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MARTY WISEMAN: The current racial strife and the failure to educate

A sentiment being expressed with all too great a frequency lately is one characterized by a growing bewilderment at the widening of the chasm in race relations in America.  With each incident where a person of color is the ultimate recipient of action on the part of law enforcement our inability to communicate with each other and our differing interpretations ...

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Farmers holding onto grain, hoping for a break in the market

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi farmers are holding large amounts of grain, primarily corn and soybeans, on their property, waiting for the best time to sell it. But they are holding out for hope in a market oversupplied and underpriced. Plus, if too many dump it at the same time, that would drive prices down further, said John Michael Riley, agricultural economist ...

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Row-crop prices tank but livestock, poultry save Mississippi’s bacon

By JACK WEATHERLY  Row crop prices fell anywhere from 19 percent to nearly 30 percent last year in Mississippi, taking a huge chunk out of farm income. The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the state’s farm income fell $972 million from 2013. However, a major factor in that drop was the roughly $340 million that black Mississippi farmers ...

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McMillan retiring at MDRS

After 22 years at the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, the last 18 as Executive Director, H.S. “Butch” McMillan has announced he is retiring, effective June 30. McMillan’s career began as a member of the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1992.  As executive director at MDRS, he successfully gained legislative support to expand services that promote employment and independence ...

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Tight margins on crops force hard choices for Mississippi farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Last year, Mississippi farmers had a bumper harvest, but that was not necessarily a cause for celebration. Production is one thing, price is another. Because of a pattern of high productivity in the past couple of years, the market has reacted with lower prices, according to John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist at Mississippi State University. Farmers are ...

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Miss. State hoops team back home after plane engine blowout

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team had to take a bus home to Starkville after an engine failed on the team plane, forcing an emergency landing in St. Louis. The team left suburban Festus at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and arrived in Starkville at 3:30 p.m., team spokesman Gregg Ellis said. Most of the team slept while the sports ...

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MSU Extension will host new farm bill workshops

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economists will hold a series of workshops related to the Agricultural Act of 2014 in February. “Farm Bill Summary, Analysis and Decision Aids” will address six topics related to the new farm bill. Workshops will cover the fine points of the legislation and how the state’s crop producers will be affected. Topics include agricultural ...

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Mississippi furniture makers on rebound with more exports

By Jack Weatherly A few years ago, the Chinese might not have been the kind of trade partners you wanted if you were in furniture manufacturing in Mississippi. That’s because the communist nation was selling goods in this country cheaper than they could be made in the United States. Consequently, the industry —suppliers and manufacturers — in Mississippi felt the ...

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Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide will be in a crash ...

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