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EPA approves pesticide for grain sorghum producers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved farmers in the state of Mississippi for the use of sulfoxaflor (CAS Reg. No. 946578-00-3) on sorghum. This specific exemption will aid in controlling the sugarcane aphid (Melanaphis sacchari), which is a destructive pest that can cause damage to the grain sorghum crop. The registered product receiving this exemption is Transfor ...

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Georgia-Pacific buying SPG facilities in three states

HATTIESBURG — Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LP and SPG Holdings, LLC have reached an agreement under which Georgia-Pacific would purchase SPG, a paper goods company that manufactures and converts products for the foodservice industry. SPG has operations in Hattiesburg as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Augusta, Georgia. CIC Partners, a Dallas-based middle market private equity firm, has been lead investor ...

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Cotton acreage expected to soar 40% over 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s cotton producers remain optimistic about a crop that is up significantly in acreage despite frequent planting delays. The state is expected to plant about 400,000 acres of cotton in 2014, about 40 percent more than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on June 15 that cotton was 98 percent planted. USDA rated 65 ...

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Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed in county courts today against ...

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CRAWFORD: A clear choice on Tuesday

By Bill Crawford So, on Tuesday we get a clear choice. We can pick the candidate who wants to save America from Thad Cochran, or the candidate who wants to save Mississippi from Chris McDaniel. To hear McDaniel and his Tea Party cronies tell it, Cochran is joined at the hip with Barack Obama and the cause of everything bad ...

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Application process begins for federal conservation initiative

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Upper Black Creek Watershed Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The NRCS and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are partnering to improve the health and resiliency of the forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. The project ...

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Mississippi State Fair gets new executive director

Veteran venue manager Rick Reno has been named to replace Billy Orr as executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission.   Reno is currently executive director of VenuWorks in Dodge City, Kan. The Louisiana native has more than 40 years in facilities management and is a certified facilities executive recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers. Reno has also ...

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McComb dairy farm wins national environmental award

Special to the MBJ Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn, an organic, 100 percent grass-fed dairy farm in McComb, is one of three national winners of the “People & Planet Award” presented by Green America, a national green economy organization. The award recognizes innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. Each of three winners ...

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Soybean farmers facing issues after planting delayed by rains

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi farmers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season. “We never want to wish away a rain in June,” said Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist. “But growers are and will continue to ...

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Coalition of ag producers form 'Farmers for Thad'

Thus far in his bid to win reelection to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Thad Cochran has received support from the state’s agriculture community. Now, a group of farmers is stepping forward to make their pro-Cochran voices louder. Farmers for Thad, a coalition of Mississippi farmers representing the state’s agricultural production base, has come together to support Cochran’s bid for reelection ...

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