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February 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Agricultural commodity groups meet annually with research and Extension personnel to convey needs and hear updates.

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February 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Under constant, ideal conditions, Bradford pear trees could provide a quarter century of beauty. Unfortunately, the weather will never cooperate to protect these vulnerable ornamental trees for an extended time.

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February 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Water Quality

 A new research center in the Mississippi Delta is tasked with studying agricultural water management to protect this critical natural resource.

Green bushes grow in rows, holding red and black berries, along with a few white flowers, above their leaves.
February 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, I want to spend our time considering the last of the 2019 Mississippi Medallion selections, Sweetie Pie blackberry.

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February 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Water Quality

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In past decades, researchers have revealed many connections between water bodies and adjacent landscapes. Much attention has been given to how soil, water, nutrients, pollutants -- and energy, in general -- move from land to nearby water bodies in runoff.

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February 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Preparedness, Family, Family Financial Management, Basic Money Management, Disaster Relief

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Movies depict many scenarios where a person has to leave home quickly, and those scenes show how important it is to grab the right items.

Susan Cosgrove, family resource management Extension associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cash and financial records should be high on the list of items to take in an emergency.

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February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, we continue our look at the 2019 Mississippi Medallion plants with a fantastic Mississippi tree, the tupelo. Tupelo is known botanically as Nyssa sylvatica and is commonly called black tupelo or black gum.

February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Commercial pecan growers can learn about orchard establishment and management during the 2019 Pecan Education Workshop March 20 in Raymond.

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February 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

Each spring, wild turkeys -- the largest gamebirds in the state -- begin their annual mating rituals and behaviors. The season attracts thousands of hunters into Mississippi woods for hunting opportunities every year.

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February 8, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Volunteers, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Livestock

 The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.

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February 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, Economic Development, Small Business

Almost 10 percent of Mississippi’s $11 billion in annual exports are agricultural products, and Mississippi State University Extension Service experts are working to see that amount increase.

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February 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We survived the latest polar vortex, and I join other Mississippi gardeners in being thankful that we didn’t get the really extreme cold our friends up North experienced. But still, it was cold enough for me and my garden. 

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February 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Fisheries

Weather in late-winter Mississippi is always a rollercoaster, with cold snaps followed by spring-like reprieves followed by more cold snaps.

Occasionally, the temperature dips low enough to freeze pond surfaces, but a week later, the bass are shallow and biting. Every few years, we get a deep freeze in the single digits for several days, and most tranquil water bodies freeze over. The ice can be an inch deep or thicker and persist for several weeks. Many of us ill-prepared Southerners worry about the impact on our fish

One teenager clasps both of her hands to press on a training manikin’s chest, while another female student holds a ventilator mask over its face. A nurse in the background watches a large wall-mounted monitor.
January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Rural Health

A summer program application process is underway for high school juniors looking for a jump-start on college and exposure to careers in medicine and science.

January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Beginning Forestry, Timber Harvest

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites private landowners to a workshop to learn about the benefits prescribed burns provide for wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burning workshop will be held at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Crawford, Mississippi, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative

Human health in the home is the focus of a new partnership between the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi University for Women College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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January 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

One of the signs that spring will be sprung in the near future is when the daffodils start awakening and poking up in the landscape beds.

Two middle-school-aged girls and a middle-aged male teacher look on at another girl poking a hole in the side of a black tray for a science project.
January 25, 2019 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

Growing food on Earth is challenging enough, but two Armstrong Middle School robotics teams are exploring the cultivation of leafy greens in space.

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January 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Forest Ecology, Forest Management

Many landowners want to make changes in Conservation Reserve Program hardwood plantations because of declining populations of game animals, especially deer.

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January 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Farms profit margins vary as input costs rise and market prices fluctuate, making every expense significant.

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