July 2019

Ol’ Man River Just Keeps Rolling Residents Keep Rowing

By Aimee Robinette Residents in the Delta who live or have property located up and down the Mississippi River continue to look for solutions to the biggest case of water woes in the country. The Mississippi River and backwater swirling causes immense flooding each year and those affected want these flooding problems to be addressed. …

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Delta & Pine Land Company Larger Cotton Plantation in America that Almost Went Under

By Hank Burdine In 1910, the Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers’ Association of Manchester, England, was a big English syndicate consisting of over fifty cotton milling companies that depended on long staple cotton from Egypt to supply their mills for their production of thread, yarn and cloth that was shipped worldwide. It soon became apparent …

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Riven Oaks Headquarters Includes a Farm Shop that Was Formerly a Gin

By Mark H. Stowers • Photography by Austin Britt About a mile or so off the main thoroughfare between Silver City and Midnight sits the Hairston Farm Headquarters and shop. At first glance, the structure resembles an old gin. That’s because it actually is.The former gin was picked up and moved more than a half …

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Frankel Farms Father/Son Duo Continuing a Family Tradition

By Charlotte Buchanan Lee Frankel and his son Martin operate a successful farming operation between Leland and Shaw. They are not the first Frankels to be involved with farming. Lee’s father Leo and his father before him farmed for decades in the Steiner Community in Sunflower County before the family purchased land in Washington County. …

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Field of Dreams Preston Aust Helps Farmers Stay on Track

By Aimee Robinette Preston Aust may not have dreamed of being a Mississippi State University Extension Service agent, but he has cultivated a career that he finds both challenging and rewarding. Born and raised in Belzoni, Aust grew up in a farming family. “My family farmed catfish and both of my grandfathers had row crop …

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Mississippi Land Bank Cleveland Branch Serving Bolivar and Sunflower Counties

By Angela Rogalski Mississippi Land Bank, ACA has been serving communities in Northern Mississippi for over 100 years. As part of the Farm Credit System, Mississippi Land Bank, ACA has been providing agriculture and rural America with consistent, reliable credit and related financial services for generations. Rob Taylor is Vice President and Branch Manager of …

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Farming Female-Style Actively Involved from Planting to Harvest

By Angela Roglaski Women have been an important part of agricultural history since America’s early days. From bookkeeping to tending to the family garden, the contributions that women made to the business were vitally important to the family operations and the family food supply. But since the growth of the women’s movement in the 1960s–1980s, …

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