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State's peanut farmers feeling good about this year's crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers are quite happy with the peanut crop they are harvesting in early October, and recent dry weather has provided excellent drying conditions. “Overall in the state, we’re seeing above average yields, and the lowest grade I’ve heard is 68-69, which is the highest grade some growers have gotten in the past,” said Jason Sarver, peanut ...

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Department of Agriculture launches new agritourism mobile app

JACKSON — The state is celebrating Agritourism Month in October with events around the community and at its 13 Welcome Centers, and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture (MDAC) has released a new mobile app to help visitors locate agritourism operations around the state. “Agritourism in Mississippi provides our farmers and landowners with the opportunity to show the importance of our ...

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Sweet potato producers hoping weather turns friendly

VARDAMAN — A dry September put a damper on Mississippi sweet potato production, but the rain in early October may help the crop remaining in the field. Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said sweet potato fields received about an inch of rain Oct. 3. “We’re optimistic that this rain will help size up ...

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Delay in passage of farm bill has producers playing beat-the-clock

TUNICA — The nation’s farmers and agricultural landowners have some important decisions to make in the next six months. Krysta Harden, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, met with farmers and others at the Tunica Museum on Sept. 29 to answer questions about programs available in the new farm bill. While the delay in passage of the farm ...

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MSU scientists evaluating soil-testing recommendations

STONEVILLE — The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil. “Everything ties back to how well the soil is maintained,” said Bobby Golden, an agronomist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Stoneville. “If ...

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USDA awards more than $1M in grants to aid socially disadvantaged farmers

DURANT and STONEVILLE — Two Mississippi-based conservation projects have been singled out for more than $1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding, including a project to help socially disadvantaged farmers adopt soil and water conservation technologies. As authorized in the 2014 Farm bill, the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are provided on a competitive basis to encourage the development ...

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Hay to be in short supply due to weather, insect predation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — High demand for hay last winter, a wet spring and heavy insect pressure have all challenged the state’s pastureland, which means hay may be scarce this winter. Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said these factors pushed the state’s hay inventories 20 percent lower than the three-year average. “The state had about ...

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Ag commissioners petition for withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Rule

JACKSON — At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA members, which include Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of ...

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Alcorn getting federal funding to study small farming operations

LORMAN — Alcorn State University will receive federal agriculture research resources to study how small farming operations in rural Mississippi can fight crop diseases. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who is ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $246,318 available to investigate small farm ...

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Delta Council says condition of Highway 6 'of crisis dimensions'

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — As the 2014 harvest progresses, the transportation arteries that move the crop from the field to its market place in Northwest Mississippi is choked down, according to Stoneville-based Delta Council. Due to structurally deficient bridge structures throughout the Batesville-to-Clarksdale reach of Highway 6, hundreds of trucks loaded full of grain are being detoured to other routes even ...

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