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Dr. Casey Barickman

Dr. Casey Barickman

NMREC Horticultural Unit

Expertise:
Vegetable

Local Food System Program:
Southeast Organic Growers Consortium

Focus:
Production

 

Dr. James Newton Barnes​

Dr. James Barnes

Agricultural Economics

Expertise:
Online Marketing, Social Media Economics, Local Food System Economics

Local Food System Program:
Bricks to Clicks

Focus:
Online Marketing and Economics

 


Hamp Beatty

Hamp Beatty

Extension Center for Government and Community Development

Expertise:
Business Development

Local Food System Program:
"The Basics" for Starting a Small Business

Focus:
Business Development

 

Dr. David Buys

Dr. David Buys

Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Expertise:
Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Local Food System Program:
Diabetes Prevention Program

Focus:
Nutrition and Health Promotion for Consumers

 

Dr. Elizabeth Canales

Dr. Elizabeth Canales​

Agricultural Economics

Expertise:
Specialty Crops, Farm Management

Local Food System Program:
Farm Management Budgets and Finances

Focus:
Production Economics

 


Rachel Carter

Rachael Carter

Extension Center for Government and Community Development

Expertise:
Community Development, Tourism, Economics and Natural Resource Policy

Local Food System Program:
Growing Your Brand

Focus:
Marketing

 


Dr. Christine Coker

Dr. Christine Coker

Coastal Research & Extension Center  

Expertise:
Urban Horticulture, Vegetables, Green Roofs, Food Systems

Local Food System Program:
Starting a School Garden

Focus:
Production

 


Dr. Alba Collart

Dr. Alba Collart

Agricultural Economics

Expertise:
Horticultural Marketing, Food and Agriculture Policy

Local Food System Program:
Consumer Preferences, Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Focus:
Food Marketing and Policy

 


Dr. Courtney Crist

Dr. Courtney Crist

Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Expertise:
Food Safety

Local Food System Program:
Food as Business for Producers

Focus:
Food Safety and Handling

 


Dr. Laura Downey

Dr. Laura Downey

School of Human Sciences

Expertise:
Human Sciences

Local Food System Program:
Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative

Focus:
Nutrition and Health Promotion for Consumers

 


Dr. Brent Fountain

Dr. Brent Fountain

Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Expertise:
Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Local Food System Program:
Walk-A-Weigh

Focus:
Nutrition and Health Promotion for Consumers

 


Elizabeth North

Elizabeth North

Agricultural Communications

Expertise:
Agricultural Communications

Local Food System Program:
SERA 47: Local and Regional Foods

Focus:
Supply Chain, Marketing, and Policy

 


Dr. Ben Posadas

Dr. Ben Posadas

Coastal Research & Extension Center

Expertise:
Agribusiness Disaster Economics, Food and Seafood Marketing, and Seafood Economics

Local Food System Program:
Developing Marketing Plans for Direct-to-Consumer Enterprises

Focus:
Marketing Economics

 


Dr. Juan Silva

Juan Silva

Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion

Expertise:
Food safety systems development

Local Food System Program:
Acidified Canned Foods Training and General Food Safety Training for Mississippi Certified Farmers’ Market Vendors and the Cottage Food Industries

Focus:
Food Safety and Handling

 


Dr. Rick Snyder

Dr. Rick Snyder

Central MS Research & Extension Center

Expertise:
Greenhouse tomatoes and other vegetables, Field vegetables, and Mushrooms

Local Food System Program:
Greenhouse Tomato Short Course

Focus:
Production

 


Dr. Eric Stafne

Dr. Eric Stafne

Coastal Research & Extension Center

Expertise:
Fruit Crops

Local Food System Program:
Specialty Crop Production

Focus:
Production

 


Dr. Jeff Wilson

Dr. Jeff Wilson

Extension Northeast Region

Expertise:
Horticulture: Ornamentals, Lanscape, Turfgrass, Fruits and Vegetables

Local Food System Program:
North Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Focus:
Production

 


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News

Strawberries in various stages of ripening sit on top of black weed barrier matting.
Filed Under: Crops, Fruit, Specialty Crop Production, Farmers Markets April 27, 2018

MACON, Miss. -- Myron Unruh has no complaints about the quality of his farm’s strawberries. He just wishes more of them would grow.

“We picked some strawberries earlier this week, and they were gorgeous, but we’re getting less than half of what we should be getting,” said Unruh, who owns Lazy U Farms in Macon. “It’s pretty tough right now.”

Shoppers can be seen browsing in the background of a farmers market sign.
Filed Under: Local Food System Economies, Farmers Markets, Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program TCALP April 26, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The value and healthfulness of farm-fresh foods will be on display May 22 for a group of 15 adults who attend a Mississippi State University Extension Service daylong tour.

Filed Under: Local Flavor, City and County Government January 29, 2018

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering a financial workshop to entrepreneurs and community leaders working with food or food-related initiatives.

A group of ripening tomatoes are shown in a close-up.
Filed Under: Specialty Crop Production, Vegetable Diseases, Vegetable Gardens January 27, 2018

Bone-chilling temps have you stuck inside dreaming of that first home-grown tomato sandwich? Well, this is a great time to prepare for a healthy crop. (Photo by Alan Henn)

Filed Under: Specialty Crop Production, Local Food System Economies, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens January 11, 2018

CARRIERE, Miss. -- The Small Farm Training Center will host the Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day on Jan. 19 in Hancock County.

Farm operators Terry and Elicia Sheldon, along with student apprentices who live and work at the center, will show attendees their techniques for growing organic produce.

Success Stories

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Farmers Markets
Volume 3 Number 4

Ruby D. Rankin spent 33 years leading, serving, and working hand in hand with the people of Kemper County. Her position with the Mississippi State University Extension Service linked her to the community and made her unforgettable to the people who knew her.

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