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August 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, MISS. -- Toddlers who like to bite are a common source of concern for parents, but moms and dads can help their children manage this behavior.

Biting is a normal developmental step that begins when a child starts teething, said Karen Benson, Neshoba County coordinator for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

August 10, 2016 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

PONTOTOC, Miss. -- Mississippi State University faculty and specialists will update producers at a field day in Pontotoc Aug. 24 on recent sweet potato research.

Sweet potato producers, researchers, agriculture industry representatives and crop consultants can view research plots and variety trials at the MSU-Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station during the program.

Personnel with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will present information on weed management, crop fertility and sweet potato varieties.

Members of Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Early Years Network and Excel by 5 celebrated the grand opening of the North Central Mississippi Resource and Referral Center with Durant Mayor Tasha Davis (center) and community members on Aug. 2, 2016. The center provides early child care educators, families and other residents in Holmes County a place to visit and borrow educational books, toys and games. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Alexandra Woolbright)
August 9, 2016 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

DURANT, Miss. -- Early child care educators, families and other residents in the Durant area now have a new place to visit and borrow educational books, toys and games.

On Aug. 2, the North Central Mississippi Resource and Referral Center celebrated its grand opening, becoming the 18th center of its kind in the state.

August 9, 2016 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Environment

BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippians interested in working with the state’s natural resources can get in-depth education and certification through an eight-week course.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium will host the Coastal Mississippi Master Naturalist Program from Sept. 2 to Oct. 21.

Participants will meet once a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn basic principles of natural resource ecology and management through classroom instruction, field activities and team exercises.

Mississippi State University Extension Service floral design specialist Jim DelPrince, right, accepted the American Institute of Floral Designers Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry from Awards Committee Chairman Rich Salvaggio during the organization’s annual National Symposium in July. (Photo courtesy of American Institute of Floral Designers)
August 5, 2016 - Filed Under: About Extension, Community

BILOXI, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service employee recently received a national award for his significant contribution to the floral industry.

Jim DelPrince, an Extension floral design specialist, accepted the American Institute of Floral Designers Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry during the organization’s annual National Symposium in July.

Doctoral student Yan Campbell, front, and research associate Vi Jackson serve trays to consumer panelists, who evaluate the food samples and determine how acceptable they are. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
August 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion in the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences places an emphasis on outreach that is shown through more than a dozen programs offered in conjunction with the MSU Extension Service.

August 4, 2016 - Filed Under: Agriculture

CEDAR BLUFF, Miss. -- Farmers can learn about soil fertility, growing fall crops and preserving the harvest during the upcoming Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production field day Aug. 19.

The on-farm field day will be at High Hope Farm, located at 10705 Milam Road in Cedar Bluff.

Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and cooperating agencies will present information and lead question-and-answer sessions. Farmers and vendors can also display their services and items for sale.

Oktibbeha County 4-H member Trukyra Lawrence, left, waits as judges, from left, Theresa Sproles, Edwin Taylor and Lanelle Martin evaluate her grilling area at the 2016 North Half State Cook-Off competition on June 28, 2016. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/ Kat Lawrence)
July 29, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects
By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

Learn by doing…

WINONA, Miss. -- Families, friends and agents of the Mississippi State University Extension Service watched smoke rise from several grills housed inside the Montgomery County Coliseum as an aroma of herbs, spices and charcoal filled the air.

Each year, dozens of 4-H members from Mississippi pack their grills, meat, utensils and secret ingredients to compete in the annual state 4-H Cook-Out.

Young athletes need family support on and off the field, especially when it comes to staying hydrated and eating nutritious foods. (Photo by MSU Extension/Brian Utley)
July 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting, Nutrition

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Student athletes will be returning not only to the classroom soon, but also to after-school practice and games.

Research shows that around 70 percent of children participate in organized sports. In addition to exercise, young athletes need nutritious, well-balanced diets to reflect their active lifestyles.

July 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Children are supposed to enjoy being around each other, but bullies can quickly spoil the fun and hurt a child’s feelings.

Watching children endure bullying is difficult, but what should parents do when their child is the bully?

Tashmia Turner, a family and consumer sciences agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Madison County, said bullying is a behavior that should not be accepted.

