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April 22, 1996 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Jennifer Miller

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- All parents want what is best for their children. However, media reports of child care provider abuses make it difficult for many parents to trust someone.

Whether parents choose home-based, family, group or center-based child care, they need to learn how to look, listen and ask questions when seeking the best caregiver.

Dr. Louise Davis, extension child and family development specialist at Mississippi State University, said one of the most important qualities a caregiver should have is interest in the child.

April 22, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Insects-Crop Pests

By Douglas Wilcox

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- State farmers are hopeful that last winter's freezing weather helped give crop insect pests the cold shoulder for the 1996 growing season.

Mississippi State University entomologists are expressing "cautious optimism" on whether the low temperatures and prolonged wet winter had any effect on the insects that damage Mississippi crops each year.

Dr. Blake Layton, cotton entomology specialist at MSU, said Mississippi farmers may be in for a pleasant surprise this growing season because of the dipping mercury.

April 19, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Livestock, Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The cows may be mad in England, but in the United States, it's the cattlemen with reasons to be angry.

Dr. Charlie Forrest, extension agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, said fed cattle prices are down $6 to $8 per hundredweight from this time last year. Calf prices are down about $25 per hundredweight.

April 12, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi farmers are plowing ahead optimistically into a new growing season as several commodities post life-of-contract highs on the market.

Many farmers still are reeling from the battles of 1995 which included tremendous insect control costs and a late summer drought.

April 8, 1996 - Filed Under: Forestry, Timber Harvest

By Jennifer Miller

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Timber production brings millions of dollars into Mississippi each year. But unfortunately, pine trees are falling victim to an unlikely predator -- kudzu.

Malcolm Montgomery, a Claiborne County resident, knows the damage kudzu can cause.

"I have 200 acres of seven-year-old pine trees that are planted next to a patch of kudzu," he said. It is difficult to control and if it is not stopped, it will eventually kill the pines."

April 8, 1996 - Filed Under: Family

By Bethany Waldrop Keiper

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A spot or stain on a favorite piece of clothing can be one of the most frustrating sights in the world.

Fortunately, with the proper treatment, many stains can be removed, said Dr. Everlyn Johnson, extension clothing and textiles specialist at Mississippi State University.

To help consumers keep their clothing stain-free, Johnson provided suggestions taken from the stain removal guide published by the Cooperative Extension Service at MSU.

April 8, 1996 - Filed Under: Family

By Dawn R. Hanna

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As spring cleaning gets into full swing, many Mississippians must decide what to do with boxes of discarded clothes -- plan a yard sale or find a second-hand clothing shop.

"Garage sales are a way of getting rid of things you no longer want, need or use," said Dr. Beverly Howell, extension family economics and management specialist at Mississippi State University. "They are also an excellent way of making extra cash, meeting new faces and just having fun."

April 4, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

By Bethany Waldrop Keiper

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- This year's growing season is off to a slow start as many different obstacles have kept farmers out of their fields.

Cool, wet weather during March and into early April has muddied fields and kept soil temperatures low. Growers in counties across the state are watching the weather and waiting for fields to dry.

April 4, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Technology

By Douglas Wilcox

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi soybean and cotton farmers should find it easier to decide what seed variety to plant these days, not by trial and error, but by accessing the Internet through their home computers.

The Mississippi soybean variety trials, conducted by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, yield information ranging from how to select a seed variety for your field to the actual planting procedures. Any farmer in the world with a computer and Internet access can download the information from the World Wide Web.

March 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Agricultural Economics

By Bethany Waldrop Keiper

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- This year's planting intentions report yielded few surprises as producers based many acreage decisions on market prices.

Economists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced their 1996 crop predictions March 29. The biggest change for Mississippi is corn acreage, rising from 300,000 acres in '95 to 550,000 acres for 1996 -- an 83 percent increase.

March 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops
UNITED STATES
EXPECTED ACREAGE IN MILLIONS
  1996 1995 CHANGE
CORN 79.92 71.24 +12%
COTTON 15.24 16.93 -10%
GRAIN
SORGHUM
10.62 9.45
January 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton, Insects-Crop Pests

JACKSON -- Cotton growers opposed to the boll weevil eradication program believe a ruling by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office is good news, but supporters of the program believe it is good news for the boll weevils.

In a ruling released Jan. 25, prior to a joint meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the attorney general's opinion was that growers could keep the program with a two-thirds majority voting in favor of continuing the program.

January 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Cotton

GRENADA -- Cotton growers from Mississippi's eastern counties recently aired complaints against 1995's boll weevil eradication efforts and received information on improvements planned for 1996.

Growers from Region IV's 29 counties down the eastern side of the state joined growers from across Mississippi at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corp. in Grenada.

A devastating insect year resulted in growers from several counties accusing eradication efforts for low yields and crop failures.

January 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Economics

By Dawn R. Hanna

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippians have more than a billion reasons for celebrating Arbor Day on Feb. 9. Forestry is more than an asset to the state's environment; it's an asset to Mississippi's economy.

"Timber has been an important asset to Mississippi's economy, but in the last two years our forests generated more than a billion dollars in harvest value," said Dr. Bob Daniels, extension forestry specialist at Mississippi State University.

Mississippians begin celebrating tree planting week on Arbor Day, Feb. 9.

January 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics

By Dawn R. Hanna

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Traditionally when people think of Valentine's Day they think of hearts and flowers or chocolate candy. This year, try surprising your loved one with a special valentine gift made with love.

January 29, 1996 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health

By Dawn R. Hanna

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- People tend to celebrate Valentine's Day with gifts to show love and affection. Choosing a healthy gift will make loved ones' smiles last longer.

Consider other valentine gift ideas besides sweets for your sweetheart.

"Sugar is an empty source of calories and does not provide nutrients that our bodies need," said Dr. Melissa Mixon, extension human nutrition specialist at Mississippi State University.

Mixon said moderation is the key when eating sweets on Valentine's Day.

December 11, 1995 - Filed Under: Cotton

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Tobacco budworms didn't just take a bite out of cotton bolls, they joined the drought-like conditions to take a bite out of cotton growers' bank accounts.

"Growers not only harvested less cotton in 1995, but it was also one of the state's most expensive cotton crops ever," said Dr. Will McCarty, extension cotton specialist at Mississippi State University. "These two factors -- a smaller crop and higher costs -- are pushing a significant number of growers to the brink of financial disaster."

December 11, 1995 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

By Bethany Waldrop Keiper

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- 1995 has proved to be a year of highs and lows for Mississippi agriculture as some crops reached record values while others experienced disastrous yields.

Forestry, poultry/eggs, catfish and horticulture crops saw increases in value, but the state's overall estimated value of farm production dropped $56 million this year. Agricultural economists at Mississippi State University predict the state's estimated value of farm production will reach $4.37 billion for 1995.

December 11, 1995 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- In a continuing neck-and-neck battle for the No. 1 spot in Mississippi agriculture, forestry is expected to maintain its lead ahead of poultry and eggs with each passing the billion dollar mark again in 1995.

Posting an estimated harvest value of $1.1 billion, forestry gained about $36 million ahead of 1994 figures.

Poultry and eggs are estimated at almost $1.09 billion in 1995, an increase of $50 million.

December 11, 1995 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Poultry

By Bethany Waldrop Keiper

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Although overall estimated value of farm production is down in Mississippi for 1995, the poultry industry has scored another record-breaking year.

Agricultural economists at Mississippi State University predict the industry's value is $1.09 billion for 1995, up $50 million from 1994.

Poultry and eggs' rise in value is the highest in the state, even though it comes in second behind forestry's estimated farm value of $1.1 billion.

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