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Judy Breland, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent in Stone County, demonstrates pine needle basket weaving at the 2015 Piney Woods Heritage Festival at the MSU Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, Mississippi. The 2016 festival is set for Nov. 18 and 19. (Photo by Mississippi State University Extension Service/Pat Drackett)
November 1, 2016 - Filed Under: Community

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Craftsmen will showcase the skills and traditions of the Piney Woods region on Nov. 18 and 19 during the Piney Woods Heritage Festival.

Visitors to the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum in Picayune will enjoy educational exhibits and skills demonstrations, including blacksmithing, quilting, spinning and basket making. Local musicians will perform traditional music throughout the day on Nov. 19.

Jasper County 4-H member Lacie Winn finished her 4-H livestock project career at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Mississippi. Winn placed with Drake, her European crossbred steer, in the competition on Oct. 8, 2016. (Submitted photo)
October 28, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Women for Agriculture

By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service

LOUIN, Miss. -- For one Jasper County 4-H member, a junior livestock show career has come full circle.

Lacie Winn, 18, has competed in 4-H livestock shows across the state since 2006. The youth development program is managed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and open to youngsters from 5-18 years of age.

In 1974, Edward C. Martin Jr. became Mississippi’s first registered landscape architect. Today, he displays in his living room the concrete chicken students gave him years ago after he taught a class in landscape design at Mississippi State. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
October 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design and Management

By Ms. Bonnie A. Coblentz and Ms. Madeline Golden
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Fifty-nine years ago, a man who appreciates the design potential of concrete chickens started a landscape symposium at Mississippi State University. Today, he still has a concrete chicken gracing his living room, and MSU's annual Landscape Design Symposium bears Edward C. Martin Jr.'s name.

Jessica Lero, left, records the types of trash Kaileb Williams, center, and Laila Williams found while participating in the 2016 Mississippi Coastal Cleanup on Oct. 22 in Biloxi, Mississippi, with their Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H club in Harrison County. They joined about 2,400 volunteers to collect more than an estimated 10 tons of trash during the 28th annual event. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
October 27, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Natural Resources, Environment

BILOXI, Miss. -- About 2,400 volunteers helped remove trash from beaches and other waterways during the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup on Oct. 22.

Organizers estimate that volunteers collected more than 10 tons of debris at the 28th annual Gulf Coast event. The Mississippi State University Extension Service organizes and implements the Coastal Cleanup in partnership with the Mississippi Marine Debris Task Force. Members of the community and local organizations combed more than 50 sites located on beaches, barrier islands and coastal waterways.

Mississippi Representative Ken Morgan of Marion County, left, examines a wood product held by Dan Seale, a professor of sustainable bioproducts at the R.T. Clapp Forest Products Lab at Mississippi State University. Morgan and other members of Senate and House agricultural committees visited MSU on Oct. 18 and 19, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
October 21, 2016 - Filed Under: Community

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University hosted state legislators serving on agricultural committees to provide a glimpse into the institution's efforts to support veterinary medicine, forestry and agriculture.

Bill Herndon, associate vice president for the MSU Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, helped plan the Oct. 18 and 19 tours. About 25 members of the Mississippi House and Senate agricultural committees visited the university's north farm, dairy processing plant, Wood Magic Science Fair and College of Veterinary Medicine.

Brittany Lipsey, a Mississippi State University graduate student from Louisville, Mississippi, is researching management techniques that can be used to combat sugarcane aphids, helping sorghum farmers have a sustainable future with the crop. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
October 21, 2016 - Filed Under: Grains, Insects-Crop Pests

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Fewer Mississippi producers are looking at grain sorghum as a crop rotation option since an introduced pest became a major problem, a trend Mississippi State University researchers are working to reverse.

The sugarcane aphid is a nonnative pest introduced to the United States in Florida in 1977. By the late 1990s, it had been found in Louisiana. In both states, the pest initially fed on sugarcane. At some point, the aphid began feeding on Johnsongrass, a significant weed found in sugarcane and other crops in the Midsouth.

October 20, 2016 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Proper nutrition, physical activity and food safety precautions can help pregnant women deliver healthy babies.

Niti Puri, a dietetic intern in the Mississippi State University Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, said expectant mothers should consume higher levels of some key vitamins and minerals and take extra precautions against food-borne illnesses.

October 19, 2016 - Filed Under: Forages

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Adequate forage for livestock is becoming a concern for Mississippi producers as drought conditions persist, but alternative hay sources and feeding options can compensate for shortages.

The Mississippi Hay Directory helps livestock producers locate hay supplies. The directory is updated each time a new entry is submitted, and listings expire after 60 days.

October 19, 2016 - Filed Under: Precision Agriculture

The Geosystems Research Institute (GRI) at Mississippi State University has released a new web application, "GeoDawg," that gives Mississippians the ability to easily use the capabilities of a powerful geographic information system (GIS).

