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March 23, 2006 - Filed Under: Soils

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- New regulations that govern lime sales make it easier for producers to decide how best to meet their soils' nutrient needs.

Larry Oldham, soil specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said Mississippi's lime law was established in 1993. In 1997, the regulations were amended to create a grading system, but these regulations were revised recently with input from the Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and other stakeholders. The new law went into effect Dec. 15.

March 23, 2006 - Filed Under: Forages

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A May 11 forage field day in Holly Springs will display cutting- edge grazing and forage research and present information on the management of one Mississippi State University cow herd.

The North Mississippi Forage Field Day is being held at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s Holly Springs Branch Experiment Station. Highlights of the one-day event will be information on chicory grazing research, Brown Midrib Sudangrass and beef herd management.

Lena Pearl Boutwell Griffin
March 16, 2006 - Filed Under: 4-H, Master Gardener

By Debbie Montgomery

RIPLEY -- The inscribed stone on Lena Pearl Boutwell Griffin's table best describes her lifelong love of plants and vegetables: Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.

As long as she can remember, the Ripley resident has had her hands in the soil and her palate placated by delicious homegrown fruits and vegetables. Earliest memories involve 4-H projects in her native Newton County.

March 16, 2006 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Today's senior adults grew up at a time when keys were left in cars, houses were rarely locked and people respected their elders, but times have changed.

Bill Moak of Mississippi's Better Business Bureau said seniors are especially vulnerable because they are so trusting. He wants to educate people about potential scams so they can recognize fraudulent claims when they encounter them.

“We (at the Better Business Bureau) investigate questionable marketplace practices,” Moak said. “It is possible for something to be legal without being ethical.”

March 16, 2006 - Filed Under: Beef, Poultry

RALEIGH -- Poultry and cattle farmers will gain the latest production recommendations from state and regional experts during educational seminars and a trade show set for April 13 in South Mississippi.

The Magnolia Beef and Poultry Expo will take place at the Smith County Agricultural Complex on Highway 35 South in Raleigh. Organizers expect producers from across the area to hear health and marketing recommendations as well as methods to improve production efficiency.

The foliage of Wild Lime coleus matches the yellow in the Prairie Sun rudbeckias and helps provide an opposite complementary color for the Easy Wave Blue petunias.
March 16, 2006 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Garden centers are bringing in new flowers by the truck full, and choices may seem a little overwhelming. One thing you should consider is incorporating plants grown for foliage, such as the coleus, in combination with those you pick for flowers.

One stunning planting I saw late last summer would be easy for anyone to duplicate. It had rudbeckias, petunias and coleus.

March 9, 2006 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Springtime has a way of making would-be gardeners dream of fresh tomatoes, corn and beans, but putting in a garden requires some planning ahead.

David Nagel, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said light, drainage and water are absolute necessities for plants.

“If you want to grow any vegetable and most flowers, you have to have at least half a day of sunshine,” Nagel said. “Most things do best in a full day of sunshine, but a half day is an absolute minimum.”

James and Linda Johnson
March 9, 2006 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Debbie Montgomery

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two pets and more than a quarter of a century of relationships with Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine have cemented a bond between a Germantown, Tenn. couple and the college.

James and Linda Johnson received college educations at other institutions, but the education forged by their pets' illnesses have led to a lifetime commitment as voluntary spokespersons on behalf of the CVM.

March 9, 2006 - Filed Under: Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- For the ninth year in a row, Mississippi State University and the state’s community colleges are teaming up to encourage bright high school seniors to consider a medical profession in Mississippi.

The intense, five-week Rural Medical Scholars summer program at MSU aims to identify the state’s future primary care doctors and help them become members of the medical class of 2015.

Mystic Spires Blue is the first dwarf or compact selection of the well-loved Indigo Spires. It will work well with perennials like purple coneflowers and summer phlox, or combined with yellows like melampodium, black-eyed Susans and New Gold lantana.
March 9, 2006 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Since its discovery almost 40 years ago, Indigo Spires salvia has been one of the most loved flowers in Southern gardens. It deserves the Mississippi Medallion honor even though it has never received the award.

March 9, 2006 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Pests

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mulching is a springtime ritual for many homeowners, but there is concern this year that the common practice could bring unwanted and costly visitors to homes.

During 2005, hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma felled thousands of trees along coastal areas from Texas to Florida. Many of those trees, especially in urban areas, have been shredded for mulch. Because trees are a common habitat for Formosan subterranean termites, there is concern that the pest could be transported in mulch to previously uninfested areas.

March 2, 2006 - Filed Under: Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Health care costs are high and going higher, but health advocates say consumers can take some steps to protect their pocketbook.

Jane Clary, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said prevention is a major part of health care.

"Anything that can be done to maintain good health, prevent health from deteriorating, and identify and treat medical problems when they occur will help keep the costs of health care down," Clary said.

Rick Snyder
March 2, 2006 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Home gardeners throughout Mississippi know that the Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs is the place to see award-winning vegetable and flower varieties. Now the station itself is an award winner.

The Mississippi State University facility is the 2005 All-America Selections Display Garden Exemplary Education Category II award winner. The category II designation is for locations receiving between 5,000 and 100,000 visitors a year.

Blazin Rose Iresine
March 2, 2006 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

The Iresine varieties Blazin Rose and Bloodleaf got a lot of attention at the Gulf Coast Garden and Patio Show and look to be among the hottest plants for 2006. If you missed them in Hattiesburg, you will be able to see them at the 9th Jackson Garden and Patio Show.

March 2, 2006 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi manufactures are encouraged to take part in an upcoming nationwide teleconference addressing the problem of high energy costs threatening profits in many industries.

The March 9 satellite teleconference “Industrial Efficiency Initiative: Save Energy, Maximize Profits” is being offered at five sites spanning the state. It is produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest Food Processors Association and the Food-processing Industry Resource Efficiency Team, and is offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

March 2, 2006 - Filed Under: Organic Fruit and Vegetables

By Emily Cole

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Several Mississippi growers are responding to consumer demand for food grown without the use of any chemicals, and organic fruits and vegetables are cropping up across the state.

Rick Snyder, a vegetable specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said interest in organic food is slowly gaining momentum in Mississippi, and the demand stems from health awareness in America.

February 23, 2006 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Thousands of school children and visitors from across the state will learn about animals and careers in animal medicine during an upcoming event at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine will hold their 22nd annual open house April 7 and 8 at the Wise Center, located on the south side of campus off Spring Street.

2006 Mississippi Medallion winner Knock Out is a shrub rose that is very disease resistant, and plants are heat and drought tolerant once established.
February 23, 2006 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Ten years after the Mississippi Medallion award program started in 1996, the Mississippi Plant Selections Committee is announcing its first award-winning rose: Knock Out.

February 23, 2006 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE-- The Mississippi National Guard has enlisted the help of Mississippi State University in a partnership with a South American ally.

Bolivia participates in the National Guard State Partnership Program, which matches U.S. states with countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Central America and South America to pursue activities of mutual benefit.

February 16, 2006 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Most Mississippians leave to the courts the decision of who gets their kids, money or assets when they die, but experts urge everyone to think carefully before letting this happen.

Wills and estate plans are legal documents that specify how a person's assets and responsibilities are to be handled after their death.

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