“Poultry companies anticipate strength at least in the short term, but anything can change that optimism. Feed costs are reasonable right now, but a drought or other problems this summer could run up grain prices and therefore production costs.” -- Tom Tabler, poultry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service....More
"We are thrilled to introduce America to our five new regional farm moms. We were impressed with their drive and willingness to speak out for agriculture, and we know America will be, too.” -- Tracy Mueller, Monsanto corporate brand manager....More
“These families represent the pillars of our state. Congratulations to each of them on this recognition and we share our thanks to all those who have helped them succeed.” -- Randy Veach, president, Arkansas Farm Bureau....More
It was a beehive of activity as scores of youngsters from tri-state FFA chapters joined forces Saturday morning at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show to package more than 40,000 meals for the needy, which were delivered to the Memphis Food Bank for distribution to rural and urban counties in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Splitting a farming operation into two entities is a simple, yet powerful strategy in succession planning. It allows a family to better manage the operation, simplifies the succession planning process, and creates options for the future....More
“Lots of urban people are coming in. The walk-in traffic is very good and we only want that to grow. People have really gotten interested in their food. We sell gardening supplies, horse feed, goat feed, rabbit feed, the whole ball of wax. Sometimes it seems everyone is putting a little chicken coop in the backyard.” -- Scooter Hodges, manager of Associated Farmers Cooperative....More
“Delay is costly. It’s costing American farmers and ranchers. The reality is there are soft commodity prices and nothing will boost them like expanding markets and tearing down tariff barriers." -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack....More
"It’s going to be much tougher to farm and make profits when there are fewer and fewer chemistries," says Angus Catchot, Mississippi State University Extension entomologist and plant pathologist....More