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Ag commissioner candidates predict change

JACKSON — Joel Gill and Cindy Hyde-Smith predict changes with either one’s election as the state’s next commissioner of agriculture and commerce. Gill, a 60-year-old Democrat, says he believes the department lost its vision in the waning years of Dr. Lester Spell’s four terms. Spell isn’t seeking re-election. “I’ve been a businessman the past 42 years,” said Gill, mayor of ...

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Farmers' deadline extended in Bayer CropScience settlement

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750-million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience mistakenly sold genetically modified seed in the United States. The original deadline was Oct. 10, but Bayer extended it to Nov. 21, attorney Don Downing of St. Louis — one of the lead attorneys in ...

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Catfish prices up, but for how long?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish producers who are coping with record-high feed costs know that the strong market prices may not last much longer. Jimmy Avery, aquaculture leader with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said years of pond acreage reductions are driving fish prices up. Unfortunately, the cost of producers’ biggest expense, feed, is also setting record highs. The end ...

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Cochran: SURE not offering timely relief to farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Shortcomings in a federal agriculture disaster assistance program to advocate for reforms to ensure timely benefits for farmers who lose crops to flooding or other disasters, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Cochran addressed problems with the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE) at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations hearing that looked at federal programs for ...

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USDA declares 12 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in Mississippi as agricultural disaster areas for 2011. The USDA says its declaration is based on combined effects of severe storms, tornadoes, severe spring flooding, Tropical Storm Lee, widespread drought and excessive heat since Jan. 1. The declaration means farmers who lost money because of bad weather can ...

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Farm Bureau supports free trade agreements

JACKSON — The passage of three free trade agreements in Congress puts American and Mississippi farmers back at a competitive advantage, and allows open access to markets that have been at an economic disadvantage, according to the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. Agriculture exports are essential to the prosperity of the overall U.S. economy, and especially to rural communities like Mississippi, ...

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Hay fever

The drought in Texas has left pastures brown and cattlemen and horse owners in a hay-buying frenzy to feed their hungry animals. Now, local horse owners are worried that there will not be enough hay to get through the upcoming winter. Stephanie Billingsley of Mississippihorses.org said, “We are afraid that by mid-winter our regular hay suppliers will be out of ...

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Farmers report good-looking pumpkin crop

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Northeast Mississippi farmers say their pumpkin crop is plumping up nicely. Mark Holley of Fulton tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal size, quality and color are good. But he expects to get less than his usual 1,000 pumpkins per acre. He says there weren’t enough bees to pollinate all the flowers, even though they planted several acres ...

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Deadline nearing for Bayer CropScience claims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The deadline is approaching for rice farmers to submit claims in order to share in the settlement of a lawsuit against Bayer CropScience over genetically modified rice that was inadvertently introduced into the U.S. market. Bayer has agreed to a $750 million settlement. Farmers have until Oct. 10 to submit claims. Richard Coffman, an attorney who represents ...

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Senators mulling tax-exempt donations for ag research

WASHINGTON — Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to allow tax-exempt donations to support agricultural research as a means to help keep American agriculture on the forefront of food production breakthroughs. The Charitable Agriculture Research Act (S.1561) is a bipartisan measure authored by Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and co-sponsored by ...

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