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February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – An aquaculture researcher at Mississippi State University has been named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society for his contributions to the advancement of global aquaculture.

Trunk flare, or the part of the tree that meets the roots, is easily detectable on mature trees, such as this oak on the Mississippi State University campus on Feb. 6, 2013. On young trees trunk flare is less prominent but visible, and this part of the tree should always remain above the soil. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Community Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Experts at Mississippi State University recommend that those planting trees in the landscape this Arbor Day do their homework before getting started.

“Most people see a tree they like and decide that they want to have one in their yard, but that is really not the way to decide what kind of tree to plant,” said John Kushla, an associate Extension and research professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Forestry and Wildlife Research Center.

Rachel Stout Evans, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, takes soil samples on Feb. 1, 2013, at the newly established Mississippi State University student farm to show students how soil types drive decision-making for land use. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey).
February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some Mississippi State University students may be able to eat their own homework as they transform a hayfield into a student farm.

MSU’s newly established student farm is located on about 24 acres of the H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center, commonly called South Farm. The student farm is a project guided by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture.

Twins James and Jillian Roberts of Belzoni are joined by their younger brother Joseph as they show their Reserve Champion Chester hog at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions in Jackson on Feb. 7, 2013. The twins participate in 4-H, the youth development program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Tim McAlavy)
February 8, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction.

Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were sold by the head instead of by the pound to make it easier to calculate multiple buyers’ bids.

February 8, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine invites youths with interests in animals and veterinary medicine to apply for a summer camp.

MSU Veterinary Camp will provide a hands-on experience to youths aged 13 to 15. Campers will participate in interactive labs and learn about veterinary medicine from CVM instructors. Students considering a career in veterinary medicine, scientific research or an animal-related field are encouraged to apply.

Katie Bouchillon, left, and Cynthia Osby assemble new components for the Mississippi State University Extension Service's Body Walk exhibit that travels the state teaching elementary students about human health. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Children and Parenting, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Body Walk, a larger-than-life model of human body systems, got its first new major components since the program started teaching elementary school children in 2005.

Katie Bouchillon, Body Walk coordinator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, wrote a grant to fund the facelift for the popular children’s health education exhibit.

Jason Bond
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two Mississippi State University row crop researchers recently received recognition at a national conference.

MSU weed scientist Jason Bond was named the 2013 Rice Researcher of the Year at the 2013 Conservation Tillage Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge, held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Bond has conducted research with an emphasis on rice, corn and cotton at MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville for six years.

Bill Herndon
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Community, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A veteran agricultural economist and administrator at Mississippi State University was recently honored for his achievements and distinguished service to his profession.

Bill Herndon, who serves as the associate vice president of MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, received the 2013 Southern Agricultural Economics Associate Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes significant and enduring contributions in scholarship or public service to southern agricultural economics.

Bruce Leopold
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife

By Meg Henderson
College of Forest Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE – An international wildlife organization has recognized a Mississippi State University department head for promoting gender and ethnic diversity in natural resource professions.

Kudzu bugs have a unique square shape and a strong odor. They feed on soybeans and legume crops in addition to kudzu and can become household pests when they swarm in the fall. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As if Mississippi did not already have enough bugs, three new insect pests became established in the state in 2012.

Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the newest insect residents are two flies and one bug: the spotted wing drosophila, the Bermudagrass stem maggot and the kudzu bug.

“All three pests came from Asia and are here to stay,” Layton said. “They are expected to cause significant economic losses in the crops they affect.”

Spotted wing drosophila …

Mississippi State University students Thad Moody, Caroline Andrews, Trae Foster, Edward Entsminger, Dan Goetz, Bryant Haley and Alex Elkins prepare to sample the fish population in Larry Coleman and George Abrams' fishing pond. The students are members of MSU's chapter of the American Fisheries Society, which received the 2012 Outstanding Subunit Award during the AFS's regional meeting. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Andrews)
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Fisheries, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students at Mississippi State University recently received top honors from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.

