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May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two Mississippi State University scientists have been selected for a national leadership training program.

MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center professors Robert Kroger and David Jones will be in the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, class of 2012-2013.

Lead21’s purpose is to develop leaders within land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The year-long Lead21 course includes three sessions and an individual learning component.

On May 6, nearly 400 anglers in 189 boats launched on the Ross Barnett Reservoir to begin the annual Catch-A-Dream Foundation Bass Classic, which raises funds for hunting and fishing experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses. (Submitted Photo)
May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Children and Parenting

BRANDON – An organization that provides outdoor adventures to children facing life-threatening illnesses netted $65,000 at two recent fundraisers in Brandon.

The Catch-A-Dream Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization working in cooperation with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Each year, Catch-A-Dream fulfills the hunting- and fishing-related wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and cystic fibrosis. The foundation holds two benefit events each year: the Bass Classic and the Shotgun Jamboree.

May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Forages, Beef

PRAIRIE – An informational program and station tour of Mississippi State University’s Prairie Research Unit will focus on native grass and cattle production May 31.

The Native Grass and Cattle Field Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MSU research unit in Monroe County. Lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

David Nagel, a horticulturist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, shows Col. Bert Gilmore, right, and Col. David Powell how well a winter squash can be maintained more than a year after harvest. MSU agricultural specialists recently trained an elite group of military personnel preparing to help Afghans grow and store crops. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, About Extension

HATTIESBURG -- Mississippi’s Extension agents are not being deployed to Afghanistan, but their agricultural and food preservation information is.

Mississippi State University Extension Director Gary Jackson said agricultural specialists recently trained an elite group of military personnel preparing to assist the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture. After they are deployed, these men and women will maintain their contact with MSU specialists for ongoing needs and questions as they assist Afghan agricultural agents with demonstration food plots and similar responsibilities.

May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Technology

The weather has warmed up, and many of us are cleaning out closets, digging up the yard, mowing grass and generally getting ready for summer. Normally, I take to the couch when these moods strike and let the moment pass. Unfortunately, neglecting to clean up your computer can result in an overgrown jungle of electronic mayhem.

Start your computer’s spring cleaning by taking a look at your hardware. Hardware includes your monitor, mouse, keyboard, and hard drive, or CPU (central processing unit).

The monitor…

Members of the inaugural team of 4-H shooting sports ambassadors, who were chosen to represent Mississippi at local, state and national events, finish their first year of service this month. From left, Jessica Tedford of Bolivar County; Luke South of Tishomingo County; Logan Raines of Union County; Grace Raymond of Madison County; and John Long, state 4-H shooting sports coordinator. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Members of the inaugural team of 4-H shooting sports ambassadors hit the bull’s eye in their first year of service, said their Mississippi State University leader.

“We selected four experienced 4-H shooting sports competitors who are enthusiastic about the sport to represent Mississippi at local, state and national events, and this team has exemplified good sportsmanship, patience, respect and self-discipline,” said John Long, assistant Extension professor and state shooting sports coordinator.

In early May, Mississippi State University wildlife professor Jeanne Jones worked with BBC film crews shooting footage of toads' ability to capture prey. (Photo by MSU University Relations/Megan Bean)
May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Catfish

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Catfish and toads drew two British Broadcasting Corporation film crews and host to spend three days with Mississippi State University experts.

The crew was shooting an upcoming BBC documentary called Wonders of Life with host Brian Cox. It will follow Cox’s successful Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, viewed by millions of people in the United Kingdom and around the world last year.

Daryl Jones, an associate Extension professor in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Newton County Middle School student Scott Round look at the catfish Round caught during the Youth Fishing Day at MSU's Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station in Newton, a branch of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Environment, Fisheries

NEWTON – Spending the day fishing, searching pond water for insects, and hiking nature trails might not be a traditional middle school field trip, but organizers of the first Youth Fishing Day hope the May 11 event sparked an appreciation for the outdoors in participating sixth graders.

Representatives from TransCanada, Mississippi State University Extension Service and the University of Tennessee met in Jackson, Tenn. for a check presentation ceremony celebrating the donation of nearly $30,000 to 4-H. Those present include (front, from left) James Ethridge, Sardis area manager, TransCanada; Laura Noble, mid-America region, community investment coordinator, TransCanada; and Donna Eason-Pile, assistant development director, UT Extension; (back, from left) Paula Threadgill, interim program l
May 14, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE –4-H programs in Mississippi and Tennessee received a donation from North American energy infrastructure company TransCanada to fund training for community leaders.

