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Mississippi ag chief hails China pact

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson applauded President Donald Trump for signing Phase One of the Economic and Trade Agreement with China on Wednesday. “I applaud President Trump’s persistence in negotiating new trade deals that will benefit American industries, especially agriculture,” Gipson said in a release. “Agriculture is Mississippi’s [No. 1] industry, and it has been greatly affected by trade disputes with China.  Our ...

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Cal-Maine chalks up net loss of $10.1 million

By JACK WEATHERLY Still struggling with a market oversupplied with eggs, Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday reported a net loss of $10.1 million, or 21 cents per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, compared with a net income of $21.8 million, or 45 cents per share a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter ending Nov. 30 were ...

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Poultry, timber remain Mississippi’s top crops in 2019

Poultry and timber remain atop Mississippi’s agricultural economy. Broilers, eggs and chickens brought nearly $2.8 billion to the state’s economy while timber brought in about $1.5 billion, according to Mississippi State University. Severance taxes collected from timber sales are expected to be up from both 2018 and 2019, though final figures won’t be in until February. Poultry was down 3% ...

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State’s largest industry, agriculture, reaches $7.4B

By NATHAN GREGORY / MSU Extension Service In 2019, Mississippi’s agricultural industry faced the prospect of dipping below $7 billion for the first time in eight years, but federal payments pushed its value up enough to post a slight gain over 2018. The estimated value of Mississippi agriculture in 2019 is $7.39 billion, a 0.2% gain from last year’s $7.37 ...

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Sanderson Farms reports results for fourth quarter and fiscal 2019

Sanderson Farms has reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 were $906.5 million compared with $798.1 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $22.9 million, or $1.05 per share, compared with a net loss ...

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Williams does work around the world promoting soil health and grassfed animal production

By BECKY GILLETTE STARKVILLE — Before a recent interview for this article, Dr. Allen Williams had already answered emails from people in a dozen different countries. “And that happens every day,” said Williams, a sixth-generation farmer who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed protein operations in the country, Joyce Farms Inc., and a founding partner of Soil ...

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Grassfed animal production can be a way to save the family farm

By BECKY GILLETTE Many grassfed animal producers turned to that production method because of evidence that it is healthier for the environment, the animals and people. But another big factor is cost. It can be less costly than purchasing or even growing the grains. Dr. Allen Williams, who is a partner in one of the largest grassfed animal production companies ...

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Delta farmers would benefit having sustainable agriculture

By NASH NUNNERY The bumper sticker on Daniel Doyle’s vehicle perfectly defines his philosophy on sustainable agriculture. “Think before you eat,” it reads. Doyle, a current board member and former director of the non-profit Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, is a passionate advocate for the organic farming movement.  A Massachusetts native who attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi, Doyle ...

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Rural Mississippi is more valuable than ever

By DR. DARYL JONES Hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, enjoying nature and other outdoor activities put dollars in Mississippi’s coffers. In fact, wildlife-related recreation generates economic impact of about $2.9 million per year in the state. A portion of the money spent on wildlife-related recreation ends up in small, rural Mississippi communities that would not see these expenditures otherwise. To enjoy ...

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Christmas tree vendors try to keep up with demand

By ROBERT NATHAN GREGORY Mississippians pondering ideas for a side business could consider investing in land and planting stem cuttings of Leyland and Murray cypress trees. These two varieties, trees that can grow well in a humid climate, are popular choices for live Christmas trees in the state. Each year, Christmas tree growers struggle to meet high demand. Kenneth and ...

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