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A farmer stands with a tractor in the background looking at a document and holding a hand to his head in worry.
September 4, 2019 - Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative

2019 has been an extraordinarily bad year for agriculture, and the extra mental stress it has placed on producers sends many of them looking for relief, not always in good ways.

A round cluster of red, tubular flowers rises above a sea of lime green leaves.
September 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

About 10 years ago while attending a meeting in Miami, I had the opportunity to tour around south Florida, sightseeing and enjoying the horticulture.

A man in a brown shirt, safety mask and rubber gloves adjusts a pair of goggles over his eyes.
August 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Response, Disaster Recovery

Every approach to cleaning a house after a flood has its pitfalls.

August 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program TCALP, TCALP Class News

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A new group of 12 Mississippi agricultural professionals has been selected for the second class of the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service, in partnership with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, established the two-year, nine-seminar program to help emerging leaders in the state’s agricultural industry develop leadership skills and policy knowledge while visiting agricultural systems in Mississippi and abroad. They will also visit legislators in Jackson and Washington, D.C.

A white bowl of mixed chopped fresh fruits and berries on white background.
August 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition

 Incoming college freshman think of almost every possible new experience they could encounter in their new world; however, some neglect the dreaded “freshman 15.”

Clusters of small, reddish-purple berries line branches among a sea of green leaves.
August 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite Mississippi native plants is just starting to show its true landscape value. Of course, I’m referring to our native Callicarpa americana, known commonly and affectionately as the American beautyberry.

August 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Community, Economic Development, Rural Development

The annual Alabama-Mississippi-Tennessee Rural Tourism Conference will be in Natchez Oct. 21-23.

August 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming, Community, Health

From agricultural damage to financial challenges, the effects of a natural disaster can be physically and emotionally overwhelming for farmers and residents of an impacted region. As those in the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas continue to cope and begin recovery from recent devastating floods, faculty and staff in Mississippi State’s Extension Service and Department of Psychology are extending reminders that can help.

A clump of large caladium leaves with green edges and pink centers growing out of a bed of pine straw.
August 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

In recent years, gardeners everywhere have seen quite a few plants that were once grown only in shady conditions come out into the sunshine. Sunpatiens were my first experience with these now sun lovers.

August 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Rice, Community

Mississippi’s 259 rice-producing farms rank the state No. 5 nationally in rice production, a fact highlighted in September when Mississippians are urged to “Think Rice.”

A private property sign is nailed to a tree with vegetation in the background.
August 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife

As fall and cooler weather are right around the corner, one of the most frequent questions I get from landowners related to protection of their property is, “Can I shoot a trespasser?”

August 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

The Mississippi State University Extension Service plans to ease the transition to school for families with young children through a new Head Start program on the Gulf Coast.

A muddy field with standing water in its furrows.
August 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Farm Safety, Health, The PROMISE Initiative

Between her job and her home, Tracey Porter has not had a break from dealing with flooding in the last six months.

Porter is the deputy director of the Warren County Emergency Management Agency, and her husband, Rodney, farms in the southern Mississippi Delta. Excessive rain last winter and spring kept 250,000 acres of farmland out of production this year. During the time when he would normally prepare for planting season, Rodney Porter was building sandbag levees to protect flood waters from invading their home. She helped him when she was not on the clock assisting other affected people in her community.

Plants with mostly yellow peppers and some orange and red peppers perched on a bed of pine straw.
August 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The late summer garden and landscape in Mississippi can be a tough place. Extreme heat and humidity result in heat index numbers that keep me, like many other gardeners, indoors enjoying the air conditioning.

But, I can take solace in knowing that, while many of my flowering summer annuals are starting to succumb to the heat, my ornamental peppers will be growing strong. What a great selection for any later summer garden!

August 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Floral Design

Floral enthusiasts and other interested individuals can attend a luncheon event that showcases holiday and seasonal-themed floral arrangements.

Two women and four children stand in a vegetable garden while holding yellow squash.
August 7, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H, Farming

Controller’s Generation II and Controller’s Generation III 4-H club members in Oktibbeha County pick produce from a community garden in Maben, Mississippi, on August 6, 2019.

August 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming

The next Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day will feature a roundtable discussion on farm management and tour of Yokna Bottoms Farm.

A crowd sits under tents as a speaker addresses them.
August 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

People can learn about timely topics related to muscadine vines during the 2019 Muscadine Field Day Aug. 29 in Carriere.

Five red radishes with green shoots rest on a black mat.
August 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the most fun things to do in the garden is to share stories. One of the best ones I have heard and shared is about my search for the long-lost Long Beach Red radish.

A closeup of signal grass blades shows grayish areas from armyworm damage.
August 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Grasses, Insects-Forage Pests, Management - Forages

Mississippi forage producers can grow a bountiful crop, but they are fighting wet weather and pests to harvest all of it.

Rocky Lemus, forage and grazing specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said hay harvest is about 5% behind where it was this time last year.

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