Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

By Linda Breazeale MSU Ag Communications MISSISSIPPI STATE — Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising. Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states,…

2014 forest product value holds No. 2 spot

By Nathan Gregory MSU Ag Communications MISSISSIPPI STATE — A production bump has helped forestry maintain its status as Mississippi’s second largest agricultural commodity. James Henderson, associate forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, estimated the state’s 2014…

Poultry is No. 1 among state commodities for 20th year

By Susan Collins-Smith MSU Ag Communications RAYMOND — Poultry experienced some moderate increases in 2014, grabbing the No.1 spot among Mississippi’s commodities for the 20th straight year. The industry ended November with a preliminary estimated total production value of $3.1…

Editorial Roundup – 12/31/14

20 states raise minimum wage Editorial by Jack Ryan With an evenly divided government in Washington in 2015 — President Obama is a Democrat, and Republicans will control both houses of Congress — the political stalemate on the minimum wage…

Record soybean yield is valued at $1.17 billion

By Bonnie Coblentz MSU Ag Communications MISSISSIPPI STATE — A potentially record-setting production year made soybeans a billion dollar crop and Mississippi’s third-largest agricultural commodity in 2014. Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said soybeans…