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Feature Story from 2011

The YES! program engages fourth and fifth grade students at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary in science, technology, engineering and math topics through hands-on activities, educational games and experiments. (Photo by Scott Corey)
September 9, 2011 - Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – An innovative partnership between Starkville School District and Mississippi State University teaches key science concepts in a week-long intensive immersion program for fourth and fifth graders.

"Our goal is to give students a fun, safe and educational forum in which to generate enthusiasm and interest in science and the environment,” said Jessica Tegt, MSU Extension Service assistant professor with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

September 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Health

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

PONTOTOC – A partnership between a nonprofit medical treatment group and the Mississippi State University Extension Service has opened up health care options for uninsured children in Pontotoc County.

Catch Kids is a nonprofit organization that makes quality healthcare possible for children without health insurance. There are 15 Catch Kids clinics. They are in Chickasaw County, Lee County and now Pontotoc County.

September 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

CRYSTAL SPRINGS -- The Southeast’s largest home gardening event is about to mark its 33rd anniversary as gardeners from across the region flock to Copiah County for the Oct. 21 and 22 Fall Flower & Garden Fest.

Mississippi State University, through the Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, is sponsoring the annual event at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and admission and parking are free.

Pam Collins (left), assistant research/Extension professor and director of gardens in Mississippi State University's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, leads a group of prairie wildflower enthusiasts on a tour of research plots at MSU's North Farm to promote the restoration and preservation of Mississippi's vanishing prairie ecosystems. (Submitted photo.)
September 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Preserving Mississippi’s vanishing prairies through conservation, restoration and establishment of new prairie gardens will save unique plants and maintain native landscapes.

“Many ecosystem processes regulate conditions for life,” said Bob Brzuszek, associate Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and Contracting. “Protecting wild species, such as those found in prairies, protects managed ecosystems, which in turn impact human interests.”

In his training as the Mississippi State University mascot, Bully XX earns hypoallergenic treats that are part of his overall nutrition and conditioning plan. (Photo by Tom Thompson)
September 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Proper nutrition and conditioning keep Bully XX in top shape as Mississippi State University’s mascot, and pet owners can take a peek at his play book for tips on caring for their animals.

The health regimen for Bully XX, whose name is Champ, includes a proper diet, special conditioning and quality care.

Margie Moore, left, with the Mississippi Child Care Resource & Referral Network's Project Navigator, reviews educational materials with Sherris and Curtis Grace of DeKalb.
September 15, 2011 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Debbie Montgomery
MSU School of Human Sciences

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University program is connecting families to education and community resources that help children thrive.

Project Navigator, administered by MSU’s School of Human Sciences, teaches families positive parenting skills and connects them with resources. During the first year, the program targeted families with children ages birth to five in Choctaw, Clay, Kemper, Noxubee and Winston counties.

September 20, 2011 - Filed Under: Poultry

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University poultry sciences associate professor was recognized by the National Chicken Council for his research contributions.

Alex Corzo received the council’s Broiler Research Award for research work that has positively impacted the broiler industry. An eight-year veteran of the university, Corzo is a scientist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. His research is focused on how poultry absorb nutrients and use dietary ingredients.

Mississippi State University researchers recently discovered several species of microbes in panda excrement that could be replicated and used to process biofuels. (MSU's Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology/Ashli Brown)
September 22, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

By Laci Kyles
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University assistant professor is looking to “panda poop,” or microbes in panda excrement that breakdown woody materials, as a possible means to biofuel production.

September 27, 2011 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The 38th Annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day on Oct. 6 will give updates on current research findings and experiments relevant to this industry.

The half-day event will be held at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville. There will be tours of the trial gardens and research updates from scientists at Mississippi State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Southern Horticultural Laboratory.

