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Farmers ask questions, get answers in wake of tornadoes

LOUISVILLE — More than 70 individuals who suffered losses from the April 28 tornadoes visited the state’s first Agriculture Disaster Center May 15 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Louisville. Representatives from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Administration and the Federal Emergency Management ...

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Council seeking public comment on farm-to-school programs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm to School Interagency Council is inviting public comment on proposed objectives of the Council and the promotion of farm to school programs in Mississippi in general. The public comment period will end on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. The Interagency Farm to School Council was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 2013 to identify models ...

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Farmers to get latest in online marketing, networking

As farmers look to get their crops in the field, an event is planned to also help them get their crop to market. Farmers can learn online marketing techniques and networking strategies during an outreach event next week in Holmes County. Roberto Gallardo, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach, will help fruit ...

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Beekeepers get exemption to use mite-fighting HopGuard II

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given approval of an emergency exemption that will allow Mississippi beekeepers access to a miticide to help control varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies. The product receiving emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is manufactured by BetaTec Hop Products. HopGuard II uses cardboard strips ...

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Wiseman to be honored with dinner, endowed scholarship

A group of longtime friends and former students of a recently retired Mississippi State political scientist is holding a May fund-raising event to create a campus scholarship endowment in his honor. Professor W. Martin “Marty” Wiseman, former longtime director of the university’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Economic Development, will be honored at a May 22 dinner at ...

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Specialty Crop Block Grants now available through MDAC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research, education/training/technical assistance, promotion/marketing or food safety/product handling. ...

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Hood joins other AGs in efforts to curb copper theft

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper and representatives for Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell met in Memphis yesterday for a roundtable discussion on the growing concern of copper theft. Representatives from Mississippi’s Secretary of State’s Office, Agriculture Commission and Department of Public Safety also attended the Memphis meeting along with ...

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Ag Museum introduces new branding effort

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum has unveiled a new branding strategy, which includes a new logo and updated website as well as promotional materials and design templates for way-finding signage. “The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is made up of many facets from the exhibit gallery to Small Town and rental facilities. This ‘new look’ will help ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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MMSA to welcome 'Small Town, Miss.' as new member

The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) will welcome a new member next week, and the community that is joining might come as a surprise to many. On Feb. 13, the MMSA will designate the City of Small Town, Miss., an official Mississippi Main Street Community. The designation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at the ...

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