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Specialty crop grants available through Ag Department

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to solely 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 ...

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Cochran backs bill exempting small farms from EPA rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has endorsed legislation that would provide relief to small farms from Environmental Protection Agency fuel storage requirements that are set to take effect in May. Cochran is an original cosponsor to the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (S.496) that would amend the EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to ...

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County to build year-round farmer's market

CORINTH — Alcorn County is getting a year-round farmer’s market. The board of the Fulton Drive farmer’s market, where a covered shed is soon to be constructed, has set up operating rules for the site. The Daily Corinthian reports the decision to move to a 12-month market reflects increasing availability of some crops. “We do have some individuals that are ...

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Challenging market, input costs cut Cal-Maine's earnings

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $328.9 million, compared with net sales of $290.4 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2012. The egg company reported net income of $14.3 million, or $0.60 per basic share, for the second quarter, compared with net income of $23.3 million, or $0.97 per ...

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Mother Nature smiles on Christmas tree growers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Christmas tree growers were thinking about the holidays when Hurricane Isaac made landfall Aug. 28, knowing the winds and rains would bring additional work before trees would be ready for the 2012 harvest. Stephen Dicke, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, said storm damage should not dampen sales ...

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