Deep Freeze Kills Off Invasive Species

From the New York Times, entomologists think the deep freeze may help kill off invasive species in the northeast.  Here in the southern US, we have invasive species too, such as cotton bollworms and tarnished plant bugs (insects) and kudzu (a plant) that cause damage to crops, forests, and water resources.  Dealing with invasive species is a common topic for environmental and ecological economists. … Continue reading

County Economic Profiles

Mississippi’s economy is recovering from the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession. Analysis indicates that the government, retail trade and health care sectors are experiencing advancements in competitive advantage and that total output for the state is increasing with the Utilities, Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing sectors leading the way with double digit growth from 2007-2012. … Continue reading

Grain Market Update, January 8, 2014

Corn prices have remained relatively steady since mid-December, with daily fluctuations of only a few cents. Corn has seen strong demand both in the export market and domestically that has helped to support prices despite replenished stocks from the record harvest. Some fear remains in the market with China rejecting shipments of U.S. distiller’s grain, claiming the shipment contained an unapproved GMO. … Continue reading

Crop Market Update, October 28, 2013

Corn and soybean prices have remained steady throughout the week despite continued harvest progress. Strong demand both in the export market and domestically have helped to support soybean prices this week, but expectations of improved yields have kept prices in check. Soybean harvest is currently 77% complete, right at the 5-year average with 14% of the U.S. … Continue reading

One more weekend to take advantage of the 2013 Fall Agritourism Season!

Join the fun! Find local agritourism operations registered with the Mississippi Agritourism Association by clicking on the pumpkins here http://mississippiagritourism.org/member_map.htm or using the list format.  Search your county for operations using the Mississippi Development Authority website: http://www.visitmississippi.org/agritourism.aspx.
Agritourism is the fastest growing sector in the tourism industry and is making a positive impact on rural economies in Mississippi. … Continue reading

Cash/Share Rental Rates in Mississippi

Cash rental rates have trended upward throughout Mississippi in all four geographic/soil regions while share rental rates have remained relatively constant.  However, cash rental agreements have become more common relative to share contracts as the number of share contracts have dwindled according to surveys conducted by Mississippi State.
Rental rates for corn producers have seen rate increases of around 25% since 2008 with the exception of the Hills Region which was about the same in 2012 as in 2008. … Continue reading

September WASDE Report Revises Corn Yields Higher and Soybean Yields Lower

CORN
After all of the news from crop scouts in the corn belt a few weeks ago, the much anticipated September WASDE report has been released. One of the bigger surprises came with the estimated corn yield. Pre-report estimates were expecting a reduction in corn yields from last month on news that the Iowa corn crop was not as good as previously thought. … Continue reading

Extension Service Reports Serve as “Informational Text” for Teachers

Teachers and administrators throughout the US are learning how to implement the latest innovation in education. The aim of the voluntary Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. in the global marketplace by requiring students to practice the higher ordered thinking skills necessary in the 21st century. Its goal is to produce nation-wide academic benchmarks for students. … Continue reading

Crop Market Update – Sept 6, 2013

Cereal Grains & Soybeans (by: Brian Williams)
It has been a tough week for corn markets again this week. Much of the downward pressure in the corn markets is because we are expecting a record corn crop this fall. Harvest is also in full gear in much of the South, with 34% of Mississippi’s corn harvest already complete. … Continue reading

Economic Output for Mississippi’s Counties

Most of us understand that the term “Gross Domestic Product” refers to the monetary value of value added output of the United States.  But we may not realize that this same concept can be applied to states and counties as indicators of economic growth.
From 2007 to 2012, gross product for Mississippi increased by almost $300 million (33.4%) in real terms (see the following table).  … Continue reading