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Flowery grasses glow pink as they are backlit by the sun.
October 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

If there is a showier plant in the fall than our Mississippi native Gulf muhly grass, I don’t know what it is. Since it is a native, it was not bred for any particular characteristic but struts its stuff naturally.

Four men in business suits talking to each other and laughing.
October 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program TCALP, About TCALP, TCALP Class News, TCALP Class Notes, Program Alumni

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Noble Guedon’s last act as a participant in the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program was to challenge members of the incoming class.

“You need to view this as a development opportunity to make yourselves better leaders in your communities and in your industry,” he said. “Make sure when you go to all these seminars, make sure you build a network and get to know the people you visit.”

A man wearing hunting gear displays a deer he harvested with a bow and arrow.
October 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Wildlife, Chronic Wasting Disease

For many of you, chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is old hat and you’re tired of hearing about it. I understand.

A combine moves through a field, pouring harvested grain into a tractor driving alongside.
October 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Soybeans

Producers are tracing the mixed results they see from the 2019 Mississippi soybean harvest back to early struggles getting the crop started.

October 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Community

Community organizations are encouraged to participate in an upcoming community training forum on racial understanding Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Man wearing a cowboy hat standing against a fence in front of a field with cows grazing.
October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Beef

For the first 15 years of their marriage, Ted and Janet Parker lived off one income. She made the living, and nearly every penny he made as a beef cattle farmer went right back into growing their farm.

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October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health

Most Mississippians think of drug addiction as an issue other people face in faraway places, but the source of this problem could be as close as the family medicine cabinet.

October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness

Ryan Akers recently graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

More than a dozen purple blooms stand above feathery green foliage.
October 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We have finally gotten some cool, fall weather, and it’s time to start planting our cool-season color, but sometimes we need to enjoy the summer color that’s getting its second wind.

October 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Water Quality

Landowners and conservation professionals can learn about pastureland conservation practices during an Oct. 25 farm tour.

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Design and Management, Smart Landscapes

The annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Symposium at Mississippi State University allows home gardeners and landscape professionals to learn from experts in their fields as they gather ideas for better landscapes.

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting three training sessions designed to help Mississippi producers understand the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Rural Development

Broadband internet access provides development opportunities for rural areas.

October 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

The Mississippi State University Extension Equine-Assisted Therapy program will hold a fundraising event Oct. 12.

October 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Community, Disaster Response

A post-flood recovery meeting on Oct. 22 will help tie up some loose ends with information on agronomic and financial considerations for land that was flooded this year.

A white flower with a red center blooms among green leaves on red stems.
October 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite flowering landscape and garden plants has to be hibiscus, but hibiscus doesn’t refer to only one plant.

A pure white cotton boll opens on a brown stem.
October 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton

Parts of Mississippi’s landscape are turning white, but unlike some northern areas, this coloration is caused by cotton bolls opening for harvest, not snow accumulation.

October 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms is collaborating with the Mississippi Farm to School Network to connect producers and school food service directors.

A black butterfly with red and white spots stands on top of a single orange bloom.
September 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I had the opportunity this past weekend to speak at the Butterflies in the Pass Monarch Festival in Pass Christian. The monarch butterfly may be the most recognized and loved insect in the United States.

Two tractors pull harvest carts across a dusty field.
September 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Sweet Potatoes

Spring rains created two sweet potato crops in Mississippi, and the later-planted crop is shaping up to be better than the first as harvests get underway.

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