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November 5, 2007 - Filed Under: Crops

STONEVILLE--Planning for the 2008 growing season will be the focus of the Delta Crop Summit on Nov. 13 at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Entrepreneurial Center. The program will begin at 8 a.m. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided.

November 6, 2007 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University will auction about 60 horses and one pony on Nov. 17 to raise money to support MSU's equine research.

The sale will begin at 1 p.m. after a sponsored noon lunch for sale participants. Buyers can begin viewing stock at 10 a.m., and horses under saddle will be displayed between 10:30 and 11 a.m.

November 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The sights, scents and sounds of the holiday season will dazzle visitors during the Holiday Open House hosted by the Mississippi State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and The University Florist Nov. 30.

Poinsettias of 58 varieties in shades of red, pink and white, as well as a few novelty-type plants, will be on display during the open house located in the greenhouses behind Dorman Hall on Stone Boulevard. The greenhouses will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mississippi State University's Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Vance Watson, left, presents Dr. Lester Spell with the Vice President's Pegasus Award at "All College Day," held recently at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. Spell studied pre-veterinary medicine at MSU before going to Auburn to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1968. He has served as Mississippi's Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce since 1996. (Photo by Tom Thompson/MSU Ag Com
November 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Animal Health
November 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Health

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A little motivation and moderation may be the best strategy for individuals with chronic illnesses to survive the holidays with their health intact.

November 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Family

By Courtney Coufal
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The holiday season can be a great opportunity to bring families closer together as children are out of school and parents take time off from work.

Extra days at home during the holidays can create a natural opportunity for families to spend time together, said Tabitha Staier, family education and policy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

November 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The holidays fall in the middle of the annual flu season, increasing the need to avoid the spread of germs.

Jane Clary, health specialist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, said visits to and from loved ones from other regions can hasten seasonal influenza's progress across the country and the globe. Every year there is the potential for seasonal flu to become pandemic, which is a disease outbreak that spans the world.

November 8, 2007 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management

By Bonnie Coblentz
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Sticker shock, violent themes and product recalls can make holiday toy buying difficult for parents and others with children in their lives.

Buying gifts for children usually means a trip to the online or actual toy store. This year has seen the recall of millions of toys, many because of lead in the paint of some toys made in China and a recent round made in Mexico because they contain parts too small for children.

November 15, 2007 - Filed Under: Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Clergy across the state are being asked to lend their support to efforts to improve marriages in Mississippi, and a series of summits is planned over seven days in late November and early December to better equip them for the task.

November 15, 2007 - Filed Under: Fisheries

By Andrea Cooper
College of Forest Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Research by scientists at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is reaping benefits for Nature's Catch, the largest pond-based producer of hybrid striped bass in the United States.

For more than 11 years, MSU researchers Lou D'Abramo and Terry Hanson have worked with managers of the Clarksdale-based aquaculture enterprise to develop a more efficient culture system for rearing hybrid striped bass.

November 15, 2007 - Filed Under: Biotechnology

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Several students at Mississippi State University are excelling in a field that did not even exist when they were born.

In a program that combines the fields of biology, chemistry, physics and engineering, MSU biological engineering and biochemistry and molecular biology students are constructing DNA “machines” to do jobs at the genetic level. “Synthetic biology” is the term used for the new field of study that emerged in the late 1990s.

November 15, 2007 - Filed Under: Dairy

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University students proved again this year in two competitions that they are among the best in the country at determining the quality of dairy products.

Five MSU students competed in a group of 60 students in October at the National Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Las Vegas. The team placed fifth among the 20 teams, and graduate student Robert Anderson finished second in overall product rankings.

November 20, 2007 - Filed Under: 4-H

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A long-time volunteer leader with the Mississippi 4-H Program is the state’s newest member of the national organization’s Hall of Fame.

Hobson Waits of Brandon was inducted in October during ceremonies held at the National 4-H Council headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md. He was a member of 4-H during his youth in Washington County in the 1940s and 1950s.

“Once you are involved with 4-H, you don’t want to let go,” Waits said. “People may become involved at another level within the organization, but they never leave.”

November 20, 2007 - Filed Under: Seafood Harvesting and Processing

BILOXI -- The team of professionals at Mississippi State University's Coastal Research and Extension Center provides services to all parts of the state's seafood industry.

Extension professor of marine resources Dave Burrage, with assistance from fisheries technologist Peter Nguyen, provides educational programs on regulations, new types of equipment and other industry-related issues for commercial fishermen on the Mississippi Coast.

The Miss Jeannie out of Pass Christian was one of the boats harvesting oysters on the St. Joe Reef near Bayou Caddy in early October. (Photo by Bob Ratliff)
November 20, 2007 - Filed Under: Seafood Harvesting and Processing

BILOXI -- Shrimp boats and their tasty harvest are part of the image most people have of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but other important seafood crops are pulled from the waters of the Gulf.

Before Hurricane Katrina, the oyster industry pumped about $100 million into the Mississippi economy each year. Oysters contribute to the economies of all the Gulf Coast states, and these states traditionally harvest the majority of the U.S. domestic oyster supply.

There is no difference in the appearance of conventional fish feed, left, and insect-based feed. (Photo by Bob Ratliff)
November 29, 2007 - Filed Under: Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Bugs are just pests for most people, but a group of Mississippi State University scientists is working to make insects an important crop.

Two mothers with claim to one filly are together with Mississippi State University representatives Russ Farrar (from left), Dr. Kevin Walters and Greg Fulgham. Top Card, the filly's biological mother is a quarter horse and is on the left. Her surrogate mother, Avonlea, is a Tennessee walking horse and is on the right. (Photo by Tom Thompson)
November 29, 2007 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Her future registered name may be different, but around the horse unit at Mississippi State University, everyone calls her Popsicle.

Born in September, Popsicle is the result of MSU's first successful frozen embryo transfer in horses. University veterinarians have performed embryo transfers in recent years, but the freezing process takes the complicated procedure one step further.

December 6, 2007 - Filed Under: Livestock

By Courtney Coufal
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A group of Macedonians got an up close and personal tour of Mississippi State University and other parts of the state during a two-week-long visit to learn about animal feed processing.

December 6, 2007 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two Mississippi State University professors and an MSU alumnus are included in Outdoor Life 25, a group of leaders, innovators, conservationists and unsung heroes who have made major contributions to hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports.

Richard M. Kaminski, Marty Brunson and James Earl Kennamer are among the 25 selected by readers of Outdoor Life magazine for their leadership, innovation and conservation efforts. This is the first year for the award.

December 6, 2007 - Filed Under: Animal Health

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University researchers are developing a biological map of how three tiny pathogens cause big losses for cattle producers each year.

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