Chip Templeton, Mississippi State University Extension broadband coordinator for the Northeast region of the state, delivers a video-teleconference presentation about the broadband initiative. The Extension Service and the Southern Rural Development Center have partnered with the Office of the Governor to help communities improve their access to and use of broadband services. (Photo by Scott Corey)
September 28, 2011 - Filed Under: Technology

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A new broadband initiative seeks to help Mississippians connect to new technology, increasing access to a wide range of community and economic development opportunities.

Capt. SaraRose Knox, a 2010 graduate of MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, teaches military handlers basic first aid for their dogs, such as bandaging, stabilizing fractures and trimming nails. (Submitted photo)
September 29, 2011 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Dr. SaraRose Knox is a 2010 graduate of Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and an Army captain deployed in Afghanistan who keeps working dogs healthy and ensures safe food for troops.

Knox, from Brookfield, Mass., has worked with animals since she was 15.

September 29, 2011 - Filed Under: 4-H

JACKSON – An all-day event at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Lakeland Drive on Oct. 29 will celebrate more than 100 years of youth development programming for the state’s 4-H members.

Phyllis Miller shows how to combine clothing from past seasons and travels to create a unique personal style by pairing her award-winning Kente wrap design over a black sweater dress with accessories from around the world. Charles Freeman models a layered look with a custom-made wool jacket paired with jeans bought on clearance at Target.
September 29, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Creativity and self-awareness are the foundation for personal style, and fashion experts at Mississippi State University say fall clothing trends can be incorporated into anyone’s wardrobe with minimal expense.

October 3, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Technology

PICAYUNE – Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum has partnered with GPTrex, a company founded by parents and educators, to produce an interactive, family-friendly application for visitors with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches.

Using the devices’ built-in technology and intuitive touch screen, the mobile application offers families a whole new experience when visiting the arboretum. The free application provides visitors with high-resolution images of plants and animals, streaming video, GPS mapping and challenge questions.

Michael May of Lazy Acres Plantation in Chunky uses social media to connect with visitors to his agritourism business which includes a pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo and Christmas tree farm. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
October 6, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Farmers and Facebook may not seem like natural allies, but savvy agribusiness owners are using social networks to generate business and educate consumers.

Amanda Clay Powers, Extension reference librarian and assistant professor at Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library, is a nationally recognized expert in social media. Her Twitter guide for the MSU library’s collection, located at, helps people get started in social media.

October 6, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Livestock, Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Old West days are long gone, but cattle producers still need to take steps to prevent the theft of livestock by modern-day cattle rustlers.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said cattle prices have been high during most of 2011, with record-high prices last spring. 

October 6, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Local residents can get rid of their unused household medications at the third annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 29.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department are working together to facilitate the event, which will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Starkville Piggly Wiggly store at 118 Highway 12.

October 6, 2011 - Filed Under: Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Hunters in the Lowndes County area may find deer with colored ear tags wandering in the woods this fall.

The tagged deer are part of a Mississippi State University Forest and Wildlife Research Center study to determine antler size and growth rates for wild, male, white-tailed deer.

The study objective is to determine if antler size in young bucks is an indication of their future size as mature deer.

Mississippi State University freshman Chris Wilbourn was never in the "doghouse" with Grenada County 4-H youth agent Jan Walton, but he spends lots of time there now as one of MSU's Bully mascots. Wilbourn credits 4-H in general and Walton in particular for drawing him to the state's land-grant university. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
October 10, 2011 - Filed Under: 4-H, Community

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – One of Mississippi State University’s current mascots came close to not being a Bulldog at all.

Chris Wilbourn said he originally planned on attending the University of Mississippi and majoring in foreign languages, but his 4-H youth agent, Jan Walton, encouraged him to “just visit” the MSU campus. With a little help from his aunt, he was hooked.

October 12, 2011 - Filed Under: Peanuts, Forages

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Row crop producers interested in baling peanuts and ratoon corn to use as hay are being urged by Mississippi State University experts to be aware of chemical residues.

Rocky Lemus, forage specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said peanut hay is not labeled for animal consumption because of residual herbicides and pesticides that are not approved for forage production.


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