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Contaminated money

Mississippi rice farmers can start lining up for money from a recent $750-million, multi-state settlement with Bayer CropScience involving the accidental release of genetically modified rice in the U.S. food chain that negatively impacted sales to foreign markets. But while the settlement is welcome relief, some rice producers are expressing regret that the case ever went to trial and the ...

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Researchers: Shrimp harvest a mixed bag

GULF OF MEXICO — They may be living up to their name in size, but Gulf shrimp are being landed in Mississippi in good numbers, and large ones are selling for high prices. The state’s shrimp season opened May 25, which was about a week earlier than normal. Dave Burrage, marine resources specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, ...

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Catfish industry touts comments on inspections

WASHINGTON — Public comments and evidence submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture overwhelmingly support broad inspection and regulation of all commercial catfish species imported or grown for sale to consumers in the United States, according to the USDA website. Of the 280 comments posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) official comment site, 84 percent, or ...

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Food truck ordinance heads for Jackson City Council vote

Don’t rush down to the corner looking for a food vending truck just yet. Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell’s plan for licensing food vending trucks and vending carts throughout the city received a public hearing last Tuesday but won’t get a final council vote until July 28, at the earliest. “We are continually tweaking this as we get input,” Whitwell ...

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Keenum presents views on world food needs

WASHINGTON — Joining former U.S. cabinet officers, international agency representatives and other policy makers, Mississippi State University president Mark E. Keenum is part of an effort to assess strategies to deal with world food needs. The university’s chief executive was among invited panelists at a recent Washington, D.C., symposium convened by the Global Agricultural Development Initiative, a part of the ...

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Flood might wipe out this year's oyster harvest

GULF OF MEXICO — The oyster industry is bracing for extreme losses as freshwater from the Mississippi River flows into the western portion of the Mississippi Sound. “Oysters are stationary and cannot escape as the freshwater displaces the salt water they need,” said Dave Burrage, professor of marine resources with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Oysters just cannot survive ...

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Cochran argues for broad catfish definition

WASHINGTON — As part of a public comment hearing on the definition of catfish and related fish types, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today argued in favor of a broad federal definition to help guarantee that American consumers are being served safe fish. Cochran, who sponsored the 2008 Farm Bill requirement on imported catfish inspections, today presented testimony at a public ...

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USDA's FSIS to hold meetings on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON and STONEVILLE — The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will hear public comments tomorrow in Washington, D.C., on the proposed regulations for increasing catfish inspections and regulations. The most critical decision by FSIS will be whether all or only some catfish will be covered under the new regulation shifting responsibility for the inspection and regulation of catfish from ...

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