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November 13, 2018

A thin, eight-point buck stands beside a wall with drool coming from his mouth.

Hunting is a Big Deal in our family, and the news in mid-October that a second deer in Mississippi had tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, was met with dismay. (Photo by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism/Michael Hopper)

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A product display of Greek yogurt, buttermilk and kefir.

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

June 21, 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)

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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)

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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.)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Natasha Haynes, an African American female wearing a plaid dress shirt stands in a kitchen and uses tongs to mix food ingredients in a stainless steel bowl. A tall bottle of olive oil is on the table.

How to Make Zucchini Three Ways

May 25, 2018

If you want an inexpensive vegetable, this time of year you can find zucchini *everywhere.* If you have friends with big gardens, they might even give it away. Some of my Extension agent friends in other states joke about locking their car doors to keep people from putting bags of this versatile squash in there when no one is looking! 

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A logo that represents the Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast. The logo contains graphics that represent a tractor, the sun and a plant.

New Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast

May 22, 2018

We’re excited to announce MSU Extension has recently launched the Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast!

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