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MSU assistant research professor honored by national forage group

An agronomy expert at Mississippi State is a selection this year for a major national honor from the American Forage and Grassland Council. Assistant Research Professor Jesse Morrison received the professional organization’s Early Career Award and accepted the recognition at the AFGC annual conference during the spring semester. The award honors an individual under the age of 40 who has ...

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MSU experts: no Asian hornets in Mississippi

News reports of a new, invasive hornet spotted in the Northwest has heightened people’s awareness of flying insects recently. The Asian giant hornet, also called a murder hornet, has been confirmed in the state of Washington. Mississippians likely will not see the aggressive species for some time, if at all, said Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist Blake Layton. However, ...

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Stack of challenges await Delta Council annual meeting reset for fall

LEADERS CITE PROGRESS ON YAZOO BACKWATER DRAINAGE EFFORT EDITOR’S NOTE: Delta Council President Tom Gresham made the following clarification to this article: In the reporters third person account of the project, he made the following statement: “The Council would like to see an additional 200,000 acres in the South Delta planted but first must prevail in a decades-long effort to ...

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Mississippi ag industry holds on as virus rattles supply chains  

By JACK WEATHERLY National news reports have grabbed attention with footage of vast amounts of milk being dumped and mounds of vegetables that were buried in the fields that grew them. Those are two of the many effects of the corona virus pandemic on the nation’s food supply. The milk and vegetables had to be discarded because of a widely ...

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Cal-Maine denies allegations in price-gouging lawsuit

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. on Friday denied that it was practicing price-gouging during the Covid-19 pandemic. The response came after the attorney general for Texas filed suit the previous day. “There has always been great volatility in the egg pricing market,” the Jackson-based company said in a release. “The Covid-19 pandemic caused a massive disruption in every sector of the economy, ...

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Sanderson Farms remains focused on quality service

By LYNN LOFTON The current health concerns are accompanied by economic concerns as businesses remain closed and the stock market takes a beating. As the third largest poultry producer in the country and the  only Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Mississippi, Sanderson Farms has been proactively reassuring customers, bankers and investors. CEO Joe Sanderson and Vice President Mike Cockrell shared ...

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Staple Cotton hires Tatum for marketing team

Staple Cotton Cooperative Association (Staplcotn) has announced the addition of Crawford A. Tatum to its marketing team.  He began on April 7, as Director of Economic Research and Market Risk Analyst. Tatum, a graduate of Auburn University, began his career in 1997 by joining The Montgomery Company in Opelika, Alabama. After gaining six years of valuable experience and a broad ...

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Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. That ...

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Cal-Maine founder dies; egg company turns quarterly profit

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday announced that Fred R. Adams, Jr., the company’s founder and chairman emeritus, died Sunday at the age of 88 following an extended illness. Adams founded Adams Egg Co. in 1957, which was the predecessor to Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., which incorporated in 1969. He served as chairman and CEO until 2012. Under his ...

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Sanderson Farms outlines COVID-19 steps it’s taking

Sanderson Farms Inc.reported on Monday it is taking measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “With so much uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, and the changes we face in our daily lives, Sanderson Farms wants to reassure our customers, consumers and communities that we will continue to process and ship high-quality, safe and affordable poultry products,” Joe F. Sanderson, chairman and chief executive ...

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