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Hundreds of people in rows form an audience for a speaker in a large, open room.
January 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Farms profit margins vary as input costs rise and market prices fluctuate, making every expense significant.

January 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The first in a series of webinars designed to prevent opioid misuse in the agricultural community and improve treatment for pain is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Talking to Farmers About Their Pain, a one-hour program delivered via the web, addresses the occupational sources of chronic pain that producers deal with as a result of farming-related accidents, surgeries or strain from repetitive movements. Designed for health care professionals, the module focuses on how to improve communication between medical care providers and patients about occupational pain.

January 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Community

Visitors to the annual Forge Day event Jan. 26 at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum can see a reality television competitor demonstrate his skills.

January 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The time of year has come for producers in Mississippi to provide input on agricultural programming and research at Mississippi State University.

The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host three Producer Advisory Council meetings in February. The meetings give producers across the state an opportunity to communicate their needs to Extension and Experiment Station personnel.

A clump of green rye and vetch grasses with a label resting on a short metal pole in the foreground.
January 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming

Organic produce sales in the U.S. reached $16 billion last year, and demand is projected to continue.

January 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Weed Control for Crops

An additional certification requirement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now in place for individuals who plan to apply dicamba in Xtend cropping systems.

A man wearing a baseball caps squats down inside a poultry house, holding a black camera. Feeders line the floor in rows, small, yellow chicks feed nearby, and the house stretches behind him in the distance.
January 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Livestock, Poultry

In a state where temperatures exceed 90 degrees more than 100 days a year, heat control in poultry houses is a very important consideration for Mississippi's biggest agricultural industry.

Palm trees adorn the landscape in front of blue, green and pink cottages.
January 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Family

Wet and ugly winter weather sends many Mississippians looking for a vacation, and timeshare or interval plans can be the ticket with careful planning.

January 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Fruit and vegetable growers, or those interested in getting into the business, are invited to a daylong conference Feb. 26 in Verona.

January 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Floral Design

People of all ages and experience levels can learn to make various floral arrangements during the spring series of floral design workshops beginning Feb. 19.

January 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Soil Testing

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Soil Testing Lab has new equipment that allows it to offer an expanded range of services to clients.

January 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

Agricultural professionals are invited to attend the 2019 General Pest Management Workshop Jan. 24 at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

January 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Natural Resources

Landowners will receive insights into oil and gas lease issues during daylong educational events Jan. 24 in Lowndes County and Feb. 22 in Wayne County.

December 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

Mississippi producers looking to sell their goods overseas can learn how to connect with international markets during a two-day workshop.

Blue signs stating “absorb” and “delay” mark brick tiers in a landscape growing pink flowers and reed-like stems.
December 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes

A well-designed landscape can subtly slow down and filter excess water, an important job for Mississippi gardens.

Harvested field with large tire ruts holding water.
December 19, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture

 Cotton will not return to the throne as king of Mississippi's row crops, but the former monarch did provide one of the few bright spots in 2018 commodity value estimates.

A close-up of a commercial chicken with white feathers is shown in the right three-quarters of the foreground with other chickens blurred in the background.
December 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Poultry

Poultry producers got off to a robust start in 2018, which helped the industry end the year strong.

This illustration shows the top five agricultural commodities in Mississippi in a bar graph with each bar resembling a silo standing next to a barn. The top five commodities are poultry, forestry, soybeans, cotton and corn. Other commodities are also listed.
December 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Agriculture was a $7.7 billion industry in Mississippi this year, exceeding the total set in 2017 despite declines in the estimated value of row crops, timber, catfish and livestock.

A yellow piece of heavy machinery lifts a load of cut trees off the back of a log truck in a sawmill yard.
December 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forestry

Forestry has been a billion-dollar heavyweight in the state’s economy for the last six years, and the 2018 estimated value of $1.25 billion came despite a sluggish market.

December 14, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops, Peanuts

Mississippi State University recently hired a peanut agronomist to serve the state’s agricultural producers.

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