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Ag commodities groups identify priorites for research, education

ABERDEEN — Advocates for agriculture met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona to identify priorities for research and Extension Service education programs at Mississippi State University. Scientists from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, specialists with the MSU Extension Service and almost 250 members of the North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council spent the day ...

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Ag researcher sees good times ahead for farmers

He has the same name as a famous comedian and even though he’s serious about the work he does, Mississippi’s Steve Martin can be humorous too. He serves as the head of the Delta Research & Extension Center and extension professor at the Mississippi State University facility in Stoneville. His areas of research include production agriculture, rice and cotton marketing, ...

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Even with record year, farmers are still hurting

Despite a challenging year of bad weather and a faltering economy, Mississippi agriculture set a new value record year in 2011, according to a report form the Mississippi State University Extension Service. However, spiraling input costs as well as financial woes at home and abroad and an angry Mother Nature put a squeeze on farmers’ bottom line last year. The ...

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Farmers' deadline extended in Bayer CropScience settlement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750-million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience mistakenly sold genetically modified seed in the United States. The original deadline was Oct. 10, but Bayer extended it to Nov. 21, attorney Don Downing of St. Louis — one of the lead attorneys in ...

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Deadline nearing for Bayer CropScience claims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The deadline is approaching for rice farmers to submit claims in order to share in the settlement of a lawsuit against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice that was inadvertently introduced into the U.S. market. Bayer has agreed to a $750 million settlement. Farmers have until Oct. 10 to submit claims. Richard Coffman, an attorney who represents ...

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Hot, dry weather taking toll on state's rice crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The yield of early-planted rice looks good so far, but only time will tell how seriously the high heat of early August will cut into yields from later-planted fields. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said harvest began in mid-August and will proceed at full speed until completed, probably by the first ...

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Contaminated money

Mississippi rice farmers can start lining up for money from a recent $750-million, multi-state settlement with Bayer CropScience involving the accidental release of genetically modified rice in the U.S. food chain that negatively impacted sales to foreign markets. But while the settlement is welcome relief, some rice producers are expressing regret that the case ever went to trial and the ...

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Bayer settles contamination case with rice farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — German conglomerate Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company’s unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices. The litigation goes back to 2006, when Bayer disclosed that an experimental strain of genetically altered rice was ...

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Rice crop escapes flood, but off to tough start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fields along the Mississippi River may be flooded, but the majority of the state’s rice crop is farther inland and needs either more water or time to dry after heavy rains caused other rivers to overflow. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rice fields do not need to be flooded until ...

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