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February 23, 2021

A worker bee sips honey from a piece of honeycomb in a frame.

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!”


Fireworks explode against a dark sky and above a large body of water.

Fireworks Safety Tips

June 29, 2018

Many people celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. However, it pays to be cautious with these beautiful explosives. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

A man shows how to supplement supermarket floral bouquets with landscape materials.

How to Use Landscape Materials in a Floral Arrangement

June 25, 2018

Let’s face it. Sometimes we need a quick, inexpensive bouquet of flowers to give to a friend or family member or to freshen up our own spaces.

Jim DelPrince, Extension horticulture specialist, shows you how to use landscape materials to supplement those pretty bouquets you see at the supermarket and get more bang for your buck. (Photo credit: Zac Ashmore/Cindy Callahan) 

A product display of Greek yogurt, buttermilk and kefir.

What Dairy Products Can I Eat if I’m Lactose Intolerant?

June 22, 2018

If you’re lactose intolerant, you may roll your eyes when you think of dairy. Yes, June is National Dairy Month, but what good is that to you? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A sliced, ripe watermelon sits on a table outdoors.

3 Tips For Picking The Perfect Watermelon

June 19, 2018

Choosing a ripe watermelon at the market is easy if you know what to look for.  (Photo credit: Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A graphic depicts a woman preparing to clean a refrigerator after storing a recalled food item.

How to Clean Your Refrigerator

June 15, 2018

June is National Healthy Homes Month! Do you know all the steps to take to ensure your home is safe and healthy for your family?

A regular cleaning regime can keep your home free of dust, dirt, mold and pests. But did you know your refrigerator should be in this regular lineup? (Graphic by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

A can of Broad Spectrum SPF 70 sunscreen.

3 Tips about Sun Safety

June 12, 2018

As a redhead, I am familiar with the consequences of not paying attention to sun safety. I still remember having blistered shoulders as a young child from a trip to the beach. OUCH! Sunburns are not only painful, but also dangerous: each incidence of sunburn increases my risk of developing skin cancer. (Photo by Brian Utley)

A parfait made of seasonal, locally grown blueberries, strawberries, granola, and yogurt.

How to Make a Berry Parfait

June 8, 2018

June is National Dairy Month, and what better way to enjoy a healthy dairy treat than a fast, easy fruit and yogurt parfait? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish)

A teenage boy in a blue and white long-sleeved shirt and protective gear, including a red and black helmet and black gloves, rides a red ATV around orange cones during a safety class. (Kevin Hudson)

ATV Safety Week June 2-10, 2018

June 5, 2018

It's ATV Safety Week! (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Watch the State 4-H Congress Video!

June 1, 2018

Take a look at the official State 4-H Congress highlight video! Want to learn more about what goes on at this annual event for senior 4-H’ers? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish)

An African American woman with braided hair and wearing a white sweater shares a board book with her infant daughter who wears a coral shirt.

How to Build Your Baby’s Brain Power

May 29, 2018

Most parents are too busy for a college course in child development, but want to help their babies grow into children who are successful in learning and ultimately successful in life. (Photo by Canstock)

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