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Feature Story from 2011

January 27, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Food assistance programs are designed to keep children fed who otherwise would be hungry, but a recent Southern Rural Development Center study found they often contribute to obesity in cities with a high cost of living.

The study was conducted by Elizabeth Rigby of The George Washington University and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro of Rice University. It was commissioned by the SRDC, housed at Mississippi State University, and it is part of the Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series.

K. Raja Reddy
February 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Cotton

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A Mississippi State University plant physiologist was honored for significantly contributing to the understanding of cotton physiology, growth and development.

K. Raja Reddy, professor in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, received the 2010 Outstanding Research Award in Cotton Physiology at the 2011 Beltwide Cotton Physiology Conference in Atlanta in January. The award is sponsored by the Arysta Life Science Corporation.

Large crowds took part in the 2010 Everything Garden Expo. Many participants stopped by the information booth staffed by Mississippi State University's Extension Service. (Photo by Scott Corey)
February 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Winter may still be here, but spring will be ushered in early this year at a garden event at Mississippi State University.

The Starkville Area Arts Council will team up with MSU to present the third annual “Everything Garden Expo” March 5-6 at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville.

February 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Nutrition

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Every January, gyms across America are filled with ambitious people striving to keep New Year’s resolutions, but far too often, the resolutions are set aside and forgotten within a couple of months or even weeks.

Brent Fountain, nutrition specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the key to sticking with New Year’s resolutions is to set realistic goals.

Freedom Giant Miscanthus was developed at Mississippi State University and is licensed exclusively to Repreve Renewables, a joint venture between sod entrepreneur Phillip Jennings (pictured) and publicly traded textile company UNIFI Manufacturing, Inc. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
February 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- On a January morning in Soperton, Ga., southeastern farmers mingled with investors and biomass experts to discuss Freedom Giant Miscathus--a towering grass that may be America’s most promising clean energy solution.

Freedom was developed at Mississippi State University and is licensed exclusively to Repreve Renewables, a joint venture between sod entrepreneur Phillip Jennings and publicly traded textile company UNIFI Manufacturing, Inc.

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that more than 108,000 wildlife strikes to airplanes occurred in the last 19 years, with an average of 20 wildlife strikes reported daily from 2004-2008. (Photo by Caters News Agency)
February 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Wildlife, Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

It has been two years since U.S. Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River when a flock of Canada geese struck the engines just minutes after the plane took off.

Bird and airplane collisions cannot be completely avoided because the two share the same flying space. But scientists at Mississippi State University are looking to the ground, specifically to the mowed landscape surrounding runways and terminals, for ways to reduce wildlife hazards and possibly provide biofuel sources.

February 8, 2011 - Filed Under: Green Industry, Greenhouse Tomatoes

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Greenhouse tomato growers and those interested in learning how to grow this crop are invited to the 21st annual 2011 Greenhouse Tomato Short Course offered March 8-9 in Raymond.

Speakers at the two-day event will present seminars on a variety of topics relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. The event will be held at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond.

February 9, 2011 - Filed Under: Green Industry

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Operators of small- to medium-sized farms wanting to learn more about a technique to extend the growing season are invited to attend the High Tunnel Field Day offered by Mississippi State University.

The field day begins at 9 a.m. March 10 and concludes at 4:30 p.m. at MSU’s Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Registration for the trade show and field day is $15 before March 1 and $25 after that date. Lunch will be provided.

February 11, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Invasive Plants

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi farmers are a few years into the fight against glyphosate-resistant weeds, a problem that is the focus of a March 10 field day in Stoneville.

Producers will take a close look at ways to manage herbicide resistance in the Glyphosate-Resistant Ryegrass Field Day at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Capps Center, and the field day concludes with lunch. The program will move indoors if there is bad weather.

February 11, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Five new facilities that can transform wood into fuel will soon be built in Mississippi.

