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Early results from Delta water conservation project said positive

By JACK WEATHERLY Preliminary results from a water conservation experiment in the Mississippi Delta are encouraging, according to partners in the field trial. A collaboration by PrecisionKing, C Spire and the JF Phillips Farm shows water usage already has been reduced by up to 53 percent for corn fields and from 50 to 65 percent for soybean plots since the ...

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Mississippi’s commercial red drum season opens Saturday

The commercial fishing season for Red Drum will open at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources say in a release that the annual total allowable catch for commercial Red Drum is 60,000 pounds (27,215 kilograms). If the quota is reached before Dec. 31, the season will be closed until Jan. 1, 2019.

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Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens Friday

Mississippi’s alligator hunting season opens at noon Friday for 10 days. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says a total of 930 permits in seven hunting zones statewide were offered in two random drawings in mid-June. There were over 4,000 applicants. The department’s alligator program coordinator, Ricky Flynt, says he’s expecting high participation among hunters during the season, ...

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Farmers to get aid on Chinese tariff impact

By JACK WEATHERLY Willard Jacks, Mississippi representative on the American Soybean Association board, said in June regarding the looming Chinese tariff that “we’ve got a couple of months to get this resolved.” While the two countries have not resolved the issue, the United States has come up with a stopgap measure. That was announced Monday, about two months later. U.S. ...

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Australian firm to invest $20 million in Greenville plant, create 68 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Crop protection company Nufarm Limited has purchased a 104,000-square-foot plant from the city of Greenville as part of a $20 million investment that will create 68 jobs over the next four years. Headquartered in Australia, Nufarm is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of herrbicides and pesticides and specialtyseeds. The company will be located in the former ...

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Mississippi trims zone aimed to stop spread of deer disease

Mississippi officials are setting new rules about feeding wildlife and hog trapping in an effort to control a debilitating deer disease. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted last week to ban feeding and require permits for hog trapping in Warren County, as well as most of Issaquena and Sharkey counties. No deer carcasses can be transported outside ...

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Black soybean farmers claim they were sold faulty seeds

Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds. But as the plants began to grow, Hall, Grayer and other black farmers who bought certified seeds from Stine Seed ...

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Southern AgCredit welcomes new staff members

Southern AgCredit, a cooperative lender that specializes in financing rural land and agricultural operations in Mississippi and Louisiana, recently added two employees. Kirby Keith joins Southern AgCredit in the position of credit analyst in the co-op’s Ridgeland administrative office. A native of Decatur, Keith now resides in Madison, with his wife, Stephanie. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi GOP candidates quiet on Trump tariffs and bailout

Agriculture is a huge part of Mississippi’s economy and soybeans are a major export.   The tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, particularly on China, have resulted in retaliatory tariffs impacting U.S. exports, including soybeans.    “Tariffs are the greatest,” Trump recently tweeted. But when farmers and farm state politicians started complaining, Trump suddenly came up with a scheme to provide a ...

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State acquires 18,000 acres in south Mississippi Delta

Nearly 18,000 acres (7,000 hectares) in Mississippi’s Delta region have been acquired by the state in the largest piece of land it has bought in 40 years. The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday the sale of the Steele Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Issaquena and Warren counties was announced last week. It’s expected to open in 2019. The area offers some of Mississippi’s ...

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