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Green industry in Mississippi grossed $175 million in 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE When talking about “green” industries, it doesn’t get greener than operations like Salad Days in Flora, a hydroponic farm that is used to grow pesticide-free produce including lettuce and several varieties of tomatoes. The farm operated by Jamie Redmond and Leigh Bailey has a number of environmental benefits: Water usage is minimal making this method easily sustainable. ...

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TODD SMITH — Twitter voices are largely younger, more educated, Democrat

Social media has become our virtual backyard, a go-to place to catch up on news, stars, media personalities politicians, entertainers, sports and so much more. Varied audiences from around the world tune in. So, whose voices make up Twitter users? To examine this question, Pew Research Center recently conducted a national survey of nearly 3,000 U.S. adult Twitter users who ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mississippi conferences and conventions

The Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference is the largest in the state. Held in the summer of each year at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, it is attended by some 3,000 local elected officials, presenters, vendors, and a variety of other parties. It is only one of hundreds of conferences and conventions each year in the Magnolia State. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Prosperity indicators not so good across Mississippi

Mississippi politicians running for re-election or higher office are out, about, and on social media touting how good things are and how they helped make things that way. Well, some things are good, but some are far from good. One is population growth, rather, lack thereof. As Jack Schultz noted in his best seller Boomtown USA, population growth is one ...

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Oxford getting its first brew pub

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com It’s like a bit of jolly old England coming to Oxford, after a detour to Florida, to establish the city’s first brew pub. Tyler White, who is brew master at Grayton Beer Co. in Santa Rosa Beach on the western end of the Florida Panhandle, will move to Mississippi to oversee the making of craft beer ...

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New tax law created one of the most challenging seasons ever faced

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Early in the year, CPAs in Mississippi predicted that the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, which ushered in some of the most major changes in U.S. income tax law seen in a long time, would not necessarily make filing a tax return easier. While the tax reforms benefited both large and small business, and ...

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TODD SMITH: The Tiger Woods brand is pure green & gold

In the wake of winning his 5th Masters in grand style, the Tiger Woods brand is pure gold! And the brands that stuck with him – namely Nike – cashed in big when Tiger won his 15th major, following a drought of championship victories that lasted more than a decade. The value of Woods’ victory for Nike is roughly $22.54 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Capitalism with a strong safety net Is not socialism

Evil socialism is about to take over America and Mississippi. At least that’s the fear-mongering political message these days from President Donald Trump, favored governor candidate Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and their minions. One of America’s great capitalists rejects that approach, contending we should focus more on fixing capitalism than fearing socialism. In his latest annual stockholder report, Jamie Dimon, ...

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