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Hood wants documents on failed beef plant

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government’s investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland in August 2004 but lasted less than three months. In January 2005, the operator defaulted on a $21-million loan ...

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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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Drought poses threat to state's cattle herds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi could join Texas, Oklahoma and other southeastern states in widespread shortages of hay and forages if dry conditions continue. Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing systems specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said Mississippi cattle producers are seeing about 50 percent losses of pasture and hay production. Drought conditions can cause more challenges than just shortages ...

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Cochran: Administration failing state's cattlemen

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials need to develop recommendations to help livestock producers in Mississippi, especially poultry farmers, reverse declining markets. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee that conducted a hearing on the “State of Livestock in America.” Cochran used the hearing to highlight the poultry industry in Mississippi, ...

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Cattlemen challenged to protect herds during flood

WEST MISSISSIPPI — As the Mississippi River continues to rise, those who keep cattle in Delta floodplains need to prepare to move them to higher ground. Before evacuating, owners need to ensure their cattle are uniquely and permanently identified. Proper identification will be needed to prove ownership and to reclaim cattle before returning home. “Hanging ear tags can be lost ...

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Cattlemen taking advantage of online sales program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cattle producers and buyers are finding a win-win method of marketing cattle in the Cattlemen’s Exchange and Homeplace Producer Sales. Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is partnering with several organizations and sale barns to offer auctions in Winona and Hattiesburg for cattle that may never pass through either of those cities. Cattle remain on their home farms ...

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Lawmakers protest Taiwan's ban on U.S. beef

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration began rejecting shipments of U.S. ...

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Beef plant conspirator awarded reduced sentence

OAKLAND — A federal judge has reduced the sentence of a key figure in the Mississippi beef plant scandal. Richard Hall, of Clarksville, Tenn., was sentenced in 2006 to eight years in prison for his role in the failure of the plant. The beef plant, backed by the Mississippi Legislature and two state agencies, ran into trouble soon after Hall ...

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Cochran pushing USDA for livestock warranty program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cooperate with livestock industry officials in Mississippi to create and implement a warranty program that would help protect livestock producers after their herds are affected by disease. Cochran, along with fellow senators from Alabama and Georgia, has written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to encourage him to ...

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Obama signs livestock bill co-sponsored by Cochran

WASHINGTON – President Obama has signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to extend a program that helps producers find the best prices for their livestock. The Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting Act (PL.111-239) includes a five-year reauthorization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal mandatory price reporting program that guarantees greater transparency within the livestock ...

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