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Pine beetle infestation under control, Forest Service says

By JACK WEATHERLY The southern pine beetle outbreak that destroyed thousands of pine stands in national forests in Mississippi in 2017 and 2018 apparently is under control, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. The Forest Service identified 23,000 beetle-infested acres in the state’s six national forests in 2017. There are 1.2 million acres in the six forests, excluding two – ...

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Bonnet Carre Spillway shut down as river falls below flood stage

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the weekend completed the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre Spillway north of New Orleans, starting a process that will lead to the return of normal saltwater conditions in the Mississippi Sound. The river at New Orleans fell below flood stage over the weekend. The return to normalcy in the Sound ...

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Rural Lending Co-op hires new employees

Southern AgCredit of Ridgeland, a rural lending cooperative, hired Bradley McDaniel as a loan officer in its Hattiesburg branch and Brittany Miller as an office administrator in its Newton branch. McDaniel holds a BBA in managerial finance from the University of Mississippi and is a 2017 alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining ...

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Cal-Maine records net loss of $19.8 million for quarter

By Jack Weatherly Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported a net loss of $19.8 million, or 41 cents per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 ending June 1, compared with a net income of $71.8 million, or $1.48 per share, for the year-ago period. According to Bloomberg news, the U.S. egg industry has an oversupply issue, and prices are so ...

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DENNIS SEID: Mississippi’s meat law meets new level of meat-headedness

Mississippi has a beef with purveyors of plant-based “meat” products, it seems. In a law that went into effect July 1, “A plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product.” According to supporters of the law, which includes the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the law was passed in order to protect consumers from those meat-free products made ...

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Ole Miss growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous.Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in ...

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Sweetgum trees aid hardwood growth

By: RANDY ROUSSEAU Although sweetgum is not considered a highly desirable species today, it was once a very favored species. Old-growth sweetgum produces heartwood with a much-appreciated reddish color (also known as red gum), and it is even more desirable if the wood is figured. We may not value sweetgum as much as some oak species, such as cherrybark, Shumard ...

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Expert: Mississippi’s wet climate could be tough for hemp

An expert says growing hemp could be risky in Mississippi because of the wet climate and because there’s no federally approved pesticide for the plant. The director of the state Bureau of Plant Industry, Michael Ledlow, spoke Monday during the first meeting of a Hemp Cultivation Task Force at the state Capitol in Jackson, the Clarion Ledger reported. The U.S. ...

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Flood damage at least $2 billion for Mississippi River towns

An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year’s prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage. Heavier than normal snow melt in March and frequent and heavy rains through the spring led to flooding that approached record levels at several towns and cities along the Mississippi and its tributaries. The Mississippi remains well above flood stage ...

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Mississippi Ag Museum continues recovery from 2014 fire

A new exhibit barn has opened at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, years after a fire damaged some buildings. The state agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, opened the barn and a maintenance shop Friday at the museum in Jackson. The barn has more than 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of heavy timber construction exhibit space. Ten antique tractors and ...

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