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Mississippi farmers can start applying for hemp license

Mississippi farmers or those interested in becoming farmers can start applying for hemp grower licenses. The Daily Leader reports the license application period began Saturday and runs through Oct. 31 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Industrial hemp has been promoted as a new cash crop for struggling farmers. Hemp is a member of the cannabis plant family but contains ...

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COVID-19 puts brakes on Mississippi catfish sales

STONEVILLE • Cash flow challenges are the latest struggle for Mississippi catfish producers, as product sales to their biggest consumers – restaurants – are way down due to COVID-19. “Even though prices are relatively stable, it has no meaning when producers are unable to sell their products,” said Ganesh Kumar, an agricultural economist at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and ...

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Cal-Maine: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $60.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Jackson, Mississippi-based company said it had net income of $1.24 per share. The egg producer posted revenue of $453.3 million in the period. For the year, the company reported profit of $18.4 million, or 38 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are Mississippi farmers the next government dependents?

Perhaps you read the hyperbolic rant published by former state representative and unsuccessful GOP governor candidate Robert Foster that slammed “Dictator” Gov. Tate Reeves for his recent coronavirus executive order. Besides opposing Reeves’ mask mandate for 13 counties, the “truth” telling Foster lambasted “Communist Democrats”, “coward politicians’, and “Cancel Culture Liberals”, touted “what’s left of free America”, and named those ...

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Southern AgCredit promotes Pam Vitteck

Southern AgCredit recently promoted Pam Vitteck to senior loan closer. Vitteck holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. Vitteck joined Southern AgCredit in 2013 as a loan administrator. “Pam has done an excellent job serving local ...

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MSU doctoral student honored for agronomy research

A Mississippi State graduate student is being recognized this year as a Future Leader in Science, an honor bestowed by the agronomy tri-societies—the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. Charles “Hunt” Walne, an MSU agronomy doctoral student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, earlier this year was one of ...

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MSU’s Gore appointed to Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities federal advisory committee

Mississippi State University research professor Jeffrey Gore was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. He is one of 33 new committee members. Gore, an entomologist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and MSU Extension, is based at Mississippi State’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Established in 2008, the FRRCC ...

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Catfish producers eligible for assistance program

Catfish producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture information on why they should be eligible for economic assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Farmers can take two steps to help ensure they are eligible to apply for and receive direct monetary payments once funding is determined. First, producers can submit ...

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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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