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Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student Susannah Brent, left, shows vet camp participant Santana Shelton how to use an ophthalmoscope to examine a horse's eye. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 16, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – After a unique summer camp experience at age 13, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student Tori Hall knew she wanted to become a veterinarian.

Deputy State Veterinarian and Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Brigid Elchos, left, accepts her alumnus of the year award from Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Elchos received the honor because of her outstanding achievements and leadership. (Photo by MSU University Relations/Megan Bean)
June 16, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health

By Karen Templeton
MSU Office of Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – As a student, Dr. Brigid Elchos chose a college major that would give her a lot of options. Little did she know that the path she was on would put her in a key position to respond to Mississippi’s animal health disease emergencies.

Elchos was recently honored as Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s alumnus of the year for her outstanding achievements and leadership. She credits her success to a quality education and her diverse work experiences.

A rainwater harvesting system donated to the Crosby arboretum by Avon Engineered Fabrications collects run-off in a flexible storage tank. (Submitted photo.)
June 16, 2011 - Filed Under: Irrigation

PICAYUNE – A local manufacturer of fuel and water storage tanks is testing a rainwater irrigation system at Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum.

Senior Curator Patricia Drackett said the irrigation system offers environmental and financial benefits to this unique facility located in Picayune.

“We are interested in offering water conservation solutions to the local community,” she said. “The system has a solar controller and holds about 3,000 gallons of run-off from the roof of a portable building near the greenhouse.”

Doil Moore, left, gets a closer look at young tomatoes on Prospect Produce Farm in the Sonora Community, south of Houston. Moore and his business partner, James Earnest, have been selling locally grown fruits and vegetables since 2009.
June 16, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Farming

HOUSTON – Two Chickasaw County farmers are discovering it takes a village to raise a crop.

Doil Moore and James Earnest have been business partners for more than two decades, but their latest adventure requires an extensive network of advisors to guide them through each challenge. In 2009, they started a small produce business on 3 acres in Houston. Thanks to advice from Mississippi State University specialists and other producers, they have expanded their acreage, crops and markets in 2011.

June 23, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture

PONTOTOC – Mississippi State University experts will provide information and demonstrations about agronomic research activities on July 14.

MSU’s Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station will host its biennial Research and Demonstration Tour. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the tour will get started at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and continuing education credits will be available.

Mississippi State University professor emeritus John Fuquay (right) presents a copy of the first edition the Encyclopedia of Dairy Science and a CD-ROM of the second edition to Terry Kiser, head of MSU's animal and dairy sciences department. Fuquay was recently honored for his work as editor-in-chief of the second edition of the encyclopedia. (Photo by Scott Corey)
June 23, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Dairy

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A comprehensive reference publication on the various aspects of dairy science was recently published under the leadership of a long-time Mississippi State University professor.

John Fuquay, now professor emeritus in MSU’s Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, is editor-in-chief of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Dairy Science. Fuquay served as the dairy production editor on the first edition and in 2008 was asked to be the primary editor of the second edition.

Chloe Gray, 4, a student at Train up a Child Christian Learning Center in Clinton, takes a leap during physical development activities as part of the Nurturing Homes Initiative. (Photo by MSU School of Human Sciences/Alicia Barnes)
June 23, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Alicia Barnes
MSU School of Human Sciences

MISSISSIPPI STATE - Aiming to serve the 54 percent of Mississippi children attending unlicensed home childcare programs, the Nurturing Home Initiative provides materials and education to improve the quality of these popular programs.

As part of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Nurturing Homes Initiative, or NHI, partners with home childcare programs where caregivers open their homes to create safe learning environments.

As part of the Snack Pack program, Head Start students were given a small backpack that contained a book, information sheet, and a healthy take-home snack. (Photo by MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion/Stacey Johnson Knepple)
June 23, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Nutrition

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A new program is targeting the youngest members of families to help parents make healthy and affordable food choices.

Mississippi State University is teaching families in low-income communities about healthy, low-cost foods so they can eat nutritious foods on a budget. The efforts are funded by the ConAgra Foods Foundation, which works through national partnerships to help end childhood hunger.

A worker cuts young sweet potato plants, known as slips, in preparation for transplanting at a farm near Vardaman in Calhoun County.
June 23, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Sweet Potatoes

MISSISSIPPI STATE – It takes two planting seasons to harvest one sweet potato crop, and hot, dry weather made this year’s second planting challenging for Mississippi growers.

