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Feature Story from 2012

Warm winter temperatures may improve the survival of stink bugs, such as this as this Southern green stink bug. Stink bugs afflict vegetable crops and row crops, especially soybeans. (Photo courtesy of Angus Catchot)
March 1, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Many Mississippians wonder whether the mild winter will increase the insect pest populations in their gardens and fields this year. However, spring weather could be the more significant factor, said Mississippi State University experts.

MSU Extension Service entomologist Angus Catchot said he is asked about the impact of the winter weather on insect populations everywhere he goes.

March 1, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Food

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag. Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University is part of an effort to connect restaurants with Mississippi producers to get fresh local produce to consumers.

MSU’s Extension Service is promoting Eat Healthy Mississippi, a campaign sponsored by the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. The program unites restaurant chefs seeking local foods for their menus and growers who can supply fresh fruits and vegetables. In turn, restaurant patrons will have access to healthier foods.

Sylvia Byrd
March 1, 2012 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Sylvia Byrd and two nutrition students in Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be honored at a statewide awards function March 8.

Mississippi State University research scientist Brian Baldwin developed Freedom giant miscanthus, a biofuel feedstock used to create tank-ready gasoline. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
March 1, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Cool Planet Biofuels recently announced it has used Freedom giant miscanthus to create gasoline, a breakthrough in the biofuels industry.

Eric Stafne
March 1, 2012 - Filed Under: About Extension, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit, Nuts

POPLARVILLE – Mississippi fruit producers have a new specialist to consult about crop problems and advise them on best practices.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service has hired Eric Stafne as the assistant Extension professor of fruit crops. He is located at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center in Poplarville.

Mississippi State University students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising program swept the awards in the student merchandising exhibit competition at the recent Mississippi Association for Family and Consumer Sciences annual state conference. From left: Storey Wilson, third place; Hana Ali and Holly Farlow, first place; Lashaunda Bobbett, second place. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
March 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Community
March 6, 2012 - Filed Under: Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University’s program aimed at getting high school students interested in medical careers is taking applications until March 21.

The Rural Medical Scholars program is a five-week, residential program for rising high school seniors. Other than the $60 registration fee, there is no cost to attend the program. Those who successfully complete the program will have taken two college pre-med courses and learned more about the medical field while shadowing professionals on the job.

Carla Huston
March 6, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A veterinarian at Mississippi State University has been named the state’s top veterinarian, an honor that has now come to MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine three times.

Dr. Carla Huston, associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, was named the Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. The award was announced at the 2012 MVMA winter meeting in Starkville.

Lane Segerstrom brought corn and specially dyed kenaf fibers to Mississippi State University for research to develop stronger pressed board products for his company, Corn Board Manufacturing Inc.
March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A fibrous plant researched at Mississippi State University may end up at the Olympics in the form of a specialty gun stock.

“We’re exploring how to make a commercial product out of an agricultural byproduct and kenaf, a quick-growing plant,” said Dan Seale, forest products professor in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A storm-resistant landscape design and consistent tree health monitoring can save cities and property owners time and money.

“Well-designed landscapes are easier to maintain and reduce the risk of damage from a fallen tree or limb,” said John Kushla, a Mississippi State University Extension Service forestry specialist and associate research professor in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Good design helps trees weather storms more easily.

Michael Seymour
March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture honored Mississippi State University associate professor Michael Seymour with the national 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Seymour has taught in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the Department of Landscape Architecture for seven years. He has distinguished himself as an outstanding educator, researcher and colleague, said Sadik Artunc, head of the landscape architecture department.

People who want to control food quality and availability, improve their diets and save money are investing time and energy in community gardens. (Photo by MSU Kat Lawrence)
March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: Vegetable Gardens

MISSSSIPPI STATE -- Community gardens have gained popularity in Mississippi recently because they can improve health and environmental sustainability.

Before : Charity Womack (front row, left) wanted a healthier lifestyle so she joined other members of the Tunica County 4-H Club in the Move to Lose program, with encouragement from 4-H agent Ebony Jones (far right).
March 8, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MMISSISSIPPI STATE -- Tunica County 4-H is striving to help kids and teens achieve healthier lifestyles through a new program called Move to Lose.

Ebony Jones, Tunica County 4-H agent, started the Move to Lose program in September after she saw an interest in a healthier lifestyle among her 4-H’ers.

March 13, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Lawn and Garden

JACKSON -- The Crosby Arboretum Foundation will host authors Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown beginning at noon on March 31 to discuss the restoration of the Eudora Welty garden.

Haltom and Brown co-authored “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place” in which they discuss the restoration of the garden at Welty’s home and the garden’s historic importance to landscaping. They will speak as part of the Jean Chisholm Lindsey Lecture in Landscape Design.

Contestants in the youth Western pleasure class await results of the competition at the Mississippi State University Bulldog Classic AQHA show. (Photos courtesy of Brenda Fuquay.)
March 14, 2012 - Filed Under: Livestock, Equine

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi Horse Park at Mississippi State University hosted nearly double the number of last year’s contestants at the American Quarter Horse Association’s Quarter Horse show March 10 and 11.

The oldest Quarter Horse show in the state of Mississippi has grown quickly over the past two years. In its 53rd year, the AQHA is still going strong, and contestants have been reaping the benefits of the new, more affordable flat entry fee.

JoVonn Hill, left, and Chris Doffitt helped catalog the plant life in Lauderdale County. They used a variety of sources, including collections at Mississippi State University's Herbarium, to identify the plants they found. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
March 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian is not only the final resting place of the renowned Gypsy Queen, it is also the first site in North America where a particular type of sedge from Eurasia was found.

A four-man team spent five years gathering data for a floristic survey of Lauderdale County. They discovered the sedge during the study, and now, anyone wanting to know if a certain plant is found in the Meridian area can get their answer in the current issue of the journal Rhodora.

March 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Parental monitoring is critical to the health and well-being of adolescents, whether the issue is Internet use or behavior in general.

Tommy Phillips, assistant professor in Mississippi State University’s School of Human Sciences, said although parents do not want to look over their teen’s shoulders constantly, a reasonable level of supervision is essential.

March 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Local municipal governments are providing insight into their use of the Internet so the Extension Broadband Education and Adoption Team can develop recommendations to improve services to residents and businesses.

Roberto Gallardo, assistant Extension professor at Mississippi State University’s Southern Rural Development Center, said the survey results are a gold mine of helpful information about the state’s municipalities, one of e-BEAT’s core audiences.

March 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Environment, Natural Resources

BILOXI -- An eight-week Mississippi Master Naturalist course will educate citizens about local natural resources and promote environmental stewardship.

Offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the class will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. every Thursday from April 26 to June 14. Classes take place at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Field trips are also planned.

Mississippi State University Horticulture Club members Deanna Lyle of Aberdeen and Josh Craver of Tyler, Texas, prepare plants to be sold at the Everything Garden Expo to be held at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville March 24 and 25. (Photo by Scott Corey)
March 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Community


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