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Corn acreage is down in Mississippi this year, but the other major row crops saw increases. This field was photographed July 1, 2014, at Mississippi State University's R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Crops, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi producers planted more of the state’s major row crops than they planned in March, and the majority of them are in good condition.

Every winter, Mississippi producers estimate how many acres they will plant of each crop they intend to grow. The U.S. Department of Agriculture tabulates these in March and issues the planting intentions report. On June 30, USDA released actual planted acre figures for the state.

July 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Food Safety

GOODMAN – Fruit and vegetable growers who sell their produce at local farmers markets and to schools or retailers can learn about food safety training, certification programs and new government rules during a July 18 field day in Goodman.

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm will host the field day.

July 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A biochemist with 37 years of experience has been named head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Mississippi 4-H members gathered at Mississippi State University Tuesday, July 15, 2014, for the four-day workshop and tour to learn about business cooperatives and state government. Marella Failla of Hancock County, the state 4-H Council president, helped with registration. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
July 15, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Winning first place at a state-level competition earned senior-level Mississippi 4-H’ers a unique, four-day trip across the state.

From July 15–18, 60 young people will tour the state in the 2014 4-H Cooperative Business Leadership Conference.

July 16, 2014 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Fruit

RAYMOND -- Fruit and vegetable growers can learn how to grow and sell produce for farmers markets during an upcoming short course.

Micro Farming: Growing for Farmers Markets will be held Aug. 27 and 28 in Raymond.

When packing lunches, children and adults need to follow good hygiene and food safety practices, such as starting with clean hands, a clean work surface and a clean lunch box. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
July 16, 2014 - Filed Under: Food Safety

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Many children get sick when the school year starts up, and germs may be lurking in an unexpected place: the lunch box.

Natasha Haynes, a family and consumer sciences agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Rankin County, said lunch boxes and bags can harbor bacteria.

“Kids don’t always wash their hands before handling their lunch boxes and food,” Haynes said. “Since most lunches include finger foods, it’s easy to see how germs and bacteria can make kids sick.”

Sandy Coleman Mitchell feeds cattle at her family's farm in Corinth on July 14, 2014. Mitchell strives to educate her community about the importance of agriculture. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
July 16, 2014 - Filed Under: Women for Agriculture

CORINTH -- Despite jokingly being called her father’s “second son” because of her willingness to help with chores while growing up on her family’s farm, Sandy Coleman Mitchell has proven that women make valuable contributions to the agricultural industry.

July 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Rice

STONEVILLE -- Mississippi State University increased its support of the state’s rice industry in the state with the recent appointment of Ed Redoña as rice breeder at the Delta Research and Extension Center.

July 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Crops

STONEVILLE -- Growers and consultants are invited to the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center Aug. 13 for a look at late-season issues affecting the state’s row crop acreage.

The half-day field day begins with registration and exhibits at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and field tours that start at 1 p.m. Visitors will make several stops in the research station fields to examine current crop conditions and hear reports and information from MSU researchers and Extension Service specialists.

Preschoolers and workers practice together during a tornado drill at the Mississippi State University Child Development and Family Studies Center on July 16, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Teachers, students and parents need to be on the same page when disasters happen during school hours.

Ryan Akers, assistant Extension professor of community preparation and disaster management at Mississippi State University, said basic plans can make a huge difference for everyone involved when emergencies occur.

“Emergency plans are becoming more important to schools, and not just the traditional fire and tornado drills,” Akers said. “Schools are gathering supplies and working on extensive communication plans to help everyone involved.”

We all scream for more ice cream as 67,000 cups of MSU ice cream were sold in 2012, and muscadine ripple won out as the fan favorite. (Photo by MSU Office of Public Affairs/Megan Bean)
July 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Family, Food

July is National Ice Cream Month…

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As temperatures increase, so does the production of Mississippi State University’s ice cream, especially in July, which is National Ice Cream Month.

David Hall, MSU’s dairy process production manager, said ice cream sales have been steadily rising in recent years.

“In 2012, we sold 9,000 gallons of ice cream,” Hall said. “That year we sold 67,000 cups compared to 44,500 cups in 2005.”

David Coblentz, 12, uses a search engine on an iPad mini. Parents should take some practical steps to help ensure their children are protected as they use Internet-connected devices to socialize or do homework. (Photo by MSU Communications/Bonnie Coblentz)
July 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As students head back to the classroom, parents should remain aware of their children’s online behavior -- whether for school assignments or socializing.

Jamie Varner, an instructor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach, said parents should warn their children about digital dangers and take practical steps to help keep them safe.

July 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Wildlife

STARKVILLE -- Land owners and property managers can get a firsthand look at the latest land management techniques during a special tour organized by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

The Golden Triangle Wildlife Management Tour will be Aug. 7 in Clayton Village at a property located on Highway 182 about 200 yards east of the MSU Golf Course. Signs will be posted along the highway. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Tours depart at 5:30 p.m. Water will be provided on the tour wagons.

Dr. Juli Gunter, left, and veterinary technologist Michela Koppens perform a skin test on a canine patient. A skin test is the first step in administering allergy therapy, which is used when pets with flea or environmental allergies do not respond to basic treatments. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
July 21, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

JACKSON -- Sneezing, itchy skin and swollen, watery eyes are hallmarks of spring and summer for some humans. But allergies can affect pets, too.

Dr. Juli Gunter, board-certified veterinary dermatology specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said sensitivities to fleas and environmental elements, such as grass, tree and weed pollens and house dust mites, are the most common allergies in dogs and cats.

Sweet potato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals can learn about current research and issues at a field day Aug. 20.
July 21, 2014 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

PONTOTOC -- Sweet potato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals can learn about current research and issues at a field day Aug. 20.

Researchers and specialists with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, located at 8320 Highway 15 South.

July 21, 2014 - Filed Under: Wheat

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University has released the results of the winter wheat variety trials to help farmers plan for fall and winter wheat planting.

The university’s Official Variety Trials program evaluates the performance of agricultural crops planted throughout the state.

Researchers planted 82 varieties of wheat this past fall at eight locations in Mississippi. Fourteen companies provided seed for the trials.

Brien Henry, an associate professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, is visiting a research plot on June 19, 2014, at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center, commonly known as North Farm. He is researching the effects of planting date, plant population and hybrid selection on field corn. (Photo by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station/David Ammon)
July 22, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As early corn comes to market in July, growers are reminded that timing counts for a lot when it comes to planting corn. That’s why Mississippi State University scientists are researching the effects of planting date, plant population and hybrid selection on field corn yields.

July 24, 2014 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Anyone interested in learning about the latest turfgrass management practices can attend the 2014 Mississippi State University Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day to get access to industry experts.

The MSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences will host the event in Starkville on Aug. 26.

In addition to five educational workshops led by the MSU Turfgrass Team, the field day will include a vendor expo with field demonstrations and opportunities for guests to have one-on-one discussions with experts at the MSU Extension Service booth.

July 24, 2014 - Filed Under: About Extension, Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- An experienced consumer economics professor has been named the new family financial management specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Arabela Viana of Brazil is culturing stem cells from pig tissue on July 16, 2014, as part of a summer research program at Mississippi State University. Viana is a fellow in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Summer Research Experience Program. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
July 24, 2014 - Filed Under: Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A young researcher from Maine and another from Brazil are finding Mississippi to be a good place to lay the foundation for scientific careers.

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