Delta Farm Land

Rising Prices Becoming the Norm     By Becky Gillette Prices for prime farmland in the Mississippi Delta have been increasing at rates that are great for sellers, but pose problems for farmers trying to extend their acreage or get into farming for the first time. There are a number of different reasons for the […]

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Jamie Swafford

AGUP Equipment Company, Inc.    By Jack Criss “I am from Cleveland and grew up the daughter of an ag pilot/farmer and public school teacher.  I went to Mississippi State University, and upon graduation I went to work for John Deere Corporate, and then moved back to Mississippi to get married and went to work

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Ethan Hilderbrand

An Avid Collector and Builder     By Jack Criss Sixteen year-old Ethan Hilderbrand has turned a lifelong love of farm toys and models into an award-winning hobby. In early February, the young man won first place in the display competition youth division at a farm toy show in Sheffield, Alabama. There are three age

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Manning the Port

Maxwell and Hart Are Longtime Directors By Faith Strong Port directors have a very important job when it comes to river operations, especially with the comings and goings of commercial water traffic. Their role impacts everyone involved, including the farmer and the merchant who uses the water for transport. He or she oversees the activation

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Sam Floyd

Extension Agent Cultivating Community  Through Agriculture and Service By Joey Lee For Tunica County native, Sam Floyd, the role of Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent is more than a job, it is a way for her to give back to a community that she loves and that has given so much to her. With her

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A Multi-Faceted Dirt Moving Business By Mark H. Stowers Chris Sandifer has spent plenty of time playing and working with dirt so he made a career out of it. For the past twenty-five years, he spent time time working outdoors and decided to create his own company, S & W Landworks. “Initially I began farming,


Southern Ginners Association

Keeping Cotton on the Forefront By Mark H. Stowers In 1967, the Southern Ginners Association was created. Actually, it was the combination of existing Ginning Associations that covered five southern states – Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. “State associations came together and basically we formed a five state 501C6 Trade Association Organization,” says Executive

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Irrigation Methods

Water Resource Management is Vital By Angela Rogalski Furrow irrigation dominates in the Mississippi Delta. Dr. Drew Gholson is coordinator for the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research at Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Gholson says that over eighty percent of the Mississippi Delta utilizes furrow irrigation as opposed to pivot irrigation. “Furrow

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45-Acres of Education

Alcorn State Extension/Research  Farm & Technology Transfer Center By Mark H. Stowers Just outside Mound Bayou sits 45-acres of  fertile Delta soil that is leased out to the Alcorn University Extension Service.  It is at this location the extension service has created the Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center. The land is

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