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State's first tea garden survives bad weather with some losses

BROOKHAVEN — Mississippi’s cold, wet winter and spring gave the state’s new tea farm its first test. Owner Jason McDonald and business partner Timothy Gipson started the farm in October. Their 250 one-gallon plants and 10 three-gallon plants are thriving this summer, despite some losses. “The plants actually did really well,” said Rebecca Bates, Mississippi State University Extension Service Lincoln ...

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First named storm of hurricane season forms off Florida coast

ATLANTIC OCEAN — Tropical Storm Arthur has formed off the central Florida coast, becoming the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a tropical storm watch is in effect for the state’s east coast, from Fort Pierce to Flagler Beach. The storm’s maximum sustained winds this morning are about 40 mph. The ...

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Watermelon, blueberry crop hurt by weather, disease

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Party planners may have a hard time finding Mississippi-grown watermelons and blueberries for July 4th celebrations this year. Unfavorable weather slowed maturity and increased disease pressure for both crops. Much of the state’s blueberry crop is grown in south Mississippi, and most of its watermelons are grown in the southeast quarter of the state. Acreage for both ...

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Cotton acreage expected to soar 40% over 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s cotton producers remain optimistic about a crop that is up significantly in acreage despite frequent planting delays. The state is expected to plant about 400,000 acres of cotton in 2014, about 40 percent more than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on June 15 that cotton was 98 percent planted. USDA rated 65 ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA assistance to storm victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Mississippi of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding between April 28-May 3. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is June 30. The SBA encourages residents and business owners to ...

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Soybean farmers facing issues after planting delayed by rains

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi farmers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season. “We never want to wish away a rain in June,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But growers are and will continue to ...

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Deadline approaching for PNPs affected by spring storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private non-profit (PNP) organizations in Mississippi of the July 11 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between April 28 and May 3, 2014. PNPs that provide non-critical services located in the following counties are eligible to apply:  Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, ...

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Rain puts state's rice farmers behind schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — With Mississippi’s rice crop about two weeks later than normal, growers will have narrow windows of opportunity to perform necessary management as it grows. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 92 percent of rice was planted by June 1. Seventy-four percent of the crop that has emerged was in good to excellent condition. Bobby Golden, Mississippi Agricultural ...

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With clear skies, farmers look to get planting back on schedule

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Frequent rains kept farmers indoors through much of April, but clear weather in early May allowed them to play catch-up on row-crop planting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that planting of most of the state’s row crops is back on schedule after the wet early spring. Corn is the first crop planted in Mississippi and much ...

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Some non-profits eligible for post-tornado assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans are available as a result of a presidential disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding on April 28–May 3. PNPs are eligible ...

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