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A brown caterpillar hangs upside down on a curving blade of grass.
September 22, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects-Forage Pests, Insects-Home Lawns, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Every year, lawns and pastures become targets for late-summer grass-eating caterpillars, making it important to watch for the usual suspects and some culprits that are less common.

September 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Catfish, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Specialty Crop Production, Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for assistance from agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 -- CFAP 2 -- begins Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 11, 2020. The program is open to producers of row crops, livestock, aquaculture, dairy and specialty crop commodities.

September 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Agri-business, Disaster Preparedness

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering weekly training on disaster preparation for the food and agricultural sectors.

September 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Beef

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The North Mississippi Beef Expo is a premier venue for anyone who wants the latest updates on cattle markets and beef production research at Mississippi State University.

Hosted by the MSU Extension Service, the two-day event will be held Oct. 22 at the Tippah County Fairgrounds in Ripley and Oct. 23 at the Batesville Civic Center.

Rows of canning jars line a table at an open-air marketplace.
September 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Local Food System Economies, Food and Health, Food

Cottage food laws enacted to allow new entrepreneurs to start small-scale food businesses in their homes were updated recently to stay current with the business climate.

A bowl of uncooked brown rice.
September 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Rice, Local Flavor, Food, Nutrition

September is National Rice Month! So, let’s celebrate with some great tasting rice recipes that have been featured on the blog.

A red cotton picker sits in front of a cotton field.
September 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Cotton

Mississippi has a good-looking cotton crop in most places, but acreage is down to 520,000 acres because of a rainy planting season and unfavorable market conditions.

Grilled sweet potato slices on a bright turquoise blue plate
August 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes, Food and Health, Food

Just because sweet potatoes are harvested in the fall doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them year-round! With this recipe for Grilled Sweet Potatoes, you don’t even have to heat up the oven!

August 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Poultry, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

Poultry producers across the Southeast have plenty of experience cleaning up after storm damage to broiler and breeder houses, but they now have new guidelines for hurricane preparedness and recovery.

A red combine drives down a gravel road with farmland on both sides.
August 26, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farm Safety

Fall brings a surge in the number of farm machines travelling on the state’s roads, and drivers everywhere need to be cautious when near them.

Grilled marinated chicken breasts
August 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Poultry, Food and Health, Food

Have you ever fallen into a cooking rut, using the same spices and flavorings on all your foods?  There’s nothing wrong with relying on a few faithful flavors—I love lemon pepper!—but trying new recipes can open up your taste horizons and renew your enthusiasm for cooking.

Marinades are a fun way to experiment with flavors, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on premade options. Combining different oils, acids (citrus juice, vinegar, soy sauce), and spices can take your taste buds on an adventure.

Beef and potato kabobs on a stainless steel platter
August 18, 2020 - Filed Under: Beef, Food and Health, Food

Grilled kabobs just shout summertime! The best part about kabobs is getting to choose your favorite vegetables to include. This traditional take on kabobs includes potatoes and zucchini. But you could easily add other veggies, including mushrooms or peppers.

You may be thinking, “Potatoes?! I’ll burn up my steak before the potatoes are done!” Never fear! You will microwave the potatoes before grilling to be sure they’re properly cooked!

August 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Agri-business, Agri-tourism, Local Food System Economies

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will start rolling out tips Monday to help agritourism farms adapt when they face market losses as COVID-19 changed the way schools are operating and how group events are being held this year.

Side-by-side images showing exterior packaging materials and close-up seed packet.
July 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Lawn and Garden

Mississippians are urged not to open or plant packets of unknown seeds that are appearing unsolicited in mailboxes, seemingly shipped from China. Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson urged state residents who receive the seeds to report them immediately. The Bureau of Plant Industry’s phone number is 662-325-3390.

July 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson instructs anyone receiving packages of unsolicited seeds from China, or any foreign country, in recent days to immediately contact the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s Bureau of Plant Industry by phoning (662) 325-3390. Those receiving the seeds are instructed to hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from MDAC’s Bureau of Plant Industry contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

Large nets converge on a boat with two men aboard.
July 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Catfish, Catfish Marketing, Coronavirus

Cash flow challenges are the latest struggle for Mississippi catfish producers, as product sales to their biggest consumers -- restaurants -- are way down due to COVID-19.

Rows of peanut plants.
July 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Rice, Soybeans, Wheat, Forages

Cotton and corn acreage in Mississippi are more than 30% below March projections, while growers of soybeans and peanuts planted much more than initially forecasted.

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