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Mississippi Power announces plans for largest utility-scale solar projects

Mississippi Power is partnering with two solar businesses and the U.S. Navy to build utility-scale solar electric generating farms at two different locations in the company’s service territory. With a combined total of approximately 53 megawatts, together these projects would represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi.

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Statement from Secretary Vilsack on Helicopter Crash in DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement:

"I was deeply saddened to learn that U.S. Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb gave his life in service to his country yesterday afternoon. I hope and pray for the healing and speedy, full recovery of U.S. Forest Service Supervisory Forestry Technician Brendan Mullen, who was injured in the helicopter crash.

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Canton, Miss., Among 22 Communities Selected Nationally to Receive EPA Assistance to Advance Sustainability Goals and Foster Economic Development

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Canton, Miss., is among 22 communities selected to receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that support smart growth and sustainability goals and encourage local economic development. EPA selected this year’s recipients from among 121 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. EPA staff and national experts will conduct one to two-day workshops in the communities that focus on the specific sustainability tool each community requested in its application to EPA.

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Study Says USDA Effort Benefits Birds after 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

A newly released study says the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) effort to create habitat on private lands for migratory birds following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has provided significant benefits to ducks, geese and other birds. The independent study conducted by Mississippi State University (MSU) on USDA's Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), a Farm Bill conservation effort, shows that wetlands created and enhanced by farmers provided migration and winter habitat for many more birds than unmanaged sites.

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Itta Bena and Clarksdale, Mississippi to Develop Local Food Projects

 

On behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities including Itta Bena and Clarksdale, Mississippi have been selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Under this effort, a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, public health and regional economic experts will work directly with the communities to develop specifically identified local food projects. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains.

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