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Weatherly has deep roots in Mississippi agriculture

Oktibbeha County Master Gardener Charlie Weatherly pauses July 23, 2015 beside some of flowers growing in the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, which he helped establish at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE — Long before Charlie Weatherly earned the state’s 2015 Master Gardener of the Year honor, his family roots were dug deep into the Mississippi soil. Although he retired from Mississippi State University in 1997, Weatherly has not strayed far from the land-grant institution’s campus or mission. How could he? As a child, he frequently came to campus with his father, Ernest, ...

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New $30 million civil and environmental facility at MSU to recognize alumnus Richard Rula

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By BECKY GILLETTE  The new $30-million Mississippi State University Civil and Environmental Engineering Complex Building will be named in honor of alumnus Richard Rula, a member of the MSU Foundation Board and of the Dean’s Advisory Council in the Bagley College of Engineering who has made a very generous contribution to the project. “Rula has been an involved and loyal ...

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Price, numbers are up for beef cattle in state

Shade from the summer sun is necessary to keep cattle cool and their food intake high. These cattle were at the Mississippi State University Leveck Animal Research Center in Starkville July 8, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)

  STARKVILLE — Record beef cattle prices are making Mississippi producers happy to be in the business this summer. Brian Williams, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said 400- to 500-pound Mississippi calves are selling for $282.50 per hundredweight, and 700- to 800-pound steers are selling for $200 per hundredweight. “Mississippi feeder cattle prices are higher this year than a ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: 2016 and the ‘income inequality’ debate

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Perhaps the thing that is evolving as the most unusual element at this early stage of the 2016 presidential race has to do with the central or dominant theme that will be debated with the greatest vigor during the coming campaign.  While such issues as which war do we leap into in the Middle East, the immigration debacle, same-sex marriage ...

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MSU completes upgrades to cheese production facility

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STARKVILLE — Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University mean fewer balls of Edam and other cheese products will be available for 2015. “We lost three months of production this past spring” during the shutdown for renovations, said Troy Weaver, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station sales store manager. “We will produce significantly less ...

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MDA names new deputy director, Mike McGreavey

Mike McGreavy

Mississippi Development Authority has announced Mike McGrevey has joined the agency as deputy director, effective July 6. McGrevey comes to MDA from the city of Meridian, where he served as chief administrative officer responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the city, including economic development and working to improve the city’s  infrastructure. “Mike has a proven track record and a remarkable professional ...

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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

With consumer demand high and input costs down, Mississippi catfish producers are stocking their ponds at high rates this year. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications)

RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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State’s milk production trends up as dairy numbers decline

Holstein cows graze at the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Sessums, Mississippi, on June 11, 2015. Increased production and international competition are bringing down milk prices for dairy producers across the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

DECATUR, Miss. — Max Anderson has set an auction date. Soon, he will sell all of his 150-cow dairy herd. Anderson will then mark the end of 38 years in the dairy business after taking over his family’s Newton County farm. After a widespread dairy economic crisis in 2009 that put him and many of his peers in debt, he ...

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MARTY WISEMAN — Presidents going it alone

BARACK OBAMA

There has been quite an “end zone dance” of late by conservative Republicans across the bitterly anti-Obama red states. The reason for such unbridled glee centers upon President Obama’s failure to persuade the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to undo an injunction by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas.  This injunction blocks the implementation of Obama’s executive order allowing some ...

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