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January 4, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Insects-Crop Pests, Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

RAYMOND – Mississippi State University Extension Service agriculture experts will address integrated pest management topics at a Feb. 2 workshop in Raymond.

The annual IPM general pest management workshop will take place at MSU’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center auditorium. Registration is $10 and begins at 8:30 a.m. The program will conclude by 4:30 p.m. The cost includes coffee and refreshments. Lunch is not included.

January 5, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Equine, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

JACKSON -- Mississippi’s Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, or PATH, will host a statewide meeting on Feb. 7 in Jackson for anyone interested in therapeutic riding programs.

Mary Riley, therapeutic riding coordinator and instructor with Mississippi State University Extension Service’s 4-H program, said the meeting is open to members and individuals considering developing an equine therapy program in their area.

Newly elected Mississippi supervisors attended a training session held by Mississippi State University Extension Service's Center for Governmental Training and Technology in December. Leaders at the meeting included from left: Joe Street, associate director of MSU's Extension Service; Charles Selmon, president of the Mississippi Supervisors' Association; Gary Jackson, director of MSU's Extension Service; and Sumner Davis, interim leader for the Center for Governmental Training and Technology. (Photo by Kat
January 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, City and County Government

JACKSON – Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Center for Governmental Training and Technology recently gave newly elected county supervisors some of the tools they needed to begin work in the new year.

New supervisors from across the state participated in a training session designed to teach them about basic laws and ethical issues that supervisors face on a daily basis.

January 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Technology

JACKSON – The third phase of a project intended to increase digital literacy and Internet usage among Mississippians is now underway.

Sherry Bell Surrette
January 10, 2012 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Sherry Bell Surrette has been named the new head of Mississippi State University’s Central Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

January 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Several wildlife groups will assist in seven events across the state for future hunters on Feb. 11 in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer free squirrel hunts for young people. The deadline for registering is Jan. 20.

The hunts will take place at these public wildlife areas:

Floral designs, such as this display by Lynnette McDougald of The University Florist, can combine potted plants, collected materials and cut flowers to create wedding décor that is reusable and environmentally friendly. (Photo by Scott Corey)
January 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management, Flower Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Brides can save money and bring outdoor elements inside to create an event that reflects an appreciation for nature and highlights native plants and flowers.

Natural materials , such as autumn leaves and leafy branches, are an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to decorate for a wedding.
January 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Environment, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Couples do not have to sacrifice beauty to plan a wedding that respects the environment and reflects their green values.

Brian Templeton, an Extension associate with Mississippi State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, incorporated his love of nature into his 2008 wedding and reception.

January 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Food, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A wedding reception revolves around food, whether it is a formal, sit-down dinner for 150 guests or a come-and-go affair for 75 guests.

With the prevalence of food allergies and other medical conditions, couples might want to consider serving a few foods that guests with special diets can enjoy safely.

January 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics

MISSISSIPPI STATE – While wedding receptions are intended to be a time of celebration for just-married couples, the event might not be so enjoyable for younger guests.

Jennifer Russell, Leflore County child and family area agent with Mississippi State University Extension Service, suggested offering kid-friendly activities and accommodations at the reception. When planning the reception, consider how many children will be in attendance and the ages of the children.

January 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A good wedding gift is appropriately generous, completely thoughtful and exactly right for the recipient, but finding that perfect gift can seem almost impossible.

No one wants to be the one who gave the gift that raised eyebrows or left the new couple wondering if they have been insulted. Purchasing items on the couple’s gift registry can help them set up housekeeping and results in fewer returns and duplicate items. However, some who wish them well want to make their gifts truly special.

January 13, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Catfish, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Livestock

VERONA – Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 16 at the Magnolia Conference Center in Verona.

This annual event is an opportunity for growers, producers, ranchers and other agricultural clients to meet with MSU scientists and Extension Service specialists to share concerns, ask questions and provide feedback about research and Extension programs.

If the environment is not healthy, producing crops is a serious challenge. Farmers are among the most active environmentalists as they make a living while protecting the state's natural resources. (Photo by Kat Lawrence.)
January 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Environment, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Many organizations and individuals are dedicated to protecting and restoring the environment, but some would be surprised to find that farmers are one group on the forefront of these efforts.

Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said farmers are some of the biggest conservationists around.

Greenhouse Tomato Short Course
January 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes

RAYMOND – The 22nd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course will be held March 6 and 7 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

The conference is open to current growers and those interested in starting a greenhouse tomato operation. Topics will include greenhouse system components, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budgeting for growers, research updates, plant nutrition, alternative crops, water sanitation, physiological disorders, plant diagnostics, disease identification and control, and pest management.

Jonathan Rodgers of DeSoto County, from left, Nick Murphy of Carroll County, Austin "Bubba" Meriweather of Leflore County and Kenzie Ellenberger of DeSoto County follow instructions to build a robot. The four joined other 4-H youth, volunteer leaders and agents at the recent kick-off of the 2012 robotics project at Mississippi State University. (Submitted Photo)
January 19, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE – 4-H robotics projects spark interest in science and technology in youth in some of the state’s most rural communities.

Mariah Smith, an assistant professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, is coordinating the program for Mississippi 4-H. In addition to attending local meetings, the club members can take part in online chats to learn new skills and take on new challenges.

Dr. Andrea Varela-Stokes (foreground) and graduate student Gail Moraru use "tick drags" to collect specimens for their tick-borne disease surveys. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
January 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Research, teaching and diagnostic efforts focused on parasites, such as worms, fleas and ticks, are important for all of the clients served by Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Andrea Varela-Stokes is an assistant professor in basic sciences, teaching veterinary parasitology and helminthology and researching tick-borne diseases. She said there are many applications for parasitology in research and service.

Visiting scholar Alfredo Llecha from Spain and scientists at MSU are studying the black soldier fly as a potential solution for dealing with large amounts of agricultural waste while also generating a feed product.
January 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Imagine an insect that can eat nearly anything, control microbes, live off of water alone in the adult stage, and be a good source of protein for animal feed. The black soldier fly is real, not science fiction, and it has researchers at Mississippi State University abuzz with excitement.

Mississippi State University has more than 1,400 acres of crop and pasture land adjacent to the Starkville campus that is dedicated to research. (Photo by Scott Corey)
January 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Forages, Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Untrained eyes see Mississippi State University’s extensive North and South Farm as typical farmland, but to researchers, these acres are their laboratories.

MSU has more than 2,200 acres of crop and pasture land adjacent to the Starkville campus. While commonly referred to as North and South Farms, these parcels of land are actually the R.R. Foil Research Center and the Leveck Animal Research Center, respectively.

January 20, 2012 - Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Fisheries, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Young women interested in wildlife, fisheries and natural science careers can apply for the second annual discovery day to be held at Mississippi State University.

The Conservation Careers Discovery Day will begin at 4 p.m. March 30 and conclude at 6 p.m. March 31. Participants will learn outdoor skills such as GPS orienteering, canoeing, and plant and wildlife identification. This year, a camp-out and campfire chat with experienced professionals and scientists have been added.

January 20, 2012 - Filed Under: Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi high school juniors considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in an intense summer program at Mississippi State University.

The five-week Rural Medical Scholars summer program at MSU aims to identify the state’s future primary care doctors and help them become members of the medical school class of 2021.

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