In March, sweet potato growers bed their crop, which means they plant high-quality seed stock in the ground to produce transplants, known as slips. These slips are planted in May and June to produce the harvest in September and October of the state’s highly acclaimed sweet potatoes.

A juvenile bald eagle found in late April near the Burnsville community would have died if not for the efforts of a concerned citizen and three organizations. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Maggie Horner)
June 28, 2011 - Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – One of America’s fondest symbols, the bald eagle, could be flying high again after a concerned citizen and three organizations worked together to save its life.

A passerby noticed an injured bald eagle in the Burnsville community near County Road 306 and immediately sought help.

June 29, 2011 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – J. Mike Phillips has been selected as the new head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University.

Phillips has been the chair of the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Morehead State University in Kentucky since 2007. Before his appointment at Morehead, Phillips served as professor of agronomy and director for the Southwest Research and Extension Center at the University of Arkansas.

June 30, 2011 - Filed Under: Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – All species of mammals are susceptible to rabies, but pet owners can create a line of defense with a few simple precautions.

Bill Epperson, head of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, said the rabies virus is generally transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. One way to prevent or reduce the risk of rabies is to vaccinate pets.

Edward Entsminger, wildlife and fisheries science graduate student, checks trail cameras to monitor wildlife presence and spreads native wildflower seeds. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
June 30, 2011 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife

By Edward D. Entsminger
MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two Mississippi agencies are working together to determine if growing native plants along highway rights of way will reduce maintenance costs while maintaining visibility and safety.

July 7, 2011 - Filed Under: Family

By Bonnie Coblentz
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Summer of Innovation Camps being held across Mississippi look like a lot of fun with rockets, but children who participate are also brushing up on their science and engineering skills.

The camps are a White House effort spearheaded and funded through NASA. In Mississippi, 26 camps are being offered this summer through 4-H, the youth development arm of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

July 7, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Youth Financial Literacy

By Keri Lewis
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Summer jobs, lemonade stands and family vacations make summer the perfect time to talk about money matters, and free resources can help parents and children make sense of a complex issue.

Children are more likely to learn the money lessons they will need as adults when parents use real-life situations, said Sheri Worthy, professor in Mississippi State University’s School of Human Sciences.

Pat Drackett
July 7, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, About Extension

PICAYUNE – Pat Drackett is the new director of Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum in Picayune.

The Crosby Arboretum was established in 1980 as a living memorial to timber pioneer and philanthropist L.O. Crosby Jr. It is part of MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center and showcases the native plant species of the Pearl River Drainage Basin of south-central Mississippi and Louisiana.

July 7, 2011 - Filed Under: City and County Government

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Elected and appointed municipal government officials in Mississippi have another resource to turn to for leadership and problem-solving in the daily operation of local government.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Center for Governmental Training and Technology recently published its Third Edition of Municipal Government in Mississippi. The center distributed more than 1,200 copies of the book at the recent Mississippi Municipal League Annual Conference in Biloxi.

Agricultural administrators from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Arkansas met in Vicksburg to plan cooperative programs in support of agricultural enterprises. In attendance were, front row (left to right) Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter, Cooperative Extension Service; Wes Burger, MSU Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; Nathan McKinney, University of Arkansas; Dwight Landreneau, LSU AgCenter, Cooperative Extension Service; John Russin; LSU AgCenter, Louisia
July 8, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, About Extension

VICKSBURG – Three mid-south universities met recently to develop a plan to combine resources to strengthen support for agricultural enterprises.

Experiment station and Extension Service directors from the University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and Mississippi State University met June 11-13 in Vicksburg to discuss cooperating on research and educational programs to benefit agriculture.

Students go in the mouth of a model of the human body and explore for 30 minutes as volunteers teach them fun, healthy lessons about their bodies. The Body Walk exhibit, sponsored by MSU's Extension Service and Family Nutrition Program, will be returning to elementary campuses across the state from the last week of August until May. (MSU Ag Communications File Photo)
July 14, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Starting in August, students will again go in the mouth of a model of the human body and explore for 30 minutes as volunteers teach them fun, healthy lessons about their bodies.

Gary Lawrence and undergraduate students Ben Berch and Patrick Garrard (from left) collect hyperspectral reflectance data from cotton plants infected with reniform nematodes for a grant-funded project at Mississippi State University.
July 14, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton, Insects-Crop Pests, Remote Sensing Technology, Plant Diseases

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Researchers at Mississippi State University have developed technology that uses reflected light to analyze the presence of certain nematodes in cotton fields so producers can increase profits.

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