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Feature Story from 2011

November 14, 2011 - Filed Under: Agri-business, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A free Mississippi Market Ready training will be held in three locations to help food producers learn how to sell their products directly to restaurant chefs and retail managers.

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.

November 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student’s love of showing dogs helped her win a prestigious scholarship for the third year in a row.

Choosing and cutting live Christmas trees, like the ones at Lazy Acres Plantation in Chunky, can provide families with holiday memories. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
November 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Christmas Trees, Environment

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Each year, many Mississippians must decide whether to buy a live or an artificial tree to celebrate the Christmas season.

John Kushla, Mississippi State University Extension forestry specialist at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, said artificial trees are usually less expensive than real trees and can last for many seasons, but real Christmas trees provide benefits that artificial trees do not offer.

Barakat Mahmoud, a food scientist at Mississippi State University's Experimental Seafood Processing Laboratory, volunteered in Malawi to help a community-based company improve their production of juice and jams.
November 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Food, Food Safety

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University food scientist shared his expertise to help improve products made by a small, community-based business in Southeastern Africa.

Mississippi State University Extension Service nutrition personnel Pamela Redwine (left) and Brent Fountain, show Lisa Dudley how to test the gauge on a pressure canner. An office associate in Yalobusha County, Dudley and other county support staff members were taught the process so they can meet the needs of clients who come into county offices. (Photo by Scott Corey)
November 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Food Safety

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- All county Extension offices in Mississippi are now equipped to test pressure canner gauges to ensure food safety for home canners.

Paula Threadgill is state program leader for Family and Consumer Sciences with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. She said the economy and the desire to control food quality are reasons more people are canning their own foods.

November 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Mississippi State University Horticulture Club received numerous awards at the recent American Society for Horticultural Sciences’ annual meeting.

The club recognized as the society’s 2011 Outstanding Small Club. Presented each year by the society through its Association of Collegiate Branches program, the award salutes excellent undergraduate horticulture clubs with less than 30 members.

Coyt "Bud" West was inducted into the Mississippi Poultry Association's Hall of Fame for his many years of dedication to the poultry industry. West was joined by his wife, Gwen (left), and Mississippi Poultry Association President Mark Leggett (far right) at the Nov. 17 event. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
November 21, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Poultry

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Fifty-one years after graduating from Mississippi State University, Coyt “Bud” West returned to his alma mater to be honored by the industry he served.

On Nov. 17, West’s colleagues, friends, family, and MSU faculty and administration gathered at the university’s poultry science building to honor West as he was inducted into the Mississippi Poultry Association’s Hall of Fame for his many years of service to the poultry industry.

November 21, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Dairy

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Cheerleading and dairying may appear to have little in common, but Mississippi State University student Rachel Montgomery of Arkabutla, Miss., enjoys both.

Montgomery said she has been cheerleading for 13 years, but her interest in the dairy industry is more recent.

Visitors to the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune who have iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches can now experience the pond and south Savanna journey by downloading the free GPTrex App. (Photo by Scott Corey)
November 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Technology, Landscape Architecture

PICAYUNE – Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum has a new, high-tech way for visitors to experience the nature preserve.

Bob Brzuszek, associate professor of landscape architecture at MSU, created an interactive application through GPTrex, a company focused on providing fun, family adventures while boosting interest in a local community’s cultural, historical and educational venues.

Constance Crockett of Hattiesburg puts the finishing touches on a dress she made in the Apparel Design I class at Mississippi State University's School of Human Sciences for the nonprofit charity Little Dresses for Africa.
November 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – On the first day of the Apparel Design I class at Mississippi State University, most of the students had never threaded a sewing machine, much less made clothes. By the end of the semester, they had each created a dress destined for an orphan somewhere in the world.

Charles Freeman, instructor in MSU’s Department of Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, said he searched for a project that would incorporate service learning into the clothing design course.

November 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two student-sponsored sales at Mississippi State University will offer shoppers many choices of holiday decorations and plants.

Poinsettia varieties and novelty plants will be available for purchase at the Dec. 2 Mississippi State University Horticulture Club’s annual holiday plant sale.

