- Early Bird registration is now over.
However, you may register at the door on March 7. See you at the Short Course!
- Online registration
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- Grower Short Course Registration Fee
by 2/20/2017: $200
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- Exhibitor Advance Registration Fee:
$375 by 2/20/2017
At the door, payment must be made by check, money order, or cash. Credit cards are not accepted at the door.
The registration fee includes coffee, refreshments, lunch both days, all Extension publications, and some very special promotional items. All those who preregister will also receive the latest edition of the one-of-a-kind Greenhouse Tomato Short Course cap.
Tax Deduction for Education Expense
The United States of America Treasury Regulation 1.162.5 may permit you to take an income tax deduction for education expenses (registration fees and cost of travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken to: “(1) maintain or improve skills required in one’s employment or other trade or business, or (2) meet express requirements of an employer on a law imposed as a condition to retention of employment, job status, or rate of compensation.” Save your receipts and call the IRS or check with your tax adviser for more information.
Pumpkins are a minor agricultural crop in Mississippi, but demand increases every year as consumers use them mostly for decoration.
Casey Barickman, Mississippi State University Extension Service vegetable specialist and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher, said the state has an estimated 500 to 600 acres of pumpkins.
Mississippi’s sod producers experienced good news and bad news from 2017 weather conditions. Jay McCurdy, turfgrass specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the good news was a modestly warm spring with timely rainfall provided good growing conditions for most of the state’s sod farms. The bad news was the same weather promoted the growth of weeds and fungal diseases.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi producers are growing 28,100 acres of sweet potatoes this year, but not one of those is below the northern third of the state.
What keeps growers in south Mississippi from planting the increasingly popular crop? Weevils are mostly to blame.
“Sweet potatoes grown in south Mississippi require more inputs to exclude weevils from fields and have stricter regulations as far as how and where sweet potatoes can be shipped and marketed,” said Stephen Meyers, sweet potato specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Official numbers show Mississippi’s soybean crop is ahead of schedule and in good shape, but many fields have actually spent a wet month waiting for harvest.
Trent Irby, Mississippi State University Extension Service soybean specialist, said this delay -- caused by frequent, heavy rains -- impacted a portion of the state’s crop.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s grain sorghum acreage is at an historic low, and market prices are not much better, but yields should be good.
Erick Larson, grain crops specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said that when market incentives went away after 2015, so did farmers’ desire to plant grain sorghum, also known as milo. State growers may have planted 10,000 acres this year, the fewest since record keeping began in 1929.