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Farm Bureau providing relief to uninsured members

JACKSON — The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation announced that Farm Bureau members who sustained uninsured agriculture-related losses from the April 2011 tornadoes and May-June 2011 river flooding are eligible for disaster relief funds from the Mississippi Farm Bureau Foundation and Relief Fund. “We understand that many of our members have had their entire lives changed by the recent tornadoes and ...

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Impacted owners eligible for forest restoration funding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Landowners impacted by recent tornadoes may be eligible to receive financial assistance for reforestation efforts through the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). The purpose of the EFRP is to make payments available to owners of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land who are approved for program participation and carry out measures to restore land that is damaged by ...

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USDA Rural Development: Ready to assist flood victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — USDA Rural Development’s Mississippi offices are preparing for quick response to any damage caused by massive floods expected later in the month, according to state director Trina George. “We have been working with the office of Gov. Haley Barbour and with MEMA, and we have had officials in attendance at the FEMA meetings,” said George. “We are ...

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Delta Council alters annual meeting agenda due to flood

CLEVELAND — The business session and format of the 76th Annual Delta Council Meeting, slated for May 6 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, has been adjusted to account for the unprecedented high water facing the Mississippi Delta. Delta Council president Cass Pennington said that all activities associated with the business session of the meeting will be suspended ...

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Winds cause collapse of historic Red Barn

ROLLING FORK — The US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District (Corps) has been notified by local officials in Rolling Fork that the south wall of the structure commonly referred to as the Red Barn collapsed. This also caused the barn roof to collapse. Corps historic preservation specialists, architects and archaeologists have been in consultation with the State Historic Preservation ...

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Levee Board suing EPA over Yazoo Pump

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Officials charged with protecting the lower Mississippi Delta from devastating floods have filed a court appeal in support of completion of the Yazoo Backwater Project, a flood-control project that has been derailed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The appeal was filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by the board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners. ...

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Cicada ‘invasion’ poses threat to trees across the state

Residents in Northeast Mississippi this spring are looking at some sleepless nights, and anyone with young hardwood trees on their property are almost certainly going to toss and turn. Entomologists are reporting the emergence of a brood of periodical cicadas. Unlike the more-familiar annual cicadas, periodical cicadas emerge every 13 years by the countless thousands, their buzzing calls filling the ...

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Cattlemen taking advantage of online sales program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cattle producers and buyers are finding a win-win method of marketing cattle in the Cattlemen’s Exchange and Homeplace Producer Sales. Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is partnering with several organizations and sale barns to offer auctions in Winona and Hattiesburg for cattle that may never pass through either of those cities. Cattle remain on their home farms ...

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Soybean farmers fighting wind, rain, weeds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi soybean farmers have started planting in spite of unpredictable spring weather that has brought strong wind and heavy rains to some areas while leaving other regions dry. About 10 percent to 20 percent of the soybean crop is planted. “We are a little behind where we would like to be normally because the weather has hampered ...

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Agriculture think tank

Situated not a cotton spindle’s throw from historic Highway 1 near the unincorporated community of Scott sits the “think tank” for the Mississippi Delta farmer. There aren’t any ivy walls or backpack-toting coeds on this campus but rest assured, knowledge is at the core of the Scott Learning Center, where cotton, soybeans and corn are “spoken” and the farmer stands ...

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