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State’s ‘Big 4’ row crops post record yields in 2014


By LINDA BREAZEALE   STARKVILLE -— Mother Nature may deserve most of the credit, but management decisions by some “boots on the ground” also contributed to Mississippi’s record yields in cotton, soybeans, corn and rice in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the official cotton yield averages, placing Mississippi fields at an all-time high of 1,232 pounds per acre. ...

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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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Despite weather challenges, sweet potato growers optimistic

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In spite of recent rains, the state’s sweet potato growers have a lot to be excited about this harvest season. “Growers set the majority of the crop back in late May and June under ideal conditions,” said Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “We had good root set, which means the ...

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USDA: State's winter wheat harvest up 14 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s winter wheat harvest grew 14 percent this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the total yesterday, saying the state’s farmers reaped 22.3 million bushels, up from 19.7 million in 2012. The number of acres harvested in the state rose 12 percent to 385,000. Yield grew slightly to 58 bushels per acre. Mississippi’s yield is much ...

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Vilsack: USDA to give $3M-plus for energy, health, farm programs

JACKSON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced more than $3 million in funding for renewable energy projects, projects to improve public health in the Mississippi Delta region and awards to support small farmers. Vilsack made the announcement today during a town hall meeting in Jackson. Vilsack says in a news release that the funds will help improve rural health ...

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Ag Secretary Vilsack to tour MSU tomorrow

STARKVILLE — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will tour the campus at Mississippi State University tomorrow and will be briefed on research projects funded by his agency. MSU was involved in nearly $97 million in agriculture research during the 2011 fiscal year. MSU officials say Vilsack will tour research projects at the university’s R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center, ...

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Man accused of impersonating USDA official asks for trial delay

OXFORD — A lawyer has asked to delay the Oct. 7 trial of man charged with impersonating an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to collect deposits from people in a rental housing program. Willie McCain was indicted July 24 on three counts. The indictment says he solicited the money in April 2012 from people in Greenwood participating in ...

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Corn disease spreading; experts expect it here

A bacterial infection of corn called Goss’s wilt has been confirmed in four northeast Louisiana parishes — the farthest south it has been found, the LSU AgCenter says. And though it hasn’t yet shown up in Mississippi and Arkansas, experts there say it’s sure to happen. The disease creates circular patches of dead and wilting corn, said AgCenter plant pathologist ...

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Stoneville scientist's work gets worldwide attention

STONEVILLE — A Stoneville researcher’s work to eliminate a particularly pernicious corn pest has attracted international collaboration. Hamed Abbas, a plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, and Cesare Accinelli, a microbiologist with the University of Bologna in Italy, are researching chemical-free methods — employing bioplastics — to prevent aflatoxin contamination of corn crops. “The concept ...

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County takes out USDA loan to buy lans for wood pellet plant

LUCEDALE — George County supervisors have signed off on $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to pay for land where a new wood pellet plant will go. The Mississippi Press reports that the USDA rural development loans will be used to purchase the property that will expand the George County Industrial Park. Green Circle Bio Energy Inc. announced ...

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