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From Piggly Wiggly to agriculture commissioner

Cindy Hyde-Smith made history as the first woman in the United States to be elected as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. She succeeded longtime Commissioner, Dr. Lester Spell, Jr., who did not seek re-election for a fifth term in office. Her election followed a 12-year career as a Mississippi State Senator for District 39 where she served as Chairman of ...

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Under the microscope

The latest round in the three-year heavyweight political battle that involves U.S. farm-raised catfish, food safety, government spending and international diplomacy is in the books. Who won, who lost and where the domestic catfish industry goes from here is yet to be determined. The last week of May, two public comment hearings were held — the first in Washington, D.C., ...

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Rained out

Farmers still scrambling after worst year in nearly half a century As the year 2009 dawned, the state’s agriculture community was looking for a bounce-back year. Input costs were down, commodity prices were up and many were forecasting a record yield. Then, the rains came – and stayed. New record rainfall totals were set across the state in September and ...

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