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A field with four black cows.
April 30, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Beef

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s beef cattle herd size and farm inventory have not changed much in the last three years, but changes are taking place elsewhere in the industry.

The most recent count from the MSU Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine lists 920,000 head of cattle on 15,980 farms as of 2020. In 2018, the state had a head count of 930,000 on about the same number of farms.

A black and white chicken stands in a black container inside an enclosure.
April 14, 2021 - Filed Under: Poultry

Backyard chicken flocks continue to grow in popularity as Mississippians embrace the ability to produce some of their own food and enjoy the quirky personalities of the birds.Tom Tabler, poultry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said those considering starting a backyard flock need to make clear-headed plans before bringing home darling little chicks.

A worker bee sips honey from a piece of honeycomb in a frame.
February 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Beekeeping

While it seemed like winter would never end last week, many parts of Mississippi are already experiencing spring-like temperatures. I can’t think about the return of spring without thinking about bees!

For several years, my husband and I kept several bee colonies after he took an MSU Extension beekeeping course. When people ask us how to get started beekeeping, it’s no surprise our first recommendation is always, “Talk to your local Extension agent!”

February 2, 2021 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Grains, Rice, Soybeans, Sweet Potatoes, Agri-tourism, Beekeeping, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Poultry, Swine, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens, Forestry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Each February marks the occasion for producers to share their research and programming needs with Mississippi State University agricultural specialists in person.

To comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the opportunity will be extended virtually this year.

January 20, 2021 - Filed Under: Goats and Sheep

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has a new specialist to support the important small-ruminant industry in the state.

Leyla Rios de Alvarez began work at MSU in December as an assistant Extension/research professor of small ruminant production in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.

Success Stories

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4-H, Join 4-H, Leadership, Agriculture, Livestock
Volume 7 Number 1

Q&A with Rhiannon Page

Frank Brumfield, originally from Inverness, Mississippi, in Sunflower County, now resides in Chicago, Illinois. Brumfield was a futures trader at the Chicago Board of Trade for 18 years and now operates his own private investment firm, the FSB Companies. Brumfield’s cattle operations take place in Three Oaks, Michigan, and Wilsall, Montana. He attributes his passion for livestock to his father, the late Bruce Brumfield, former president of Delta Council, National Cotton Council, and Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association. Along with the opportunity...

A man wearing a blue shirt and a woman wearing a maroon shirt sitting on a four-wheeler in tall green grass in front of dark green trees.
4-H, Volunteers, Agriculture, Livestock, Coronavirus, Forestry
Volume 7 Number 1

Extension meets clients where they are through virtual platforms

Story by Nathan Gregory • Photos by Kevin Hudson

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been part of Terry Barron’s life in many ways since she moved back to her home state more than 12 years ago.

First, she was a volunteer leader of her two sons’ 4-H club. Now, she is more of a learner as a frequent participant in Extension virtual educational meetings organized by James Shannon, an MSU Extension agent in Pontotoc County, which Barron calls home.

After it...

A snowy field behind a wire fence filled with cattle.
Agriculture, Livestock, Beef
Volume 7 Number 1

These Brahman cattle at South Farm, formally known as H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center at Mississippi State University, enjoyed a snowy morning when most of Mississippi saw snowflakes on January 11, 2021.

 

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A man and woman stand next to a crate stacked with boxes of sweet potatoes.
Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Soybeans, Sweet Potatoes, Farming, Livestock, Beef, Equine, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Vardaman producer named Farmer of the Year

When Joe Edmondson surveys his farming operation at Topashaw Farms, he thinks about his more than 40 full-time employees and the hundreds of seasonal workers who work the acres.

A man stands next to an 18-wheeler truck.
Agriculture, Livestock, Swine
Volume 6 Number 2

New endowment honors longtime Extension swine specialist

In his 34 years as swine specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Dr. Mark Crenshaw was one of the state’s most prominent advocates for the pork industry. Now, an Extension endowment fund bears his name.

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Filed Under: Livestock
App type: Android
Be more knowledgeable when making livestock purchases and sales. This is a quick and easy decision tool at your fingertips. With just a few bits of information about your livestock you can know the minimum price that will put you in the black (profitable) and keep you out of the red. The Break Even Application will calculate the break even price for livestock given three different break-even scenarios: In Price, Out Price, and Cost of Gain.