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Black soybean farmers returning to court in seed lawsuit

Some black farmers from Mississippi and Tennessee are returning to federal court for a hearing on their lawsuit claiming a seed company sold them faulty soybean seeds because of their race. Stine Seed Co. has denied accusations that a salesman sold thousands of dollars’ worth of defective seeds to the farmers because they are black. The farmers allege the seeds ...

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Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans

The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid. Private exporters reported sales of 1.13 million metric tons of soybeans to ...

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Bill orders sale of land near lake to development group

A southwest Mississippi group will be able to buy some land around a reservoir following Congress’ passage this week of the farm bill. The bill orders the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to sell 150 acres of land in the Homochitto National Forest in Franklin County to the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance. The Enterprise-Journal reports that the alliance, a coalition of ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: The Green Rush — Hemp may be the savior for Mississippi agriculture

The struggles of the Mississippi Delta and Mississippi farmers are well documented. But relief may be on the horizon if the State of Mississippi is willing and able to build the infrastructure necessary to capture its share of an agricultural market that is expected to increase from $820 million this year to $22 billion in 2022.  Yes, you read that ...

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Mississippi announces second deer found with fatal disease

A second case of a debilitating deer disease has been found in Mississippi. The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced Friday that a white-tailed deer found Oct. 8 in Pontotoc County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The contagious and fatal neurological disease typically causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. The ...

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US, South African farmers cry fowl over Trump metal tariffs

Which came first, the chicken or the trade war? Well before President Donald Trump began slapping tariffs on steel, aluminum and other imported goods, there was a deal with South Africa that gave U.S. chicken producers duty-free access to a market that had effectively been shut to them for years. But that trade deal, worth tens of millions of dollars ...

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Nation’s largest egg producer buying Texas egg farm

The nation’s largest producer of fresh eggs is buying a Texas egg producer. Cal-Maine Foods of Jackson, Mississippi, announced Wednesday that it would buy Featherland Egg Farms. Featherland has 600,000 egg-laying hens and a feed mill and other facilities near Marion, Texas, outside San Antonio. No price or other terms were announced. Cal-Maine says it expects to complete the purchase ...

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Mississippi timber site removed from EPA Superfund list

A Mississippi timber site the U.S. Environmental Protection Service targeted for cleanup nearly two decades ago has been removed from the agency’s Superfund list. The Hattiesburg American reports Davis Timber Co. in Lamar County was targeted for cleanup because of groundwater, soil and sediment contamination by the facility. The 30-acre site was just one of 18 sites deleted Wednesday from ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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Shares plunge after Cal-Maine fails to meet expectations

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday that its net income for the fiscal first quarter was $12.4 million, or 26 per share, compared with a loss of $16 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter that ended on Sept. 1 was $340.6 million, 29.6 percent increase ove $262.8 million. Despite ...

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