Extension Matters: Volume 8 Number 3
On the surface, the Mississippi Aquarium may seem like just a fun destination where people can learn about and get an up-close look at aquatic life and other wildlife. But the purpose of the aquarium is much more profound.
All third, fourth, and fifth graders, about 650 children, participate in the Junior Master Gardener program, led by Coach Roland “Ro” Román as part of the children’s physical education instruction.
Kendra McGregory, a Houston, Mississippi, fourth grader, attended the program for the first time in 2021.
Hinds County native Eric Hunter is using the skills and networks he developed in 4-H to succeed as operations manager of environmental services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He applies time management and organizational skills to stay focused and prepared for his duties.
On paper, Mike Wagner seems like an ordinary, successful Mississippi producer, but, in person, he defies expectations.
State 4-H Congress, held at Mississippi State University in June, hosted more than 300 Mississippi 4-H’ers from every county. Young people were inspired through networking and competing at Congress.
Opening the right lines of communication is usually a prerequisite for anyone planning to start their own business.
The Pearl River County 4-H Junior Master Gardeners have made some special additions to Poplarville City Park. A new pollinator garden planted in raised beds features a wildflower area, a native plant area, and an herb area.
The annual Christmas Cactus Showcase in Brooksville each December features anywhere from 45 to 60 colorful cacti, most of which are under the year-round care of Pat Hill.
When teachers and administrators at Leland School Park began taking steps to install a school garden in 2019, they had no idea they would get a first-of-its-kind outdoor classroom.
At just 10 years old, Annalexa Moore is learning how to be a responsible pet owner, thanks to the 4-H Dog Club in Lauderdale County.
Sharing links to popular social media posts and new feeds.
Leaders at Walmart in Louisville had already noticed Facebook posts announcing the new Winston County 4-H Kayak and Fishing Club when front-end coach Nikki Marshall realized they had too many life jackets and paddles in stock.
Message from the Director
We are winding down another harvest, and we continue our Extension mission to extend knowledge and change lives. We are in every county, supporting Mississippians from all walks of life as they work to grow their families and businesses, conserve resources, and increase profitability.
This issue of Extension Matters features clients’ stories of success in each of Extension’s five subject areas: agriculture, natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and government and community development. These clients are getting the tools they need from Extension agents, specialists, and faculty.
Each of these stories of success shows that Extension delivers the support and education Mississippians need to accomplish their goals. I’m proud to say that Extension is continuing our work to make the great state of Mississippi even better.
Interim Director, MSU Extension Service