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Ag Department offering farmers help with safe produce certification

Mississippi vegetable and fruit growers who want to reap the benefits of the nation’s growing appetite for fresh produce need to show they use safe and sanitary harvesting and crop handling practices. The industry standard is U.S. Department of Agriculture certification through Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits. The testing certifies safe and sanitary practices throughout ...

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Clock runs out on Auburn's iconic oaks at Toomer's Corner

At 7:22 a.m. Tuesday, workers made the first cut to Auburn University’s famed oaks at Toomer’s Corner. From a bucket truck, a worker removed the first branch from the tree on College Street, Mobile’s AL.com reports. Crews then moved back and forth between the two trees, removing large segments of the more than 80-year-old oaks and carting the wood away ...

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PBS puts national spotlight tonight on HOPE's financial literacy efforts

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) and the Mississippi College Savings Account program will be featured on tonight’s (April 19)episode of Need to Know, a nationally broadcast Public Broadcasting System news magazine. MPTV airs the show at 7:30. In recognition of financial literacy month, the show highlights how the program helps families overcome the challenges of paying for advanced education, ...

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Tornado-damaged telecom tower cripples farming efforts

Even if their farms were not in the path of the April 11 tornado, hundreds of farmers will feel the loss of the massive communications tower in Noxubee County. The 300-foot-tall microwave tower located in the middle of a soybean field just northeast of Macon provided about 200 farmers and others with broadband Internet and with GPS signals that guide ...

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Late plantings could dim prospects for price premiums through early crop deliveries

Nervousness has not yet set in among Mississippi’s row crop growers but they nonetheless would welcome some dry days to get more planting done. Continuation of the rainy days much past mid April could stir some concern, said John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Corn typically starts going in during early March. Frequent rain ...

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MBJ’s annual business & technology showcase saw huge growth in exhibitors

With the weather warming up outside, nearly a 100 exhibitors inside the Mississippi Trade Mart last week heated up some interest in their products and services as visitors strolled the aisles of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Business & Technology EXPO, the state’s largest business-to-business networking event.. Mercedes-Benz of Jackson salesman Doug White set up shop at a busy corner of ...

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