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December 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites growers and  financial professionals in the agricultural industry to the 2020 Agricultural and Rural Outlook Conference.

The conference will be held Jan. 7 at the Bost Extension Center auditorium on the main MSU campus in Starkville. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 3:30 p.m.

Financial management, farm policy, trade and agricultural commodity outlooks will be among the topics covered.

December 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture

Mynelle Gardens will be the host site for an Alliance of Sustainable Farms produce safety training Dec. 13.

November 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Local Food System Economies, Small Business, Food, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a workshop designed to help food-related business owners prepare for disasters.

“Food as a Business: Disaster Preparedness for Food Businesses” is for anyone who currently operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business, including retail, cottage food or food processing operations.

Topics include financial preparedness, risk management, record keeping, crisis communication planning, emergency-action planning and food recall and traceability planning.

November 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Local Flavor, City and County Government

Mississippi fruit and vegetable producers, specialty foods producers and interested farmers can learn how to get their products on local store shelves and into new markets during an upcoming meeting.

Green cypress tree rows in a field.
November 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Christmas Trees

Mississippians pondering ideas for a side business could consider investing in land and planting stem cuttings of Leyland and Murray cypress trees.

Ripe muscadines on a vine with green foliage.
November 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

Video by Michaela Parker

Muscadines are a great fruit to grow at your home, especially here in Mississippi. They thrive in warm, humid weather, making them the perfect fruit to grow in your backyard! If you have been thinking about setting up a muscadine vineyard, here are a few tips to get you started.

Multiple sweet potatoes in a box.
November 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes and yams. They’re the same thing, right?

Not really. They look and taste different. Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are sweeter with a smooth, thin skin. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

November 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture

GREENWOOD, Miss. – Mississippi farmers and residents who live in the Greenwood area can drop off their unused agricultural pesticides and electronic waste during the Agricultural Pesticide Disposal Day event.

The collection event is Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Leflore County Civic Center located at 200 Highway 7 North in Greenwood.

November 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Cotton leafroll dwarf virus is capable of causing significant yield loss and was reported for the first time in Mississippi earlier this year.

The implications of this disease will be a major focus of the 2019 Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course Dec. 2-4 at the Cotton Mill Conference Center in Starkville. This course is hosted by the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Eric Stafne kneels beside a newly planted blueberry bush.
November 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit

Blueberries aren’t just delicious. They’re high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, which is part of the reason they have gained popularity in our kitchens. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/MSU Extension)

A pecan tree orchard with an irrigation system.
November 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite the weather challenges this year, most Mississippi pecan producers expect a good yield.

However, a wet spring and late-summer drought could mean nut loss and lessened nut quality for some growers.

October 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Landscape and Garden Design

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- An upcoming workshop will offer training for people who want to turn their piece of land into an edible landscape, no matter the size.

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host its monthly workshop Nov. 8 at Galloway Family Farm in Ocean Springs.

Topics will include growing an edible landscape and square-foot gardening.

Galloway Family Farm has been in operation for more than 50 years, growing crops usually only seen on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, including pawpaws, Japanese plums, bananas and kiwis.

Four men in business suits talking to each other and laughing.
October 21, 2019 - Filed Under: 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 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.

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.

Ripe muscadines on the vine.
October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Fruit

If you want to grow muscadines at your home, choosing the right variety can be intimidating. With so many varieties to pick from, how do you know you’re picking the right one?

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 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 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.

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