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Six counties included in USDA disaster declaration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated the entire State of Arkansas, which includes 75 counties, as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by the combined effects of hail, high winds, flooding, widespread drought and excessive heat that began April 1 and continues. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties of Mississippi also qualify ...

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SUSTA offering export assistance to small ag companies

JACKSON — The Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Market Access Program (MAP) Branded. The Branded program is designed to help small agricultural companies enter export markets with 50 percent reimbursement for promotional costs like advertising, exhibiting at trade shows and changes to packaging and labels. To be eligible for the Branded program, ...

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Hot, dry weather taking toll on state's rice crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The yield of early-planted rice looks good so far, but only time will tell how seriously the high heat of early August will cut into yields from later-planted fields. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said harvest began in mid-August and will proceed at full speed until completed, probably by the first ...

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Universities looking to collaborate on ag efforts

STARKVILLE — Three mid-South universities met recently to develop a plan to combine resources to strengthen support for agricultural enterprises. Experiment station and Extension Service directors from the University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Mississippi State University met in Vicksburg to discuss cooperating on research and educational programs to benefit agriculture. One of the targets of the ...

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Dry, hot weather having major impact on soybeans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The status of the state’s soybean crop depends almost entirely on location, with many East Mississippi fields in good shape while half of Delta fields struggle. Tom Eubank, a soybean weed scientist and agronomist at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, said some Delta fields have soybeans setting pods, and others are just ...

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Lawmakers: Farmers need more time to meet new EPA rule

WASHINGTON — Farmers need more time and additional guidance in order to comply with new federal regulations intended to protect water sources from possible oil spills. That is the position of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators. Cochran, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, is among the 33 Senators who ...

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Board funds soybean rust detection study

STARKVILLE — Farmers have battled the yield-robbing soybean cyst nematode (SCN) for decades, but they may soon have the tools to detect a SCN infestation faster than ever. Vincent Klink, Ph.D., with the Mississippi State University Department of Biological Sciences has been funded by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board to research new methods to provide an accurate, rapid assessment of ...

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Rice crop escapes flood, but off to tough start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fields along the Mississippi River may be flooded, but the majority of the state’s rice crop is farther inland and needs either more water or time to dry after heavy rains caused other rivers to overflow. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said rice fields do not need to be flooded until ...

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USDA declares 44 counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 44 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due a drought that occurred May 1-Dec. 31, 2010. The counties are: Amite, Hancock, Leflore, Quitman, Benton, Harrison, Lincoln, Sharkey, Bolivar, Hinds, Lowndes, Simpson, Carroll, Holmes, Marshall, Stone, Chickasaw, Issaquena, Monroe, Sunflower, Claiborne, Jefferson, Newton, Tallahatchie, Clay, Jefferson Davis, Noxubee, Tate, ...

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