Feature Story from 2006
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi regularly leads the nation in charitable giving, and where there is money, there are people who want to get some of it by illegal or unethical means.
Bobbie Shaffett, family resource management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, applauded Mississippians for their generosity, but encouraged them to give wisely.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Quilts and costumes may seem unrelated, but to apparel students at Mississippi State University, a historic quilt can be an eye-opening artifact.
At a 2005 symposium on Southern quilts, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences associate professor Wanda Cheek gave her historic costume students a chance to get their hands on some important and valuable pieces of Mississippi's history.
JACKSON -- Buyers rewarding young people for their efforts raising livestock paid $223,786 and set two sales records for the 35 champion animals sold Thursday at the 2006 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions.
The grand champion lamb sold for $54 a pound, bringing $8,694 from buyers AmSouth Bank and Brookshire's Grocery Co. Later in the auction, a second lamb, the reserve champion Dorset lamb, brought the same price per pound for a sheep that weighed slightly less.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippians will represent the nation’s rural population when they provide health-care opinions in upcoming listening sessions throughout the state.
Established by an act of Congress in 2003, the Citizens’ Health Care Working Group is initiating a public debate to improve medical services nationwide. The goal is to provide every American with quality, affordable health care.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi and Arkansas landowners interested in earning additional revenue from their land can take part in a March 2 workshop focusing on natural resource enterprises.
A variety of enterprises can be developed from natural resources including fee hunting and fishing, agritourism, wildlife watching, trail riding and heritage tourism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.