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Mississippi shrimp season opens Thursday

Shrimping in Mississippi waters opens Thursday. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2019-2020 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport ...

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Beyond rivers, Midwestern floodwaters hurt seafood catches

Floodwaters carried down from the Midwest are killing oysters and driving crabs, shrimp and finfish out of Louisiana and Mississippi bays and marshes to saltier waters. So it’s a bad year for many people who make their living from the water. Brad Robin says his family controls about 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) of oyster leases in Louisiana. He says that ...

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Organic fertilizer supplement maker to invest $8M, hiring 25

A Florida company that makes organic fertilizer supplements will open a north Mississippi factory, investing $8 million and hiring 25 people. Humic Growth Solutions says it has bought a building in Sardis and plans to begin making and distributing products there by February. The Jacksonville, Florida, company has bought a 65,000-square-foot (6,000-sq. meter) building, planning a 6,000-square-foot (550-sq. meter) addition. ...

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Hyde-Smith asks Trump for pumps to ease flooding

Faced with weeks more flooding in a part of Mississippi that’s been underwater since February, one of the state’s U.S. senators on Wednesday asked President Donald Trump to order temporary pumps to the area to begin pumping water over the levee and into the already-swollen Mississippi River. In a letter to Trump , Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith also renewed her ...

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Mississippi River spillway opening indefinitely postponed

Plans to open a major Mississippi River spillway have been canceled. Part of the Morganza Spillway structure northwest of Baton Rouge had been scheduled to open Sunday. But a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Thursday that the opening has been indefinitely postponed. Sunday’s opening had been planned to keep the river from overtopping the structure. However, spokesman Ricky ...

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FLOODS AND TARIFFS — Farmers fight nature and trade war to keep heads above water

By JACK WEATHERLY Even with the latest federal “bailout,” the best outlook is break-even for Mississippi row-crop farmers who have been hammered by Chinese tariffs and inundated by flooding, says Dr. Josh Maples, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University. Prices for soybeans were low at the beginning of the year. Then came the floods that swamped roughly ...

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Sanderson Farms income and sales up for quarter

By Jack Weatherly Sanderson Farms Inc. reports that for its second fiscal quarter, ending April 30, net income was $40.6 million, or $1.83 per share, compared with net income of $41.9 million, or $1.84 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Net sales for the second quarter were $845.2 million compared with $813.5 million for the year-earlier period. Laurel-based Sanderson ...

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No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

HOLLY BLUFF, Miss. — Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta. Four months into what seems like a never-ending flood, he’s trying to stay busy. He pressure-washed his church, and he’s been ...

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Sanderson Farms hikes minimum hourly pay to $15

    MBJ staff Sanderson Farms Inc. announced Tuesday that it will increase pay rates for the company’s hourly employees beginning June 2. Hourly line operators who have been employed with the company for at least 90 days will be compensated to an increased rate of at least $15 an hour. The new pay scale for Sanderson Farms truck drivers ...

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Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg. But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising, as ...

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