Jim Hood joins in call for tough rules on e-cigarettes

September 25, 2013 in News, Statewide News

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined 39 other attorneys general in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

Hood says in a news release Wednesday that the FDA should place restrictions on the advertising and ingredients of the popular, highly-addictive product, and prohibit its sale to minors…

Mississippi firm recalls frozen chicken meals

August 9, 2013 in Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

A Mississippi distributor of frozen chicken has recalled nearly 2,500 pounds of meals because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, according to the U.S. Department Agriculture.

Traditions Meal Solutions, located in Pearl, Miss., said in a news release last week that the 2,486 pounds of recalled frozen chicken meals contain milk but that it is not on the label. Milk is a known allergen.

The USDA said the problem was discovered by the firm during a routine label review. Milk is a sub-ingredient of the butter flavoring used in the product. The problem occurred after a change in formulation which resulted in milk being omitted from the label.

Late Miss. cotton planting amplifies bug threat

July 11, 2013 in Business, News, Statewide News

Farmers are finally catching up on cotton planting, but experts are worried that the late start could expose the crop to more insects than if wet weather hadn’t delayed planting.

Mississippi farmers had intended to plant corn on many acres in hopes of cashing in on high prices. But winter and spring rains left many fields waterlogged, making it hard for tractors to plant as early as required for corn.

Cotton and soybeans can be planted later, and farmers’ plans for cotton ballooned to 340,000 acres from what had been projected to be a historic low of about 200,000. Mississippi farmers planted 580,000 acres of cotton in 2012.

New Kilmichael Clinic holds first heath fair this Saturday

May 17, 2013 in Events, Family Medicine, Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Dr. Katrina Poe and the new Kilmichael Clinic in Montgomery County will hold their first health fair since they opened their doors in September 2012.

In conjunction with Kilmichael Hospital, the fair will be held on Saturday, May 18, in front of the hospital at 301 Lamar Avenue from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Eulandia Thompson, Office Manager for Kilmichael Clinic, said the health fair will feature several health-related vendors including Mid-Delta, Sta-Home and Legacy Hospice.

Expected corn acreage 53-year high for Mississippi

April 26, 2013 in News, Statewide News

Mississippi farmers expect to have more than 1 million acres in corn this year and about 120,000 acres in rice – the largest corn acreage in 53 years and a 36-year low for rice.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture planting survey shows Mississippi farmers also plan to plant 1.95 million acres of soybeans and 270,000 acres of cotton this year.

The soybean acreage is changed little from last year’s 1.97 million acres, but farmers are planting 230,000 acres more of corn.

Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary attends rural job event

April 15, 2013 in Statewide News

In late March, Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien met with local and regional officials to discuss ways USDA can help businesses create jobs and stimulate local economies.

The United States Department of Agriculture remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty.

“I am proud to support and highlight the great work under way here to bring economic opportunity to Mississippi’s rural communities,” O’Brien said during a Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator event at Mississippi State University. “Public-private partnerships are some of the best ways to leverage resources for job creation and business development.”

Nutrition fairs set for Vicksburg and Jackson

September 14, 2012 in Family Medicine, Health, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Health screenings, cooking tips and exercise demonstrations are being offered this month at nutrition fairs in Vicksburg and Jackson.

The free events are sponsored by the National Urban League and Tyson Foods as part of a yearlong project to alleviate hunger for about 19,000 Mississippians

Coast Electric Power Association gets funding

August 16, 2012 in Business, News, Statewide News

From The Mississippi Link Newswire Almost $29 million in Smart Grid Projects Included WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Mississippi is one of 18 states to receive to loan […]