The facilities will further increase timber’s already-important role in the state’s economy. Mississippi’s forests cover nearly 20 million acres and generate more than $1 billion worth of timber each year. The forestry and forest products sectors, which include logging, furniture construction, solid wood products, and pulp and paper, contribute more than $19 billion to the state’s economy annually.

February 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Pests

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Agriculture specialists will address management of pests in vegetables, fruit and landscapes during a day-long workshop on Feb. 22 in Raymond.

The annual pest management workshop will take place at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center auditorium. Registration is $10 and begins at 8 a.m. Sessions will conclude by 4:30 p.m.

February 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Health, Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Volunteers in four Delta counties are tackling the area’s obesity problem in unique ways.

The Delta has the highest obesity rate in the state, and volunteers in Carroll, Holmes, Leflore and Sunflower Counties are participating in the Get Healthy, Trim Down Delta project to help solve the problem.

The program is directed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and funded by the Delta Health Alliance, through financial support from the Office of Rural Health Policy, a branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

John Lundy (back left) and Eric Clark (back right) along with First South Farm Credit, Wilson's Meat House, Cecil Harper, Kipp Brown and Jim Newsome purchased a Champion Durac Hog from Tanner Ainsworth (front left) and Cory Ainsworth (front right) at the 2011 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions. The buyers donated the meat to the Leroy Shook family. (Photo by Scott Corey)
February 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Buyers braved the elements to support young livestock exhibitors and several charity organizations at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions on Feb. 10.

Snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures often occur the day of this annual event. Fortunately, those conditions are less common than the generous donors, who come every February to the event on the Thursday after the junior livestock shows conclude.

February 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Family

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- It seems “something old” is really something new in bridal wear trends.

“This year’s wedding season is all about vintage and upcycled dresses,” said Phyllis Bell Miller, associate professor of human sciences at Mississippi State University.

Wearing vintage or remaking a preowned dress can be an affordable and earth-friendly option, but it comes with particular challenges.

February 18, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Plant Diseases

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – When Auburn University officials needed help investigating an attack on part of their school’s history, they turned to Mississippi State University.

According to an Auburn University statement, school officials learned that a Jan. 27 caller to The Paul Finebaum Show, a nationally syndicated radio show based in Birmingham, claimed he had applied an herbicide to the soil around 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner on campus.

February 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be featured in an episode of a new Animal Planet series set to air Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. CST.

By the time the film crew visited CVM last June, they had been on the road a month, traveling the country in search of unique felines and the people who adore them. The four-person crew came to CVM to learn more about domestic cats and how they differ from their wild counterparts for an episode of a new show titled Must Love Cats.

February 24, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Family

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Today’s brides are increasingly choosing wedding hats or fancy headpieces, called fascinators, as an alternative to a traditional veil.

Jackson resident Susan Fiselman Hermes chose to wear a handmade fascinator adorned with pearls and ivory feathers when she got married in the Caribbean last spring.

“We were planning a sunset beach wedding, so we wanted something fun and laid-back,” she said. “A traditional veil just didn’t feel right.”

February 24, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two Mississippi State University patents on kenaf have been licensed to Texas-based Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. for use in engineered pressed board.

Paula Threadgill
February 24, 2011 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – When Paula Threadgill became leader of Family and Consumer Sciences for the Mississippi State University Extension Service, she decided to tackle the state’s obesity problem.

Threadgill was named state leader of the Extension Service arm of Family and Consumer Sciences, or FCS, on Jan. 1. She had been filling the role on an interim basis since April 2010. She is also an Extension professor.

February 24, 2011 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A March 8-9 summit will provide those in the furniture manufacturing business with the tools needed to succeed.

Furniture and bedding sales rose nearly three percent from 2009 to 2010, and manufacturing has expanded for the past 18 consecutive months. It is becoming increasingly important for industry members to learn how to keep up with the rapid growth and demand.

The summit begins with a reception at 6 p.m. March 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. on March 9 Mississippi State University’s Franklin Center.

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