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Delta farmers would benefit having sustainable agriculture

By NASH NUNNERY The bumper sticker on Daniel Doyle’s vehicle perfectly defines his philosophy on sustainable agriculture. “Think before you eat,” it reads. Doyle, a current board member and former director of the non-profit Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, is a passionate advocate for the organic farming movement.  A Massachusetts native who attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi, Doyle ...

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Dairy farmers rocked by weak prices, escalating input costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A mild winter and unusually productive spring means Mississippi dairy farmers are enjoying good milk yield from their cows, but low prices and high input costs are making profits scarce. Lamar Adams, dairy cattle specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said production costs are at or near record highs and milk prices are down about ...

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EPA approves emergency exemption for state's cotton farmers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved an emergency exemption that will help farmers in the Mississippi Delta control tarnished plant bugs in cotton, according to Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith. The tarnished plant bug has become one of the most damaging pests of cotton in recent years, responsible for an estimated $81 million in combined input costs and ...

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Plant pathologist's work could lead to new drug for humans

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University plant pathology researcher’s discovery of an agricultural phenomenon could lead to the development of a new antifungal drug. The potential drug shows significant promise for the treatment of serious fungal infections in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy treatments and those with HIV or AIDS. While MSU holds numerous patents ...

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Peanut producers feeling good about crop, market

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi peanut producers should have a wonderful feeling about the 2012 crop as almost everything is going their way, including buyers from Oklahoma. Mike Howell, state peanut specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said many of the factors favoring Mississippi’s crop this year, started last year. “The 2011 drought in Texas reduced the amount of ...

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Favorable weather allows early planting of cotton

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Warm spring weather sent cotton farmers to the fields as early as the first week of April, and cotton stands are ahead of normal and looking good. As of May 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service estimated the state’s cotton was 68 percent planted and 45 percent emerged. The five-year average for this same ...

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Construction to begin tomorrow on new $6.5M cotton gin

NOXUBEE COUNTY — Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow on a $6.5 million cotton gin in Noxubee County. Bogue Chitto Gin Inc. was created by a group of 25 cotton farmers from Aliceville, Ala., and from Lowndes, Clay and Noxubee counties in Mississippi. Rodney Mast, a member of the investment group, tells The Commercial Dispatch the project will create four ...

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Warm weather allows early planting of soybean crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Soybeans are usually an early-planted crop, but an unseasonably warm March gave some growers a chance to get in the fields a little ahead of the typical April 1 start date.Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service state soybean specialist, said the crop was on track at the end of April. “Many parts of the state got ...

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Cochran withholding support of 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is disappointed with the 2012 Farm Bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and is withholding his support for the measure due to inadequate coverage for important crops produced in Mississippi. Cochran, who serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and is a former chairman of the panel, was among ...

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