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USDA closing 11 state offices in cost-cutting move

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to close 11 offices in Mississippi as part of a $150 million cost-cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Food, Nutrition office will close in Jackson. Farm Service Agency offices in Ashland, Ackerman, Hernando, Fulton, Coffeeville, Monticello, Raleigh and Purvis will close. An Animal Plant ...

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Growers offered chance to become EBT retailers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) are offering a new marketing opportunity for Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers. An informational meeting will be held Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum’s Forestry Building in Jackson for all Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers interested ...

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Controversial Yazoo Pumps back in the courtroom

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments for Feb. 9 in New Orleans on efforts by a Mississippi levee board to revive a long-debated federal pump project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners appealed a Mississippi federal judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court ...

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Forestry's value up despite lack of home construction

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timber industry observers say low national home construction levels and relatively dry weather resulted in a slightly lower year-end value for Mississippi forest products. However, at an estimated $1.04 billion, the year-end value of the forest products fell less than 1 percent from last year. James Henderson, assistant Extension Service professor of forestry at Mississippi State University, ...

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Staplcotn expecting less cotton next year due weak prices

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Although Mississippi’s cotton acreage rebounded somewhat in 2011, Staplcotn’s Hank Reichle is expecting Delta farmers to plant less of the fiber in 2012 in response to lower prices. Reichle, vice president of export sales for the Greenwood-based cotton-marketing cooperative, said farmers are not glued to any one crop. “Producers have diversified. They have a lot of infrastructure ...

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Man charged in online hay-selling scam

WESSON — A Wesson man has been charged with selling hay over the Internet. Authorities say the problem is James Darin Hoffman had no hay. Copiah County chief investigator Milton Twiner told The Clarion-Ledger Hoffman was freed on $50,000 shortly after his arrest Nov. 29. Twiner said Hoffman allegedly been selling hay to farmers in Texas through a website called ...

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Aldermen rethinking proposed farmers market

OXFORD — The city of Oxford will take a second look at locating at farmers’ market next to the Park Commission’s Community Garden. The Oxford Eagle reports the board of aldermen agreed this week to put the new farmers’ market project on hold until at least next spring. A grant for $61,258 was awarded to Oxford from the U.S. Department ...

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City gets USDA grant to start Farmers Market

OXFORD — The city of Oxford has accepted a $61,258 federal grant to start a local farmers’ market. The Oxford Eagle reports the grant came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. City grant writer Lynn Wilkins says Oxford has been deemed a food desert by the USDA, which means low-income families in the community face substantial barriers in getting fresh ...

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Lawmakers pushing for controversial new farm subsidy

WASHINGTON — Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices. The subsidy, free insurance that would cover farmers’ “shallow crop losses” before their paid insurance kicks in, has been pushed by ...

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