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State's ranchers welcome rain; relieves feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rains are taking some feed-cost pressure off Mississippi cattle producers as the end of summer approaches. Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said summer droughts often reduce hay yields, and the resulting sparse grass in pastures can trigger hay feedings before the first frost hits. This year, rains across most of the ...

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Fair going 'retro,' to focus on agriculture

SOUTHAVEN — The Mid-South Fair is returning to its agricultural roots. People at last year’s fair told him they want to see livestock, board president Michael Doyle told The Commercial Appeal. “I am a proponent of livestock but I deal with a bunch of brilliant city people on our board and they don’t understand that the fair has got to ...

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Annual cattle sale rings in at $1.3M

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi cattle producers continue to go online to connect with livestock markets throughout the country. The sixth-annual Mississippi Homeplace Producers’ Sale was broadcast live to viewers across the state and nation Aug. 5 from Southeast Mississippi Livestock in Hattiesburg. Since 2008, the sale has been conducted with the assistance of Mississippi State University’s Extension Service. “This sale gives ...

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Invasive stem maggots threaten state's pasturelands

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Forage producers and their livestock are not the only ones admiring the plentiful bermudagrass fields and pastures across the state this year. Another invasive insect has arrived in Mississippi, this time to take a bite out of potentially strong hay yields. Stem maggots are joining the list of invasive species in the state that includes fire ants, ...

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Scientist finding native grass best for livestock forage

STARKVILLE — Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best. Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mississippi grazing pastures, with native, warm-season grasses. “The ...

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Coast ag producers share needs, express concerns

BILOXI — Agricultural producers in the coastal region shared their needs and concerns during a recent Mississippi State University meeting. The sixth-annual Producer Advisory Council meeting was held at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center. Eleven commodity groups made recommendations and requests for research, educational programming and support by MSU’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. ...

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Annual ag council meeting draws hundreds

VERONA — When agricultural producers speak, Mississippi State University listens. About 300 commodity producers, crop consultants and MSU representatives met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona for the annual Producer Advisory Council meeting. The meeting has been held for more than half a century to give farmers the opportunity to express agricultural needs to their ...

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Livestock auction sets new records, passes $5M milestone

JACKSON — After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction. Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were sold by the head instead ...

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Cattleman to change plea to guilty in loan fraud case

ABERDEEN — Court records say a man will plead guilty to hiding the sales of cattle and using fake invoices to avoid paying back a federal loan. A filing in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen says Clint Mann intends to change his plea. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 19. Court records say Mann obtained a $64,000 line of credit from ...

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State's ag production tops $7B for second consecutive year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Significant production levels and high market prices combined to give Mississippi’s agricultural commodities their second year in a row of over $7 billion in total value. Mississippi State University agricultural economists gathered preliminary data from crop production reports, world agricultural supply and demand estimates, industry resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture outlook reports. They predict a $7.3-billion ...

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