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Hay fever

The drought in Texas has left pastures brown and cattlemen and horse owners in a hay-buying frenzy to feed their hungry animals. Now, local horse owners are worried that there will not be enough hay to get through the upcoming winter. Stephanie Billingsley of Mississippihorses.org said, “We are afraid that by mid-winter our regular hay suppliers will be out of ...

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Deadline nearing for SBA disaster loans

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Oct. 17 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in the counties of DeSoto and Marshall in Mississippi. The SBA declared a disaster because of the drought and excess heat that began on June 1, 2010. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program ...

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SBA offering disaster relief to businesses in six counties

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Small, non-farm businesses in six Delta counties in Mississippi are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April 1. The eligible counties are ...

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State's cotton crops faces numerous hurdles

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s cotton has overcome one hurdle after another all season, and fall weather is all that stands between respectable yields and the finish line. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said “challenging” is the one word that sums up the 2011 cotton crop. “It has been a year of challenges. It was cold ...

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Six counties included in USDA disaster declaration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the entire State of Arkansas, which includes 75 counties, as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April 1 and continues. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties of Mississippi also qualify ...

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Economy, weather hurting turfgrass industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The continuing decline of the housing market and the lack of new construction are taking its toll on Mississippi’s turfgrass industry. Wayne Wells, Mississippi State University Extension turf specialist, said, “Sod production relies heavily on construction, so when there isn’t as much, sod producers feel the hit. There is some business to be found, though, in selling ...

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SBA offering disaster loans due to drought, heat

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Aug. 17 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi because of drought and excessive heat that began March 1. These loans are available in Clark, George, Greene, Itawamba, Jackson, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee, Tishomingo and Wayne counties. Under this declaration, ...

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TVA seeing highest demand in three years

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority is having the highest demand for electricity since 2007. The federal utility met a demand for electricity of more than 31,700 megawatts on the afternoon of Aug. 4. The all-time record is 33,482 megawatts set on Aug. 16, 2007. Demand is expected to remain high until the weekend. TVA forecasters said monthly average ...

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