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Barbour seeks disaster declaration

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the Obama Administration to declare six north Mississippi disaster areas following severe weather that killed six in the state. A declaration would give residents and business owners access to federal government assistance programs. The severe weather system spawned two tornadoes and heavy rain on May 1-2. Several homes and businesses were destroyed ...

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Farmers finally see hope for disaster relief

Federal and state aid possible for producers Just a handful of weeks ago, it looked as if Mississippi’s farming community would see no assistance to offset the severe crop losses suffered last year. They were looking at swallowing losses estimated at nearly $500 million — the worst loss in a half-century — on their own. Now, it appears help may ...

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Cochran co-sponsors interest-waiving bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would offer assistance to small businesses on the Gulf Coast by waiving interest payments on disaster-related loans issued after recent hurricanes. Cochran is cosponsoring the Southeast Hurricanes Small Business Disaster Relief Act (S.2986), which would direct the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a disaster relief program for small businesses ...

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Sweet potato growers could see state aid

JACKSON — The state Senate has passed a bill to establish a fund to provide loans to sweet potato farmers, many of whom lost much of their crop last year because of the unusually heavy rains during harvest time. Under the bill, a sweet potato farmer could apply for a 2.5 percent interest rate loan. They would have five to ...

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Senate passes disaster relief for farmers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has passed important provisions introduced by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) as well as Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to provide timely disaster assistance to producers facing severe crop loss from last fall’s heavy rains and floods. Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) has led the effort to pass disaster assistance in the House, joining ...

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Cellular South offers service to aid Chileans

RIDGELAND — Cellular South is making it easy for customers to help earthquake-ravaged victims in Chile by sending a text message from their mobile device to support the Red Cross International Relief Fund efforts. To donate $10 to the Red Cross relief efforts, customers can type the word “CHILE” and send it to “90999” via text message from their mobile ...

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Leaders still pushing for disaster relief

WASHINGTON — One of the reasons Stephen Bailey started growing sweet potatoes on his farm near Vardaman was that commodity carried no guarantees of government assistance in case of a disaster. Bailey, who has been growing sweet potatoes since 1998, figured he would either make it or not on his own. Thus, he represents a distinct minority in the state’s ...

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FTC: Give wisely to Haiti

In the wake of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warns consumers to choose carefully when considering urgent appeals for aid in the news, online and at social networking sites. The best way to provide immediate help is to donate money directly to established national relief organizations that have the experience and means ...

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Final crop loss estimate awaited

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Today, Dr. John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist at Mississippi State University, was pulling together figures for a final update on the crop losses suffered in the state from flooding fall rains. Riley had been waiting for farmers to get out of the fields to determine if the nearly $485-million, 30.3-percent crop loss estimate released in November ...

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