The $30,000 contribution will be divided between the two states’ programs to finance a social media training program taught by trained 4-H members. 4-H’ers train county government officials, emergency responders and business leaders to use a variety of methods to communicate with constituents and community members.

These SuperBells Cherry Blossom are an excellent selection of Million Bells, which thrive in full-sun locations and produce an unbelievable number of colorful flowers. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
May 14, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Million Bells is one of my favorite flowering plants in the early summer. I think you’ll find this plant to be a good choice for the summer landscape in your Mississippi garden.

Million Bells are known botanically as Calibrachoa, and you may see them called by either name in garden centers. Regardless of what name they go by, you need to have some of these garden performers in your landscape.

The state champion Pearl River County 4-H land judging team took sixth place in homesite evaluation and fifteenth in land judging at the National Land and Range Judging contest near Oklahoma City, Okla. From left: team coach Ned Edwards, Ca’Standra Hart, Chris Shaw, Donnie Lindsey and Laura Knoll. (Submitted Photo)
May 11, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H
Warm spring weather allowed growers to get into the field early, and Mississippi's 2012 cotton crop is off to an early start. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
May 11, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Cotton

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Warm spring weather sent cotton farmers to the fields as early as the first week of April, and cotton stands are ahead of normal and looking good.

IAs of May 6, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics Service estimated the state’s cotton was 68 percent planted and 45 percent emerged. The five-year average for this same date has the crop just 31 percent planted and only 12 percent emerged.

May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Agri-business, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A date has been added to the free Mississippi Market Ready training series to help food producers learn how to sell their products directly to restaurant chefs and retail managers.

On July 19 in Biloxi, Mississippi State University Extension Service experts will discuss current food policy legislation, building relationships with restaurant managers and chefs, proper packaging and labeling, marketing strategies, pricing structures and regulatory concerns.

May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

MISSISSIPPI STATE –Mississippi State University officials will attempt to remove sweltering heat from the discussion topics at the Agronomic Crops Field Day on July 19, allowing participants to focus on the crop information.

MSU is providing air-conditioned shuttle buses for field tours in place of the open wagons typically used for these educational events. The tours will stop at cotton, corn, soybean, and other research and demonstration plots.

Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station soil scientist Billy Kingery (center), State Soil Scientist Delaney Johnson (left), and acting director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Survey Division Charles Love join partners from several natural resources agencies to celebrate the completion of the Mississippi Soil Survey. The 114-year effort mapped over 30 million acres by soil type and appropriate usage. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Bob Ratliff)
May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Soils, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Technology may have changed in the 114 years since the national soil survey started, but the dedication of soil scientists engaged in the project has not wavered.

On May 8, partners from Mississippi State University’s Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other natural resources agencies met in Jackson to celebrate the completion of an ambitious project: to map Mississippi’s soils on the acre level.

May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Technology

If you want to make Emily Post roll over in her grave, consider texting a thank you message or posting your appreciation to someone on their Facebook wall, rather than sending the traditional, handwritten thank-you note. No matter how much society embraces technology, as long as the U.S. Postal service is still operational, you need to handwrite thank-you notes.

Bug Camp attendees get a lesson from John Guyton, Extension Service entomology specialist, about why and how carnivorous pitcher plants consume insects. (Submitted photo)
May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- John Guyton enjoys digging up secrets and passing them along to others.

“I like to use little-known facts about nature to give people a different way to think about their environment and the ways they interact with that environment,” said Guyton, entomology specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service.
His approach is especially helpful when it comes to teaching kids.

May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Campers looking for a little education along with their recreation this summer should check out camps offered by Mississippi State University.

Various camps are available on campus as well as in individual counties.

Bug Camp, a four-day, interactive opportunity to learn about entomology and plants, has been attracting children and adults to MSU’s campus since 1994. It is the only camp of its kind in the world and attracts participants from across the United States.

May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University’s BuckScore software is now the official scoring system for the Outdoor Channel.

BuckScore is a software package that uses digital images to estimate the age and antler score of white-tailed deer. Developed by scientists in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Extension Service, MSU licensed the product in 2010 to NBFog, a Texas-based company focused on outdoor business.

Drs. Andrew Mackin, Erin Brinkman and Todd Archer (from left) study pre- and post-procedural images of a tracheal stent patient at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
May 10, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – With specialized training and equipment and several years of experience behind them, a team of Mississippi State University veterinarians are ready to use interventional radiology to aid patients suffering from some difficult-to-treat conditions.