The MSU student horticulture club will sell poinsettias and Christmas cacti from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the campus greenhouses behind Dorman Hall on Stone Boulevard. Customers are encouraged to get to the sale early as supplies are limited.

November 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Dairy

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Southern dairy producers will meet at a January conference in Atlanta to address major issues facing the industry.

Stephanie Hill Ward, assistant professor if animal and dairy science at Mississippi State University, is chairing the Southern Dairy Conference planning committee. She said the objective of the Jan. 24-25 conference is to offer informative and thought-provoking presentations on all facets of the dairy industry.

The Missouri Black Bear Project, which will be completed in 2012, is expected to provide valuable information on estimating populations in Mississippi. (Photo submitted by Missouri Department of Conservation)
November 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Scientists at Mississippi State University are working with biologists in Missouri’s Ozarks to get the “bear” facts on one of the largest mammals in the Southeast.

The Missouri Black Bear Project, which will be completed next year, is expected to provide valuable information on estimating populations in Mississippi. A study by scientists in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center in the late 1990s indicated more than 70 percent of Mississippi residents favored increasing the black bear population.

November 28, 2011 - Filed Under: Pets

FLOWOOD – The holidays are full of tasty treats, glittery decorations and shiny new toys, but for pets these things could mean big trouble.

And for pet owners, that may mean emergency trips to the veterinarian.

“During the holidays, we see a lot of emergencies,” said Dr. J. Darrell Phillips, hospital administrator of Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Flowood, an affiliate of Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mississippi State University researchers tested an organic method of treating poinsettia cuttings to fight a devastating fungus that causes stem and root rot. Mississippi producers grow an estimated 200,000 poinsettias per year, valued at $1 million. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
December 1, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Flower Gardens, Plant Diseases

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Researchers at Mississippi State University have found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly strategy for fighting one of the most serious soil-borne diseases in poinsettia production.

Pythium stem and root rot is a common problem in poinsettia production because the fungus thrives in cool, saturated and poorly drained soils, said Maria Tomaso-Peterson, associate research professor in MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Ruby Lynn Carter, a certified physical rehabilitationist, works at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine where she helps injured animals, such as Leia, restore muscle strength and mobility and maintain their cardiovascular health. (Photo by Tom Thompson)
December 1, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A whirlpool bath, oatmeal hair rinse, blow-dry and massage may sound like a day at the spa, but it is a physical rehabilitation session for Curly, a patient at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Animal Health Center operated by CVM is one of a handful of veterinary programs across the United States with the qualified staff and financial support to operate a rehabilitation clinic.

Kudzu covers large tracts of land from eastern Texas to the East Coast and as far north as Maryland. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
December 1, 2011 - Filed Under: Environment, Timber Harvest, Invasive Plants

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Kudzu can grow a foot per day, and today it covers nearly seven million acres in the South.

Now listed as a federal noxious weed, kudzu was imported to prevent soil erosion and to feed livestock. The semi-woody plant covers large tracts of land from eastern Texas to the East Coast and as far north as Maryland. Kudzu climbs, covers and eventually kills trees, destroying the timber-producing value of these lands. It reduces land productivity by millions of dollars yearly.

Veterinarians in the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine's theriogenology (reproduction) group stand with one of the MSU weanlings, the grandson of Dash for Cash, a champion American Quarter Horse. Pictured before the recent MSU horse sale are Drs. Heath King, David Christiansen, Richard Hopper, Kevin Walters and Peter Ryan. The AQHA recently recognized MSU for its efforts to maintain the quality of the breed. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
December 1, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University was one of 26 horse breeders from across the United States and Canada recently honored by the American Quarter Horse Association for 50 years of breeding to produce the best quarter horse traits.

December 2, 2011 - Filed Under: Soybeans, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s Extension Service has selected Trent Irby as the new soybean specialist to assist the state’s soybean growers.

Irby, a Mississippi native, has research and practical experience that make him uniquely suited to help support the state’s nearly $1 billion per year soybean industry, said Gary Jackson, director of MSU’s Extension Service.

Loren “Wes” Burger Jr.
December 8, 2011 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Loren “Wes” Burger Jr. has been named associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University effective Dec. 15.

As associate director, Burger will manage all sponsored programs in MAFES and FWRC and work on other related projects.

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