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Man on a tractor plants corn.
May 7, 2021 - Filed Under: Field Scale Crop Assessment with Drones, Rural Development, Technology

From computer programs that regulate moisture sensors to smartphone apps that allow growers to monitor market data, most facets of agriculture continue their shift to digital platforms. This transition makes reliable internet access no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Despite Mississippi agriculture’s annual economic impact of around $7 billion, broadband infrastructure is in short supply in the state’s densest agricultural hub: the 19-county Mississippi Delta.

April 19, 2021 - Filed Under: Economic Development, Rural Development

John J. Green is bringing a career immersed in Southern sociology and community development to his new position as director of the Southern Rural Development Center headquartered at Mississippi State University.

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March 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Community, Extension Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy, Rural Development

You may have heard 2020 is the year for the federal census. When you participate, you help Mississippi get a more accurate representation for all kinds of programs that impact daily living. 

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Rural Development

Broadband internet access provides development opportunities for rural areas.

August 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Community, Economic Development, Rural Development

The annual Alabama-Mississippi-Tennessee Rural Tourism Conference will be in Natchez Oct. 21-23.

Success Stories

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Rural Development, Food and Health, Food, Rural Health
Volume 3 Number 1

Extension food pantry serves rural community 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays before lunch, Robert Jamison is usually exercising with people who have been his neighbors in Lambert for 30 years. The Quitman County Veterans Service Officer also volunteers for a food pantry there that serves about 800 local families every other month. The county does not have a grocery store, but the pantry, since it opened in 2014, has helped people in need.

A woman wearing a black shirts rests one hand on a column of a house.
Community, Rural Development
Volume 2 Number 3

Lower Delta Partnership teams with Extension to attract more visitors 

When the Lower Delta Partnership coordinator sat down with the Mississippi State University Extension Service county coordinator, the two were meeting for more than just an everyday business lunch.

An elderly woman wearing animal print glasses and a bright red shirt stands smiling. Photo credit: Kevin Hudson
Community, Economic Development, Leadership, Rural Development
Volume 6 Number 1

Before Ann Tackett helped establish a farmers market and renovate the old railroad depot building in her town, she just wanted to start a cannery.

A close up of a white concrete entrance with “Polk Dement Stadium” engraved into the concrete.
Community, City and County Government, Disaster Preparedness, Rural Development
Volume 5 Number 2

Jackson Precast Inc. is Mississippi’s only company that specializes in producing architectural precast, DeVoss explains. When the business competes for jobs, out-of-state manufacturers are its main competitors

A blonde young woman wearing a blue lab coat and safety glasses holds a glass dropper up to the camera.
Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Rural Development
Volume 5 Number 2

As a young child, Emily Davis was the victim of a horrific crime, but, with the support of her family and the pediatrician who documented the evidence, Davis became a survivor.

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