. Scientists from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, specialists with the MSU Extension Service and almost 250 members of the North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council spent the day ...

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Entomologists worried about weather's impact on bees, stink bugs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Warm weather in January and early February is causing honey bees to be active before they have enough food to eat, and the state’s beekeepers need to monitor colonies for starvation, a Mississippi State University expert said. “Contrary to what many people think, bees do not hibernate in winter,” said Audrey Sheridan, research associate in MSU’s Department ...

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USDA consolidating 11 state offices in cost-cutting move

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U. S. Department of Agriculture will consolidate 11 offices in Mississippi with other USDA offices across the country. The list includes Farm Service Agency offices in Ashland, Ackerman, Fulton, Hernando, Coffeeville, Monticello, Raleigh and Purvis. A nutrition site in Jackson, an animal plant inspection service in Gulfport, and a rural development office in DeSoto County will ...

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Plant hardiness maps increase state's average low temperature

STARKVILLE — New plant hardiness maps released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture increased Mississippi’s average low temperatures by 5 degrees. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University assistant Extension professor for fruit crops, said the maps provide good average information, but individuals still must make careful planting decisions. “With fruit crops, I am more concerned with individual weather events than averages,” ...

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Cochran, Hutchins want continuation of USDA programs in farm bill

WASHINGTON — In a Senate hearing on energy and economic growth for rural America, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) urged continuation of economic development programs in the Department of Agriculture that will help provide jobs and improve the standard of living in rural America. Cochran serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee that heard testimony from a number of witnesses, including ...

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Peanut processor seeking state funds for plant expansion

ABERDEEN — Birdsong Corp. wants another $1 million from Mississippi to expand its peanut processing plant in Aberdeen. “We want a grant and we want the state to participate,” general manager Gerald Garland told a House Appropriations subcommittee yesterday. The Mississippi Development Authority, though, is cool to the idea. Kathy Gelston, MDA’s chief financial officer said that the proposed $2.2 ...

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Stripe rust identified in wheatfields in the Delta

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Wheat stripe rust was spotted in Mississippi and Arkansas in January, an unusual occurrence this early in the year made possible by the warm and wet winter. Tom Allen, Mississippi State University Extension plant pathologist at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, said the rust was spotted Jan. 27 in Arkansas and is more widespread ...

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Judicial panel does not rule on Yazoo Pump controversy

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board asked a federal appeals court yesterday to revive a $220 million Yazoo River flood control project that was vetoed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2008 over concerns that it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn’t immediately rule after ...

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Panel to hear levee board's appeal of Yazoo Pumps ruling

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board is asking a federal appeals court to revive a $220 million flood control project that the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed in 2008, claiming it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments in the case today. The ...

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