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Local farmers eligible for emergency loans due to losses from excessive heat

USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has designated 23 Mississippi counties as the primary natural disaster area. Producers in Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall, Monroe, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Winston, Yalobusha, and Yazoo counties who suffered losses caused by excessive heat occurring June 1, 2022,…

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Local farmers eligible for emergency loans due to losses from excessive rain

USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack has designated 13 Mississippi counties as the primary natural disaster area. Producers in Franklin, Harrison, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Leake, Pike, Sharkey, Stone, and Yazoo counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rain and flooding occurring Aug. 1, 2022, through Aug, 31, 2022, may be eligible for…

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Small businesses eligible for SBA loans due to excessive heat

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that economic injury disaster loans are available in Mississippi for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations affected by excessive heat from June 1 through Oct. 6, 2022. The declaration includes the primary counties of Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Coahoma,…

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Poultry association seeking votes for best chicken wings

Some restaurant in Mississippi prepares the best chicken wings and the Mississippi Poultry Association is trying to find them, but they need wing fans’ help. Last year, the National Chicken Council estimated that “on Super Bowl weekend, when wings are at their hottest, Americans are anticipated to devour 1.42 billion wings.” More wings are eaten…

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Outdoor trust fund accepting grant applications; announces project head

Gov. Tate Reeves recently announced that the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund is accepting grant applications, and Ricky D. Flynt will be leading the effort. “From our rivers and forests to our farmlands and coastlines, Mississippi is truly blessed with a wealth of natural beauty,” said Reeves. “We have a duty to preserve our land…

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MSU greenhouse vegetable short course set for March 7-8

By Susan Collins-Smith MSU Extension Service Current and prospective greenhouse vegetable producers are invited to attend the Mississippi State University Greenhouse Vegetable Short Course March 7 and 8. The short course, formerly known as the Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, will be offered at the MSU North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona. Attendees will…

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Southern Gardening: A season for everything

By Gary R. Bachman MSU Extension Service I usually write the Southern Gardening column about how the different seasons change the look of our landscapes and gardens, what seasonal plants look great, and when it’s time to transition with new plants for the next season. Just like in the garden, a career has a season…

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Registration open for college savings art contest

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual College Savings Mississippi Art Contest. The contest will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. Students from across Mississippi will be competing for over $3,000 in Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) scholarships by submitting an original piece of art based on the theme, “What do you want…

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Annual market animal sale set for Jan. 10

The Lawrence County Livestock Show Association will hold its annual market animal sale fundraiser on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at the James E. Givens Agri-Building on F.E. Sellers Highway in Monticello. Activities will begin at 5 p.m. with a buyer/exhibitor dinner, and the sale will begin at 7 p.m. The sale serves as a positive reward…

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