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MSU’s Gore appointed to Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities federal advisory committee

Mississippi State University research professor Jeffrey Gore was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. He is one of 33 new committee members. Gore, an entomologist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and MSU Extension, is based at Mississippi State’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Established in 2008, the FRRCC ...

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Catfish producers eligible for assistance program

Catfish producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have the opportunity to provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture information on why they should be eligible for economic assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Farmers can take two steps to help ensure they are eligible to apply for and receive direct monetary payments once funding is determined. First, producers can submit ...

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MSU assistant research professor honored by national forage group

An agronomy expert at Mississippi State is a selection this year for a major national honor from the American Forage and Grassland Council. Assistant Research Professor Jesse Morrison received the professional organization’s Early Career Award and accepted the recognition at the AFGC annual conference during the spring semester. The award honors an individual under the age of 40 who has ...

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Stack of challenges await Delta Council annual meeting reset for fall

LEADERS CITE PROGRESS ON YAZOO BACKWATER DRAINAGE EFFORT EDITOR’S NOTE: Delta Council President Tom Gresham made the following clarification to this article: In the reporters third person account of the project, he made the following statement: “The Council would like to see an additional 200,000 acres in the South Delta planted but first must prevail in a decades-long effort to ...

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Mississippi ag industry holds on as virus rattles supply chains  

By JACK WEATHERLY National news reports have grabbed attention with footage of vast amounts of milk being dumped and mounds of vegetables that were buried in the fields that grew them. Those are two of the many effects of the corona virus pandemic on the nation’s food supply. The milk and vegetables had to be discarded because of a widely ...

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Cal-Maine denies allegations in price-gouging lawsuit

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. on Friday denied that it was practicing price-gouging during the Covid-19 pandemic. The response came after the attorney general for Texas filed suit the previous day. “There has always been great volatility in the egg pricing market,” the Jackson-based company said in a release. “The Covid-19 pandemic caused a massive disruption in every sector of the economy, ...

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Sanderson Farms remains focused on quality service

By LYNN LOFTON The current health concerns are accompanied by economic concerns as businesses remain closed and the stock market takes a beating. As the third largest poultry producer in the country and the  only Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Mississippi, Sanderson Farms has been proactively reassuring customers, bankers and investors. CEO Joe Sanderson and Vice President Mike Cockrell shared ...

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Rural lending co-op hires chief financial officer 

Southern AgCredit, a rural lending cooperative, recently hired Richard Palmer as chief financial officer in its Ridgeland administrative office. Richard is a certified public accountant, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including state and national public accounting societies. He has 14 ...

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Sanderson reports $38.6 million loss for quarter; remains optimistic for 2020

Sanderson Farms Inc. reports a net loss of $38.6 million, or, $1.76 per share, for the first fiscal quarter compared with a net loss of $17.8 million, or 82 cents per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2019., Net sales were $823.1 million, compared with $743.4 million for the same period a year earlier. Stocks for Laurel-based Sanderson, the nation’s third-largest producer of poultry, ...

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Poultry, timber remain Mississippi’s top crops in 2019

Poultry and timber remain atop Mississippi’s agricultural economy. Broilers, eggs and chickens brought nearly $2.8 billion to the state’s economy while timber brought in about $1.5 billion, according to Mississippi State University. Severance taxes collected from timber sales are expected to be up from both 2018 and 2019, though final figures won’t be in until February. Poultry was down 3% ...

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