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Rice planting halted by frequent rains

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STARKVILLE — On paper, Mississippi’s rice crop is right on schedule, with half the crop planted by late April, but the reality is that recent rains have left planting at a near standstill. In the Crop Progress and Condition Report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated 49 percent of the state’s rice was planted and 30 percent emerged by April 26. Those ...

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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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Pangasius exporters upset Cochran beat back repeal of catfish inspection rule

The new five-year farm bill the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate compromised on this week  failed to cut out the U.S. catfish inspection program, putting a barrier on catfish imports into the United States. As written into the 2008 Farm Bill, the $14 million per year program would assign inspection of catfish imports to the United States Department of ...

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Drought grips farmland in much of South, Midwest

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The combination of heat and scarce amounts of rain intensified the drought in several agriculturally significant states, contributing to declining crop conditions in parts of the Midwest and South. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a separate report today the expected record corn harvest and third-largest soybean crop are on track, since areas that aren’t ...

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USDA confirms illegal mistreatment of pigs at vendor to Mississippi schools

» PETA Renews Call for Education Chief to Tear Up Contract With Company   JACKSON, Mississippi — Following a PETA complaint, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigated and has released its findings of multiple violations of the federal humane slaughter law at Southern Quality Meats, Inc. (SQM), a Pontotoc slaughterhouse that supplies sausage to the state’s schools. The USDA ...

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Report: Numerous meat-processing plants unsanitary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that more than two dozen Mississippi slaughterhouses and poultry meat processing plants have violated sanitation or food safety guidelines over the past decade — and most did both. The newspaper analyzed records from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service database of enforcement action against federally inspected facilities. It says that 50 such facilities ...

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Leaders of ag panels dispute GAO claim of duplicate foreign catfish inspections

The Government Accounting Office is muddying the waters with its claim that the government is unnecessarily doubling up on imported catfish inspections, say Republican leaders on both the House and Senate agriculture committees. The GAO insists needless duplication is occurring with mandates that both the Food & Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture handle catfish inspections. House Agriculture Chairman ...

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Economists receive grant

A team of Mississippi State University agricultural economists recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study policies impacting biofuel supply chains. Keith Coble, a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor at MSU, is the principal investigator for a project to develop a policy evaluation model to assess how state or federal policies might impact the development of the Southeastern ...

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Global warming? Half of all U.S. counties now considered disaster areas because of drought

ST. LOUIS  — Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all ...

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Clarksdale's Easley retiring from USDA

Oby Easley of Clarksdale is retiring after 27 years of service as county director of USDA-FSA in Coahoma County. Stovall is retiring after serving as location coordinator of the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

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