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A plant with light green leaves and white flowers on tall stems grows in the shade under a tree.
July 17, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

With Mississippi's legendary summer heat, everyone wants some shade trees in the home landscape. But with shade comes a unique challenge: what plants thrive with less sunlight? (Photo by Gary Bachman)

Homemade pico de gallo in a white container placed in the center of a wooden bowl of tortilla chips.
July 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

Summertime means homegrown tomatoes, or tasty tomatoes picked up at the local farmers market. One of my favorite ways to use these seasonal treats is a fresh summer salsa that’s delicious on top of grilled fish or chicken, a healthy addition to a baked potato, or the perfect match for tortilla chips and taco salad. I personally love tortilla chips with lime! (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A brown tick is pictured next to a penny on a gray background.
July 10, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests

Whether you work or play outdoors in the summertime, you are a prime target for mosquitos and ticks.

Aside from being irritating, insect pests can carry bacteria, parasites and viruses, such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which could make humans sick. It’s important to protect yourself. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)

Two ears of seasoned grilled corn on a platter.
July 6, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

Sweet corn is a popular crop in Mississippi, and different varieties grow throughout the warm months. It’s an affordable, fresh, and locally grown treat. Whether you like to cook it in the microwave  or cream it like your grandma taught you, corn is one of those foods that sings summertime! (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A pint glass jar filled with homemade taco seasoning sits on a kitchen countertop.
July 3, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

It’s TACO TUESDAY! Don’t you hate reaching into the cabinet for that little packet of taco seasoning, only to find you forgot to buy any? 

Save yourself an extra trip to the store, and mix up your own taco seasoning! (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

Fireworks explode against a dark sky and above a large body of water.
June 29, 2018 - Filed Under: Community, Children and Parenting, Health

Many people celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. However, it pays to be cautious with these beautiful explosives. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

A man shows how to supplement supermarket floral bouquets with landscape materials.
June 25, 2018 - Filed Under: Floral Design, Flower Gardens

Let’s face it. Sometimes we need a quick, inexpensive bouquet of flowers to give to a friend or family member or to freshen up our own spaces.

Jim DelPrince, Extension horticulture specialist, shows you how to use landscape materials to supplement those pretty bouquets you see at the supermarket and get more bang for your buck. (Photo credit: Zac Ashmore/Cindy Callahan) 

A product display of Greek yogurt, buttermilk and kefir.
June 21, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

If you’re lactose intolerant, you may roll your eyes when you think of dairy. Yes, June is National Dairy Month, but what good is that to you? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A sliced, ripe watermelon sits on a table outdoors.
June 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Watermelon Cantaloupe and Cucumber, Watermelons, Vegetable Gardens

Choosing a ripe watermelon at the market is easy if you know what to look for.  (Photo credit: Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A graphic depicts a woman preparing to clean a refrigerator after storing a recalled food item.
June 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Food Safety, Health

June is National Healthy Homes Month! Do you know all the steps to take to ensure your home is safe and healthy for your family?

A regular cleaning regime can keep your home free of dust, dirt, mold and pests. But did you know your refrigerator should be in this regular lineup? (Graphic by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

A can of Broad Spectrum SPF 70 sunscreen.
June 12, 2018 - Filed Under: Health

As a redhead, I am familiar with the consequences of not paying attention to sun safety. I still remember having blistered shoulders as a young child from a trip to the beach. OUCH! Sunburns are not only painful, but also dangerous: each incidence of sunburn increases my risk of developing skin cancer. (Photo by Brian Utley)

A parfait made of seasonal, locally grown blueberries, strawberries, granola, and yogurt.
June 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

June is National Dairy Month, and what better way to enjoy a healthy dairy treat than a fast, easy fruit and yogurt parfait? (Photo by Jonathan Parrish)

A teenage boy in a blue and white long-sleeved shirt and protective gear, including a red and black helmet and black gloves, rides a red ATV around orange cones during a safety class. (Kevin Hudson)
June 5, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Safety Programs, ATV Safety

It's ATV Safety Week! (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

An African American woman with braided hair and wearing a white sweater shares a board book with her infant daughter who wears a coral shirt.
May 29, 2018 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative

Most parents are too busy for a college course in child development, but want to help their babies grow into children who are successful in learning and ultimately successful in life. (Photo by Canstock)

Natasha Haynes, an African American female wearing a plaid dress shirt stands in a kitchen and uses tongs to mix food ingredients in a stainless steel bowl. A tall bottle of olive oil is on the table.
May 25, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

If you want an inexpensive vegetable, this time of year you can find zucchini *everywhere.* If you have friends with big gardens, they might even give it away. Some of my Extension agent friends in other states joke about locking their car doors to keep people from putting bags of this versatile squash in there when no one is looking! 

A logo that represents the Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast. The logo contains graphics that represent a tractor, the sun and a plant.
May 22, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Crops, Farming

We’re excited to announce MSU Extension has recently launched the Mississippi Crop Situation Podcast!

A white bowl contains red grape tomatoes, sliced strawberries, sliced red apples, green sugar snap peas, orange carrots, and a dark purple grape.
May 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition

Every weekend before I go grocery shopping, I clean out the refrigerator and experience guilt.

Partially full yogurt containers past their expiration date. Shriveling squash. Browning celery. Leftovers I saved with good intentions but never ate. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

The Food Factor Logo
May 4, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

I love cooking eggs for breakfast. However, my omelets end up being more scrambled than the fancy folded-over works of art served in restaurants. With that in mind, I’m usually looking for quick and creative scrambled eggs ideas. (Photo by Zac Ashmore and Jonathan Parrish)

A red-throated hummingbird hovers over a red geranium.
May 3, 2018 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures and fun to watch. We usually begin to see them in Mississippi in March. Here are a few tips to draw them to your landscape.

A pan of prepared Italian sausages with onions and green and red peppers.
May 1, 2018 - Filed Under: Food

Everybody loves to save time in the kitchen. Sheet pan suppers have become a very trendy topic lately – Pinterest is LOADED with recipes and ideas. For me, a sheet pan meal is a surefire way to clean up in a hurry, because I line the pan with foil.

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