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Five people stand around a brown horse in a dirt paddock. One person has her hands on the horse as she listens to its side with a stethoscope. Two women are holding notepads and listening.
April 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Youth Horse, Equine

Horsemanship clinics, camps and competitions are uniting young horse enthusiasts with mature, experienced riders across the state as interest booms in the sometimes athletic and always fun equine activities.

A man in work clothes, baseball cap and wading boots stands in water outside his boat holding a paddle.
April 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, Farming, Community, Disaster Response

Near a bridge that connects Issaquena and Sharkey counties, Waye Windham leaned toward the side of his boat and dipped a paddle down into flood water to gauge its depth.

The water was too deep for the paddle to reach the ground. Riding with Windham was Lacey Little, who tried a much longer wooden post.

April 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Landscape Architecture

The public can gain greater appreciation for one of Mississippi’s cultural treasures during a unique exhibition.

A tiger swallowtail butterfly rests on a cluster of pink blooms rising above green leaves.
April 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I'm sticking with the butterfly garden theme again this week as I tell you about another must-have plant that I'm positive will not disappoint. Pentas are some of the best annual, summer-color plants, and they act like a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds because the flowers are a rich source of nectar.

Seven people with garden shovels add grassy plants to a shoreline with large concrete bricks forming a long narrow formation in the water just off the shore.
April 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Marine Resources

Mississippi residents who live near the water often consider ways to protect shorelines from erosion. Construction of living shorelines is a popular technique, but it can be hard to find qualified contractors to build these structures.

Flanked by two men, a smiling woman holds a plaque next to a free-standing banner sign with photos.
April 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Nutrition, EFNEP

Tabitha McRunnels' career spent teaching young children evolved into one devoted to teaching mothers how to feed their kids nutritious meals on limited funds.

McRunnels is a nutrition educator with the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program -- or EFNEP -- in Lee County. She is part of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which administers EFNEP through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

April 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Nutrition, EFNEP

A nationwide community program that helps limited-resource families learn how to eat healthy and live an active life is celebrating 50 years of nutrition education to Mississippians in 2019.

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program -- or EFNEP -- is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

April 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming, Livestock

Challenges facing new farmers and ranchers will be the focus of a field day at the Mississippi State University Beaumont Horticultural Unit.

April 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Forages, Goats and Sheep, Small Animals

Researchers and Extension specialists from across the Southeast will help goat and sheep producers expand their knowledge on various aspects of the industry during a workshop on small ruminant production.

April 2, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Forages, Livestock, Local Flavor, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Marine Resources

Coastal area agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University researchers and Extension Service agents to discuss the research and education they need from the university in 2019. 

Small, orange flower petals cluster together on top of stems and leaves.
April 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

There's still plenty of time to plant some butterfly weed in your home garden and enjoy colorful Monarch butterflies as they visit this summer.

Small pile containing a rubber glove, an empty plastic bottle and two aluminum cans on wet sand.
March 29, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment

Marine debris is a growing problem, but the solution is staring at us in the mirror.

Two men in beekeeping attire examine bee hive boxes.
March 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Beekeeping

The number of people in Mississippi taking up beekeeping as a hobby is growing, and commercial-scale production is holding steady -- for now.

A man in a gardening hat stands and talks to three adults, with several others milling about in the background.
March 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Thank goodness spring has arrived!

After what seems to be an eternity, I finally had a chance to do some much-needed work in my landscape and garden. The pleasant weather we’ve had only adds to my enthusiasm.

March 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Natural Resources

Landowners will receive insights into oil and gas lease issues during daylong educational events April 30 in Oktibbeha County.

Man holding a clipboard looks at camera while standing in a wooded area beside a tree with orange ribbons tied around the trunk at shoulder height.
March 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Urban and Community Forestry

American sycamores can grow to be large and stately with mottled bark of white and green and huge, shallow-lobed leaves. Their wood has a number of uses, including furniture, boxes, crates, paper and butcher blocks (because of its hardness). Sycamores are also widely used as ornamental trees throughout the East, South and Midwest.

March 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

A Mississippi State cotton agronomist is the new head of the university's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Darrin Dodds, a 12-year veteran of the department, takes the helm April 1.

Dr. Gary Bachman
March 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Southern Gardening host and columnist Gary Bachman earned a 2019 Great American Gardener Award from the American Horticultural Society. Bachman is a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service working from the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He received the American  Horticultural Society's B.Y. Morrison Communications Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication through print, radio, television or online media with the goal of advancing public interest and participation in horticulture.

A mostly red tomato is shaped almost like the letter “U.”
March 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Many folks have been waiting for this moment - the day it's warm enough and past the main threat of frost to become tomato planting time.

A man in a conservation officer uniform stands looking down at a large bird held under his arm.
March 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Wildlife

Mississippi turkey hunters should reflect on the wild turkey's history in our great state and never take this majestic bird for granted. Historically, Mississippi's landscape was rich with wild turkeys. Writings from early explorers, and naturalists who came later, suggest turkeys were plentiful throughout much of the state. However, by the early 1900s, Mississippi's wild turkey population was in serious decline.

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