Members of MSU’s student organization affiliated with the American Fisheries Society received the 2012 Outstanding Subunit Award during the society’s regional meeting held February 7-10 in Nashville. To be considered for the award, student chapters throughout the Southeast submitted a list of activities and community service projects performed throughout 2012 and a letter of recommendation.

Wayne Ebelhar,
February 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

STONEVILLE – A long-time researcher with Mississippi State University recently received recognition for outstanding career achievements by the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy.

Melissa Tenhet, project director for the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network shares a story with the preschool students at the Brickfire Project after completing literacy pre-assessments through Starkville Rotary's community service project. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Alicia Barnes)
February 15, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Alicia Barnes
MSU School of Human Sciences

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Aiming to better prepare children for kindergarten, the Starkville Rotary Club is providing literacy assessments to local early care and education programs.

Working with an audience much younger than their usual lunch crowd, Rotary members introduced the Between the Lions Preschool Literacy Initiative to 3- and 4-year-olds at Emerson Preschool, the Brickfire Project and First Presbyterian Church Childcare.

Pre-registered school groups will attend the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Open House on April 5. Students, such as these at the 2012 event, enjoy the hands-on activities and demonstrations. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
February 15, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Registration for the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual open house is under way.

School groups are invited to attend the open house on Friday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Wise Center in Starkville. In the past, pre-registration was optional. This year, school groups are required to sign up for the event in advance.

Registration is free. CVM staff will send registered groups parking, schedule and rain date information. Teachers and administrators may order lunches for groups through CVM.

February 18, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Weed Control for Crops, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University graduate student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences continues to bring home awards for research he conducted on chemical control of an invasive weed.

Zach Reynolds of Starkville recently won first place in the Master of Science Poster section at the 2013 Southern Weed Science Society annual meeting. His poster was titled “Control of Palmer amaranth with sequential herbicide applications.” Coauthors in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences were Darrin Dodds, Tyler Dixon and Chase Samples.

Mississippi State University Aiken Village Preschool student Deshaun Phillips brushes his teeth to prevent cavities and maintain good dental hygiene on Feb. 18, 2013. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
February 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Health

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The path to healthy teeth begins in childhood, and two Mississippi State University programs are working to teach proper dental hygiene.

The Mississippi Childcare Resource and Referral Network, part of MSU’s Extension Service, trains childcare providers to teach healthy dental practices through the Cavity Free Kids program.

Dr. Talisha Moore, a former Freeman scholarship recipient and current intern at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, cares for patients and works to recruit minority students to the veterinary profession. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
February 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The generosity of one of Mississippi’s most famous residents attracts veterinary students from diverse cultural backgrounds to the Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

February 20, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – About 200 volunteers who care deeply about the state’s young people will gather in Starkville for leadership training Feb. 22 and 23.

The annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference will be held at the Bost Extension Center at Mississippi State University. Mississippi 4-H is the youth development program of the MSU Extension Service.

February 20, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Horticulture students at Mississippi State University recently brought home multiple awards from the Southern Region meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences.

Seven undergraduate students competed in commodity evaluation and plant identification in four categories: woody ornamentals, greenhouse crops, vegetable crops, and fruit and nut crops.

Mississippi State University graduate students gave presentations on their agricultural research during Feb. 7 competition on campus. Those placing in the doctoral level or one of two master's level competitions included, front row, from left, Aly Shinkle, second place in master's competition; and Amber Eytcheson, second place in the Ph.D. section; and back row, from left, Ben Von Kanel, first place in the Ph.D. section; Andrew Adams, first place in a master's section; Garret Montgomery, second place in a m
February 20, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University showcased top graduate students in a competition described by organizers as “American Idol for agriculture.”

Jason Bond, associate Extension and research professor at MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, said the recent “Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition” was a win-win-win for students, industry representatives and farmers.

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