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Extension Professional's Creed

The Extension Professional's Creed was adopted by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension honorary society, in 1927. Even after almost a century, the words still resonate with Extension employees everywhere, describing the work we do, how we do it, and, most importantly, why we do it. The Creed has become a true touchstone that unites us all in service to the people of our states, extending knowledge to change their lives for the better.

In these videos, Mississippi State University Extension employees share their own special interpretation of the words of the Creed.

The Extension Professional’s Creed

I BELIEVE in people and their hopes, their aspirations, and their faith; in their right to make their own plans and arrive at their own decisions; in their ability and power to enlarge their lives and plan for the happiness of those they love.

I BELIEVE that education, of which Extension work is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiative, self-determination, and leadership; that these are the keys to democracy; and that people, when given facts they understand, will act not only in their self-interest, but also in the interest of society.

I BELIEVE that education is a lifelong process and the greatest university is the home; that my success as a teacher is proportional to those qualities of mind and spirit that give me welcome entrance to the homes of the families I serve.

I BELIEVE in intellectual freedom to search for and present the truth without bias and with courteous tolerance toward the views of others.

I BELIEVE that Extension is the link between the people and the ever-changing discoveries in the laboratories.

I BELIEVE in the public institutions of which I am a part.

I BELIEVE in my own work and in the opportunity I have to make my life useful to humanity.

Because I BELIEVE these things, I am an Extension professional.

Epsilon Sigma Phi, The National Extension Honorary, adopted 1927

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News

Filed Under: Extension Administration, Regional Extension Coordinators April 1, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State University Extension Service has a familiar face directing its outreach efforts in the coastal region.

LaTawnya Holliman has been named regional Extension coordinator for the coastal region’s 21 counties effective April 1. She began the role on an interim basis in April 2020.

Filed Under: About Extension, Extension Administration, Regional Extension Coordinators, Research and Extension Centers April 1, 2022

Theresa Hand has been selected to lead the efforts of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the central region. Hand assumes the regional Extension coordinator position on April 1. She has served as interim in the position since April 2020.

Filed Under: Extension Program Priorities, Beef January 31, 2022

A beef cattle specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service has been recognized for her service and research with one of the most prestigious honors in the field of animal science. 

Brandi Karisch, associate Extension and research professor in the MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, received the 2022 Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science award during the organization’s annual meeting.

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Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership, Extension Program Priorities January 14, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been awarded a grant that will help educate, recruit and retain tribal students from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) to succeed in college and in a career. 

MSU and the Choctaw Division of Education signed a memorandum of understanding designed to strengthen partnerships between the university and the Choctaw tribe. The memorandum is associated with the grant, “New Beginning for Tribal Students,” awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Filed Under: About Extension, County Extension Offices, Extension Administration November 18, 2021

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is modifying its administrative structure to commit more resources for county level staffing.

Upon Steve Martin’s return to his primary role as MSU Extension associate director Nov. 16, his title changed to Associate Director for County Operations.

Success Stories

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County Extension Offices, Extension Administration, Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans
Volume 8 Number 1

Following its 2020 cancellation, the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Row Crop Short Course hosted 675 people from Mississippi and neighboring states.

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About Extension
Volume 7 Number 3

Dear friends,

As you read the powerful client testimonies featured in Extension Matters, you can see the positive impact of Extension’s programs in agriculture, youth development, conservation, healthy living, and community building. Your generosity can help Extension accomplish even more!

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Extension Program Development Teams, Economic Development
Volume 2 Number 3

Staggers encourages individuals, businesses to support Extension

Contributing to the Mississippi State University Extension Service just got a little easier. William “Will” Staggers joined the MSU Foundation in December 2015 as an assistant director of development. He works to attract additional support for Extension’s research-based educational programs, facilities, professional development, and other needs.

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About Extension
Volume 2 Number 2

Mississippi Shines as Spotlight State at Sunbelt Ag Expo

The MSU Extension Service, along with Alcorn State University, the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and the Mississippi Farm Bureau, hosted the Spotlight State building at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, North America’s premier farm show, in October 2015.

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4-H, Disaster Response-Youth, Extension Administration, Community, City and County Government, Disaster Response, Family, Children and Parenting, MSU Extension Head Start, Health, Coronavirus
Volume 6 Number 2

Mississippi Small Businesses Receive Extension Support

When federal and state lending programs specifically geared toward small businesses were announced as part of the government’s response to natural disasters and COVID-19, Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel went into action to distribute information to Mississippi Main Street’s businesses, organizations, and farmers markets.

Watch

Voices From The Flood 5 | A Community Rising
Voices from the Flood

Part 5: A Community Rising

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 8:00am
Voices From The Flood 4 | The Hidden Costs
Voices from the Flood

Part 4: The Hidden Costs

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 8:00am
Voices From The Flood 3 | The Economic Loss
Voices from the Flood

Part 3: The Economic Loss

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 8:00am
Voices From The Flood 2 | A Perfect Storm
Voices from the Flood

Part 2: The Perfect Storm

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:00am

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