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Despite tornadoes, state's poultry growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The poultry industry is riding a wave of success, propelling it from a strong 2013 into another year with promises of favorable market prices and lower production costs. John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several issues will influence poultry profits in 2014. “We expect poultry to ramp up production ...

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Mississippi agriculture industry vows new fight against migrant crackdown

With Southern governors and legislatures in a hurry to enact strict immigration enforcement measures, worries have arisen across the region that farm crops will wither in the fields without enough migrant workers to harvest them. That prospect has set up a potential fight in Mississippi between legislators who want to take a hard line against undocumented immigrant workers and agricultural ...

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MSAE holds elections

The chief executive of the state newspaper association has been elected president of the Mississippi Society of Association Executives. Layne Bruce, 38, of Madison, is executive director of the Mississippi Press Association and will serve a two-year term as president of MSAE. He first joined the MSAE board in 2008. A career newspaper professional, Bruce joined the press association in ...

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Labeling chicken

A new regulation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture requiring nutrition labels on raw, single-ingredient poultry products has the poultry industry in Mississippi somewhat mystified — and very concerned. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, the USDA will require certain poultry products to provide nutrition information on the package or available at the point-of-purchase. The rule is targeting non-consumer-ready poultry cuts, which ...

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Is Russia reneging on poultry pact?

The brand new poultry trade agreement between the U.S. and Russia looked to be in some jeopardy earlier this month after U.S. officials alleged Russia was reneging on the deal. However, the issues appear to have been resolved and U.S.-raised chicken is on its way to Russia, the top U.S. and Mississippi poultry importer — at least for now. Jim ...

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Poultry association: Kemper could cost jobs in Mississippi

Last week the Mississippi Poultry Association (MPA) said that high electricity rates caused by the $2.4-billion Kemper County IGCC Plant could cause Mississippi to lose jobs in the poultry industry – the state’s largest agricultural industry with a $6 billion and 50,000-job state impact. “Our folks work on very small margins,” said Mark Leggett, association president. Leggett wrote a letter ...

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