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October 13, 2016 - Filed Under: Farming, Health, Natural Resources, Environment

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State University agricultural economists are hosting an Oct. 27-28 sustainable agriculture conference that integrates environmental health, economic profitability and consumer demand for efficient, long-term use of resources.

The Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association is holding its 42nd annual meeting at MSU to discuss sustainability in agriculture.

Lynn McMahan of Vancleave, past president of the Mississippi Master Gardeners, learns about plant diseases from Clarissa Balbalian, manager of the Mississippi State University Extension Service's plant diagnostic lab, during campus tours in 2013. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
October 12, 2016 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

TUPELO, Miss. -- For more than a quarter century, Mississippians with a love for horticulture have been helping to educate and serve their communities through a nationwide Extension Service program.

Marjan de Regt, right, a Washington County row crop farmer from the Netherlands, visits her son, Skyler, an agribusiness major at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
October 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Women for Agriculture, Community

HOLLANDALE, Miss. -- Marjan de Regt and her husband, Jan, planned to spend three years farming in the Mississippi Delta before returning to their native Netherlands.

That was 29 years ago, and the family still calls Hollandale home.

The de Regts farmed 2,600 acres of soybeans, 500 acres of rice and 200 acres of corn in 2016. This year was only the third time they tried corn.

October 10, 2016 - Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative

By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Kids spend a lot of time indoors, and while that inactivity contributes to a lack of exercise, it also can cause other kinds of health problems.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, suggested five important tips for keeping the home environment healthy.

Monroe County Extension agent Randall Nevins, left, reviews horticulture career options with Karen Carothers and Elsie Buskes, both of Oxford, Mississippi. Dennis Reginelli, right, a regional specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, joins the discussion at a career expo for eighth-graders in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Oct. 5, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
October 7, 2016 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, Natural Resources

TUPELO, Miss. -- Some eighth-grade students may have career dreams but no clue how to make them real. Others may not even have dreams yet.

Bill Burdine, a regional specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, helped assemble professionals to staff exhibits in the agriculture and natural resources section of a recent career expo in Tupelo. The 2016 Imagine the Possibilities Northeast Mississippi Career Expo targeted 7,000 eighth-graders from 72 school districts in 17 counties.

Mississippi cotton farmers are more than halfway through harvesting what is expected to be the fourth straight year the state has averaged more than 1,000 pounds of cotton per acre. This Coahoma County cotton was waiting for harvest Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
October 7, 2016 - Filed Under: Cotton

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- There's no reason for cotton farmers to sing the blues this year.

Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cotton harvest was nearly halfway done by the first week of October. Early yields suggest the state will average more than 1,000 pounds of cotton per acre.

Good prices provided the icing on the cake.

Mississippi 4-H’ers in the Oktibbeha County Clover Dawgs robotics engineering club celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day. The Oct. 5 event features an engineering challenge for young people. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
October 6, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Local 4-H’ers weren't waiting until 4-H National Youth Science Day on Wednesday to open their 4-H Drone Discovery Challenge kits. Instead, the Clover Dawgs robotics engineering club began work Friday.

Each Oktibbeha County kid looked skeptically at the first set of components for the much-anticipated activity: a green, plastic tube that resembled a thick-walled straw, along with a short, white, lightweight propeller. Their mission was to build plastic helicopters.

October 6, 2016 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

Mississippi State University agribusiness student A.J. Bland is among 21 U.S. students to receive a National Black Farmers Association scholarship.

Bland, a Tunica native, is the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship that will help him pursue his degree in agribusiness.

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Christa Lee, owner of LoveLee Rolls in Starkville, Mississippi, flours her work surface on Sept. 30, 2016, as she prepares to bake cinnamon rolls for her cottage food business. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
October 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Farmers Markets, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A recipe for cinnamon rolls that she found in college turned into a profitable hobby business and now a cottage industry for Christa Lee and her husband, Tyson.

Their business, LoveLee Rolls, sells pans of baked cinnamon rolls at the Starkville farmers market all summer and by word of mouth the rest of the year.

“We started in July 2014. I was staying home with the baby, and we didn’t really need more money -- just thought it would be a fun hobby,” Christa Lee said. “On the way home from the beach one day, we said, let’s just do it.”

October 4, 2016 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Farmers Markets

TUPELO, Miss. -- Farmers can learn about growing and selling produce directly to the consumer during an on-farm field day organized by the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production.

Fall chrysanthemums are right behind these blooming pansies, and both will be available at the Mississippi State University horticulture club’s annual fall plant sale. The sale will take place from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 at the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, located at the Highway 182 entrance to the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Facility. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
September 30, 2016 - Filed Under: Community, Flower Gardens

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Gardeners can add fresh color to their landscapes with plants purchased at the Mississippi State University horticulture club’s annual fall plant sale.

This year’s sale will take place from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 at the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, located at the Highway 182 entrance to the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Facility.

Popular flowering plants, such as chrysanthemums, pansies and snapdragons, will be available for purchase. Pumpkins and flowering kale also will be for sale.

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