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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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Southern AgCredit hires information technology specialist

Southern AgCredit, a rural lending cooperative, recently hired Wesley Head as information technology specialist in its administrative office in Ridgeland. Head graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University. Prior to joining the co-op, he owned and operated his family technology company, Head Technology Group Inc. He and his wife live in Canton with their five children.

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Sanderson stops antibiotics use but lawsuit still active

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. said it would on March 1 stop using antibiotics in its poultry that are vital to fighting infections in humans. The Laurel-based firm, the nation’s third-largest poultry producer, has fought a lawsuit brought by consumer groups in June 2017 against use of such antibiotics. Sanderson is the last major producer to stop using the ...

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Mississippi Farm Bureau Woman of the Year helps grow knowledge of agriculture

By BECKY GILLETTE   If there was ever a superwoman of agriculture in Mississippi, it has to be Cala Tabb of Eupora, who was named Mississippi Farm Bureau Woman of the Year in 2018. She and her husband, Billy Tabb, recently spent four days lobbying on trade and farm policy in Washington D.C. Several years ago, the couple won the ...

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Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. Many agricultural loans come due around Jan. 1, in part to give producers enough time to sell crops and ...

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Sanderson Farms records loss for quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. reported on Tuesday a net loss of $17.8 million, or 82 cents per share, for the first fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 31. Net sales for the period were $743.4 million, compared with $771.9 million for the year-earlier period, the company said in a news release. The consensus of analysts for FactSet was for ...

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C Spire, Mississippi Delta farmers ready to expand smart agriculture solutions

Buoyed by a highly successful Tech Movement pilot program that uses new automated irrigation techniques to boost row crop yields while conserving water, C Spire is ready to expand its partnership with farmers and smart equipment firms to provide network and information technology support for precision agriculture applications. Precision King and JF Phillips Farm teamed up with C Spire, a ...

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Cal-Maine misses sales target; shares take a hit

By Jack Weatherly Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported a net income of $21.8 million, or 45 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2019, compared with a loss of $26.1 million, or 54 cents per share a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended Dec.1 were $356 million, a 1.4 percent decrease from $361.2 million for the ...

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Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA had planned to release the closely watched reports Jan. 11 but said that even if the shutdown ended immediately, the ...

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