Business News for the Mississippi Delta

Eating Fresh With Your Local Farmer’s Markets

By Angela Rogalski Photos courtesy of Ryan Betz & Greenville Farmer’s Marke Being conscious of what we put into our bodies has become very important to most of us these days. With additives and preservatives and genetically modified foods filling our grocery shelves, buying locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables from Farmer’s Markets is an option […]

Moonshine and Mojo Hands

On a mission to promote blues music and culture By Randall Haley I n 1997, St. Louis native Jeff Konkel walked into a Mississippi juke joint and never wanted to go home. “Of course, I did have to go home,” Konkel says. “But, I’ve spent a lot of resources to keep coming back over the […]

North Mississippi Rural Legal Services

Celebrating their 50th anniversary By Becky Gillette It was a far different world in the Delta in 1966, particularly when it came to low-income people having access to legal services. There was a great need, especially considering more than 86 percent of non-white residents lived below the poverty line. A group of concerned University of […]

Educational Options

By Mike Barkett Graduation season is a time to celebrate one of life’s most important milestones. The choices that students are making now will determine the course of their future lives and livelihoods. Naturally, we want them to pursue rewarding careers that provide long-term financial stability along with opportunities for advancement. Many of Mississippi’s best […]

Harry Simmons- Grows not just catfish, but jobs in the Delta

Harry Simmons

By Becky Gillette Photography by Roy Meeks & Matthew Wood About 40 years ago, Harry Simmons began growing catfish as a way to diversify his income from row crop farming in Humphreys and Yazoo Counties. Through the years, his operation grew and became vertically integrated in 1982, by establishing a catfish processing facility. This expansion […]