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May 25, 2017 - Filed Under: Soils, Soil Testing

New manager of operations Keri Jones recently joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service Soil Testing Laboratory, and she's ready to enhance the unit's efficiency."

"My primary goal is to provide accurate soil analysis in a timely manner," said Jones, an Extension associate who has worked in the MSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences since 2016. "I hope to improve the overall efficiency of the lab as well as update soil nutrient application recommendations."

Loan officers and other agricultural business professionals from across the state came together for the fourth annual Agricultural Financial Professionals Workshop. Mississippi State University Extension Service hosted the workshop Nov. 10-11 at the MSU Bost Extension Center. Among the attendees were Chelsi Smith, left, Mississippi Land Bank capital markets representative, Senatobia office; Bryon Parmon, assistant Extension professor and workshop organizer; Jay Slater, Mississippi Land Bank loan officer, St
November 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Agriculture

Loan officers and other agricultural business professionals from across the state came together for the fourth annual Agricultural Financial Professionals Workshop. Mississippi State University Extension Service hosted the workshop Nov. 10-11 at the MSU Bost Extension Center. Among the attendees were Chelsi Smith, left, Mississippi Land Bank capital markets representative, Senatobia office; Bryon Parmon, assistant Extension professor and workshop organizer; Jay Slater, Mississippi Land Bank loan officer, Starkville office; and Josh Fair, First South Farm Credit.

Tucker Wagner, far left, a graduate student in the Mississippi State University Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, and Brett Crow, far right, an instructor in the department and coach of the MSU Livestock Judging Team, are pictured with the Lincoln County 4-H team at the statewide 4-H/FFA livestock judging contest. The event was held at the MSU Horse Park in Starkville, Mississippi, on May 21, 2016. Team members from left are Rylie Melancon, Walker Williams, Jacob Johnson and Will Watts. (Submitted Ph
July 22, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program

By Vanessa Beeson
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Teams that want to win big in 4-H and FFA livestock judging competitions should attend the Mississippi State University Livestock Judging Camp.

The three-day camp in the MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is open to teams and individuals who are 14 to 18 years of age. Past attendees have included top winners in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee livestock judging competitions.

July 8, 2016 - Filed Under: Forestry, Timber Harvest

ABERDEEN, Miss. -- Mississippi’s tree farmer of the year is now a regional finalist for the national version of the same award.

Bobby Watkins manages Coontail Farm, a 240-acre loblolly pine plot in Aberdeen used for timber production. The area also has a wildlife-friendly habitat for hunting and fishing.

Carley Wigley, a senior at Mississippi State University from Petal, Mississippi, introduces Luke Iglay and Sam Eifling to a calf during “Afternoon on the Farm,” on April 29, 2016. The outreach program is part of the MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Science capstone course and teaches visiting students the fundamentals of livestock agriculture. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
April 29, 2016 - Filed Under: Livestock, Community
From left, kindergarteners Garrison Baker, Knox Smith and Piper Graves learn about painted lady butterflies with Lois Connington, keeper of the Insect Zoo at Mississippi State University’s Clay Lyle Entomology Building on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Starkville, Miss. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
April 14, 2016 - Filed Under: Insects

From left, kindergarteners Garrison Baker, Knox Smith and Piper Graves learn about painted lady butterflies with Lois Connington, keeper of the Insect Zoo at Mississippi State University’s Clay Lyle Entomology Building on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Starkville, Miss. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)

March 14, 2016 - Filed Under: Natural Resources

LEXINGTON, Miss. -- A May 4 workshop in Lexington, Mississippi, will help landowners, farmers and timber producers branch out and earn extra income from natural resources on their property.

Korie Stallings, 8, gets her hair pinned by Mississippi State University senior Claudia Robinson of Jackson, Mississippi. Robinson and other School of Human Sciences students made dresses for girls in the Starkville Boys and Girls Club as part of an apparel design class service-learning project. Participants modeled new dresses in a fashion show on Dec. 5, 2015. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
December 8, 2015 - Filed Under: Community

Korie Stallings, 8, gets her hair pinned by Mississippi State University senior Claudia Robinson of Jackson, Mississippi. Robinson and other School of Human Sciences students made dresses for girls in the Starkville Boys and Girls Club as part of an apparel design class service-learning project. Participants modeled new dresses in a fashion show on Dec. 5, 2015. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)

November 20, 2015 - Filed Under: About Extension, FARMtastic, Children and Parenting

Mark Peterman, on right, an aquaculture associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, shows a catfish to Weir Elementary students Taylor Hunt and Derrick Floyd at FARMtastic in Starkville on Nov. 20, 2015. FARMtastic is an experience-based Extension program that teaches kids where food, fiber and fuel come from. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)

Each fall, scientists from all over the world come to Mississippi State University to learn the latest insect-rearing techniques. Ellis Driver from Bayer Crop Science in Morrisville, North Carolina and Brook Merrill of Koppert Biocontrol in Howell, Michigan examine a black soldier fly larva in an MSU lab on Sept. 30, 2015 at the 18th annual International Insect Rearing Workshop. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
October 1, 2015 - Filed Under: Insects
U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly, left, who serves on the House Committee on Agriculture, met with Greg Bohach, vice president of the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, and other division experts on Aug. 28, 2015, to discuss critical agricultural and economic issues. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
September 1, 2015 - Filed Under: Agriculture
Junior Nick James of Long Beach gives his best effort during a hay bale distance-throwing contest at the fifth annual Beefing Up the Bulldogs event at Mississippi State University on Aug. 16, 2015. Event sponsors included the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, the Mississippi Beef Council, First South Farm Credit and the MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
August 19, 2015 - Filed Under: Community
Freshman Alec Murphy of Nixa, Missouri, and other members of the Mississippi State University football team play with a goat during the fifth annual Beefing Up the Bulldogs event at MSU on Aug. 16, 2015. Event sponsors included the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, the Mississippi Beef Council, First South Farm Credit and the MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
August 19, 2015 - Filed Under: Community
Aimee Buckley, a member of Morgan Moss’s third-grade class at Houston Upper Elementary School, holds a chick at the FARMtastic event at Mississippi State University on Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
November 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry, Children and Parenting
Third-graders from Houston Upper Elementary School, including, from left, Jamyrie Davenport, Sedrick Walker and R.J. Utz, pet a baby chicken held by a volunteer at the Mississippi State University Extension Service FARMtastic event at the Mississippi Horse Park near Starkville on Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
November 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry, Children and Parenting
Lisa Stewart, an agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Webster County, explains the importance of rice to Clayton Griffin and Jalen Washington, third-graders from Houston Upper Elementary School, at the FARMtastic event at the Mississippi Horse Park near Starkville on Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
November 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Rice, Children and Parenting

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