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Publication Number: P2555
Publication Number: P2675
Publication Number: P2763
Publication Number: P2798

News

Several black and white cows look toward the camera while standing in milking gates.
June 1, 2018 - Filed Under: Farming, Dairy

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Depressed market prices, increased production costs and labor challenges continue to force generational dairy farmers to seek greener pastures.

 

A woman holds a brown and white chicken while a young girl looks on.
June 1, 2018 - Filed Under: Poultry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- More than a million backyard chicken flocks provide Americans with eggs, meat or companionship, a trend Mississippians embrace, but hobby farmers must learn proper care to keep them healthy.

A close up of white eggs stacked in a bowl with other white eggs.
April 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Poultry

RAYMOND, Miss. -- With low feed prices and healthy demand for broilers and eggs, the Mississippi poultry industry is poised for another productive year.

Boxes containing bee hives have honey bees swarming near opening.
April 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Beekeeping

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Healthy hives, consumer demand and crops for pollination are issues demanding beekeepers' attention in 2018. 

Jeff Harris, a bee specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said bees are doing better than some reports might suggest.

An illustration depicts a large yellow chick with a graph showing the number of Salmonella outbreaks since 2000 and includes text instructions to wash hands after handling backyard poultry.
March 30, 2018 - Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Agriculture, Livestock, Poultry

Baby chickens are so cute and cuddly that few people can resist holding them. Unfortunately, as public interest in raising backyard birds has grown so has the number of Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S. (Photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Success Stories

A man and two girls stand in a barn with three horses.
Youth Livestock, Equine
Volume 4 Number 1

Mississippi 4-H youth horse instructor Tom McBeath takes great pride in having taught two generations of students, and he is now recognized as one of the best in the country at what he does.

A man holds onto fence as he looks at a field with stacked hay bales in it.
Farming, Livestock
Volume 4 Number 1

From a young age, Willie Clay understood that farm work was hard work. He got up early to milk the cows at his dad’s Monroe County farm. He lugged square hay bales, approximately 50 pounds per bale, through the fields to feed the cattle. He helped in the soybean, corn, and cotton fields.

A smiling man with a "dedicated to dairy" logo on his shirt, stands in a pasture.
Dairy
Volume 4 Number 1

Pat Ard has tended his grandfather’s legacy since 1971, when he took the helm of the family farm from his father.
What started as a 211-acre Lincoln County cotton farm in 1894 is now a 1,200-acre dairy farm with more than 240 Holstein cows.

Smiling man in gingham dress shirt leans on a tractor
Beef
Volume 3 Number 4

The people who know Virgil Walker look up to him. The Covington County native is a leader for his church and several local organizations. He loves his wife, his children, and his grandchildren, and he values his way of life.

“It’s just in my blood to walk out and see a cow on my farm,” he says on a humid, late-summer afternoon. “It’s five generations, counting my son’s kids. The one who’s 9 or 10, I gave her a calf, and she wants to come every day to look at it. I believe she’ll be the one to come and live on the farm. It would be rewarding for me. Where I’m living, I’ve been here for 50 years.”

Joe Davis with two 4-H'ers with a champion heifer
4-H Livestock Program, Volunteers, Beef
Volume 3 Number 3

When third-generation cattleman Joe Davis was a teen, he had no idea his competition in the show ring would one day be his Extension agent in Union County.

Watch

Farmweek | Entire Show | May 17, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:00am
Farmweek | Entire Show | May 10, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00am
Farmweek, Entire Show, Sept. 09, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, Nov. 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
Farmweek, Entire Show, October 16, 2015, Season 39 Show #14
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00pm

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