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Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising. Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states, especially in 2012, resulted in tighter supplies, while consumer demand for beef has remained strong. “Each producer has one question to ask before buying an additional cow to expand ...

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'Blue Economy' important for Mississippi's future

A new study looking at Mississippi’s maritime industries spotlights the importance of shipbuilding, fishing, oceanography and marine technology as a dominant force in the state’s economy. The data show that in the three coastal counties, about 51,000 people – 35 percent of the entire workforce – are employed in so- called blue industries. And it’s not just the Mississippi Gulf ...

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Mississippi Farmers Market adjusts winter schedule

The last shopping day of the year for the Mississippi Farmers Market will be December 20, 2014. The regular schedule will resume on January 31, 2015, with operating hours on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each year, the Market takes this time for cleaning and maintenance of the building and grounds. The Farmer’s Table Restaurant, located inside of ...

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Mississippi volunteers donate quilts to wounded veterans

COLLINS — Nearly a dozen veterans left south Mississippi with fuller luggage after Covington County quilters surprised them with early Christmas gifts. Members of the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers spent months piecing together fabric in anticipation of the annual Hot Coffee Hunts for Heroes welcome dinner on Dec. 12. The meal, which included a fish fry with all the trimmings, brought ...

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Summit explores efficient water usage across the Delta

STONEVILLE — Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year. More than 200 farmers, ag consultants, natural resource professionals and others with connections to agriculture met at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center on Dec. 10 to review options. The Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task ...

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Man survives grain bin fall after five-hour rescue

WATERFORD — A man has been rescued after falling in a soybean bin in rural north Mississippi. Authorities say 57-year-old Larry Mitchell was brought out of the bin late yesterday after nearly five hours of work by the Waterford Fire Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to free him. Crews cut away parts of the bin to lower the ...

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Ag Museum to be closed through November; no evidence of arson

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1. Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events. Three buildings — a children’s barnyard, a veterinary educational building and a maintenance ...

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Demand outstripping Christmas tree supply as growers retire

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers who want Mississippi-grown Christmas trees to deck their halls should shop early for the best selection every year. “Choose-and-cut Christmas tree production in Mississippi is fairly flat because there are growers each year who retire,” said Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Growers still in the business are producing more ...

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Bioplastics company Solaplast puts plant in operation

MERIDIAN — Solaplast, a company that converts algae from commercial catfish ponds into plastics, has opened a plant in Lauderdale County. The company is a division of Algix LLC in Athens, Georgia. CEO Mike Van Drunen, who along with other company representatives hosted an open house of the facility on Friday, says the plant will produce millions of pounds of ...

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