In recent years, Mississippi producers have been taking more water out of the Delta’s alluvial aquifer than Mother Nature has been putting back in, leading to some long-term problems for growers who irrigate....More
Sen. Chuck Grassley will push to reform farm program payments to achieve $23 billion in agricultural savings sought by the Budget Committee and says all farm-bill spending will be on the table for spending reductions, including nutrition programs....More
Cotton is more than a wonder fiber. After cotton is plucked from fields and packed in gins — cottonseed is only just beginning to be processed. Cottonseed value continues to climb, and at Delta Oil Mill, Jonestown, Miss., managed by Scott Middleton, Jr., cottonseed processing has been rolling since 1942.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are on the brink of a two-year European ban. A neonicotinoid ban might cost Europe up to $23 billion over a five year stretch and put 50,000 jobs on the chopping block. For U.S., the neonicotinoid outcome in Europe may serve as a regulatory road map....More
With planting dates closing fast, farmers are preparing equipment for fieldwork. The winter of 2012-2013 has been mild, with temperatures rarely below freezing. Here are a series of Delta agriculture images from late fall through the mild winter.
On Monday (March 4), a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced H.R. 935, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013. The bill would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the use of pesticides already approved for use under FIFRA....More
Pesticide residues detected on a variety of food products are below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and “do not pose a safety concern,” according to data released by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)....More
Cotton ginners are facing what could be a pivotal year in the history of U.S. cotton production. While a significant cutback in acreage is exactly what the cotton industry needs to put fundamentals back in balance, at the same time the cotton industry must find ways to preserve current ginning capacity until this happens....More
Irrigation was an important topic in the Mid-South again in 2012. Earl Voorhies discussed what farmers should be thinking as they enter the 2013 season in a presentation at an Irrigation Seminar at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show....More
For his contributions to the cotton and ginning industries during his career, Harry Flowers has been chosen as the Southern Cotton Ginners Association Ginner of the Year, and was honored at the group’s annual awards banquet held in conjunction with the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show....More
Harry Flowers became part owner of what was then Flowers Gin when he was 26 years old. Forty-three years later, the gin continues to thrive although many other country gins have fallen by the wayside....More