July 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Natural Resources

JACKSON, Miss. -- Landowners and hunting clubs eager to earn extra income while improving land management for wildlife are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop.

The Sept. 29 event will take place at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation in Jackson, located at 6311 Ridgewood Road.

July 27, 2016 - Filed Under: Fruit, Commercial Fruit and Nuts

CARRIERE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University will host the annual Muscadine Field Day Aug. 27 at the McNeill Research Unit.

Speakers from the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service will discuss muscadine cultivars, best production practices, and insects and diseases.

The field day is from 9-11 a.m. Preregistration is not required for the free event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

July 26, 2016 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

DURANT, Miss. -- The Early Years Network and Durant Excel by 5 Coalition invite parents and young children to attend a grand opening event for the new North Central Mississippi Resource and Referral Center on Aug. 2.

The open house at 515 Northwest Ave. in Durant will be from 3-5 p.m. Following a brief ceremony, staff and Early Years Network personnel will be on hand to visit with patrons and community members.

Thirty-four 4-H’ers learned leadership skills when they toured four co-ops as part of the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Here, Jonathan Pannell, left, of Alcorn County, and Thomas Heck of Hancock County examine cotton samples at Staplcotn in Greenwood. (Submitted Photo/Lauren Revel)
July 25, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Ambassador Program, Leadership

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A group of 34 elite 4-H’ers toured part of northeast Mississippi July 18-21 learning about leadership and business cooperatives.

The first-place winners in the senior level of 4-H competition at this year’s 4-H Club Congress, state 4-H Ambassadors and the state 4-H Council officers participated in the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Mississippi State University was home base for the group as they took a bus tour to Mayhew, West Point, Greenville and Greenwood.

July 22, 2016 - Filed Under: Technology

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Parents who want to buy first-rate, back-to-school computers for their children on a midrange budget may want to keep their heads in “the cloud.”

Roberto Gallardo, an associate Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach, said speed and Wi-Fi capabilities should take priority over hard drive space, as more computer manufacturers are shifting to cloud-based computing, which relies on the internet for much of its digital storage capacity.

Adara Blalock, 10, visits with a grasshopper (or vice versa) while taking a break during the Adams County Farm Camp near Natchez, Mississippi, on July 7, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
July 22, 2016 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

NATCHEZ, Miss. -- Life in a rural community does not guarantee opportunities to experience agriculture, understand where food comes from or learn how to treat animals.

The Adams County Farm Camp offered 35 children, ages 8 to 13, hands-on activities around cattle, chickens, horses, fish, wildlife and gardens.

Campers (front row, from left) Jendiya Harkins, Jayda Robson, Ankeria Harkins and Morgan Peterson; and Travis Jones and Ceniyah Jamison learn robotics at a community summer camp on July 11, 2016 in Artesia, Miss. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and 4-H uses robotics to introduce children to science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at an early age. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Michaela Parker)
July 20, 2016 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Technology

By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service

ARTESIA, Miss. -- Children’s faces lit up as they watched their bright-blue robots glide across the floor at their commands.

Nate Peterson, community development coordinator for Artesia, watched his 32 summer campers beam with excitement as they played with robots for the first time. Peterson worked alongside camp director Betty Sanders to coordinate sports, educational demonstrations and other activities for local children to enjoy while their parents were at work.  

When children from the Mississippi State University Child Development and Family Studies Center go home for the summer, their parents can find many options to stimulate imaginations and encourage learning. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)
July 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Summer vacation gives children a break from school, but that does not mean they should stop learning or that summer has to be boring.  

RAND Corporation researchers found elementary school students’ academic performance falls by about a month during the summer.

But continued learning does not mean math worksheets, vocabulary lists and tests. Summer is a great time for children to discover learning is fun and can happen anywhere.

David Young, a flight coordinator with the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University, prepares an unmanned aircraft to fly over test plots at the H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center April 7, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
July 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Precision Agriculture

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Part of understanding any emerging technology is clearing up common misunderstandings about it.

About a year ago, the Mississippi State University Extension Service began developing a new program known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Decision Agriculture and Environmental Management. The program is designed to educate anyone who might use unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, professionally or recreationally.

July 14, 2016 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Professional turfgrass managers can learn about innovations in turfgrass and landscape management strategy during the 2016 Turfgrass Research Field Day Aug. 23.

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