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Mike Phillips
December 9, 2015 - Filed Under: Leadership, Food

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two Mississippi State University faculty members are participating in an executive leadership program to gain enhanced management skills and a broader perspective on food systems.

Mike Phillips, head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Mary Beck, head of the Department of Poultry Sciences, began the Food Systems Leadership Institute program in the fall of 2015.

Annette Lockett, left, Thelma Washington and Mary Kohn, members of a newly formed Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers Club in Holmes County, cut out and sew quilt squares as part of a quilt-making project on Nov. 24, 2015. The group donated 67 lap quilts to residents at the Lexington Manor Senior Care facility. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
November 30, 2015 - Filed Under: Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

LEXINGTON, Miss. -- A new Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Club spread some holiday cheer with a set of quilts they made throughout the summer and fall.

On Nov. 24, residents at Lexington Manor Senior Care facility received 67 lap quilts made by the recently formed Holmes County club.

Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Clubs, called MHV clubs, are supported by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide a variety of educational opportunities and services to their communities.

Oktibbeha County Master Gardener Charlie Weatherly pauses July 23, 2015, beside some of flowers growing in the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, which he helped establish at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 24, 2015 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Long before Charlie Weatherly earned the state’s 2015 Master Gardener of the Year honor, his family roots were dug deep into the Mississippi soil.

Although he retired from Mississippi State University in 1997, Weatherly has not strayed far from the land-grant institution’s campus or mission. How could he? As a child, he frequently came to campus with his father, Ernest, who was a county agent for what is now the MSU Extension Service.

July 20, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Young Mississippi 4-H leaders will tour six business cooperatives across the state, honing leadership skills in a July 21-23 conference.

Along with their adult leaders, the group includes 46 4-H Congress first-place winners, state 4-H Ambassadors and state 4-H Council officers. They will tour business cooperatives in Mayhew, Greenwood, Scott and Greenville before returning to Mississippi State University.

Wanda Hall of Mt. Olive hugs Paul O'Neill of Memphis, Tennessee, a veteran of the U.S. Army's 3rd Stryker Brigade on Dec. 12, 2014, in appreciation for his military service. O'Neill is one of nine soldiers who participated in the Hot Coffee Hunts for Heroes and received quilts from the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers of Covington County. (Photo by Robert Lewis)
December 15, 2014 - Filed Under: Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

COLLINS -- Nearly a dozen veterans left south Mississippi with fuller luggage after Covington County quilters surprised them with early Christmas gifts.

Mississippi State University Extension community health coordinator Ann Sansing reviews some of the Master Health Volunteer educational material with Annie Williams at the one-year anniversary celebration of the John Wesley Health Education Center in Durant, Mississippi, on July 25, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
July 31, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Leadership, Food and Health, Health, Colon Cancer Screening

DURANT -- A group project in Holmes County is one small town’s effort to end Mississippi’s national reign as the leader in obesity.

Detra Bishop, pastor of the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Durant, just marked the first anniversary of her church’s Health Education Center. She started the center in March 2013, involving people from other churches and a variety of contributing organizations.

Mississippi State University graduate student Alyssa Barrett hands out moringa seeds to participants of an agricultural education workshop in Ghana. Barrett collected data on the effectiveness of the workshop. (Submitted Photo)
July 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Agriculture, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- People like graduate student Alyssa Barrett are turning the Mississippi State University goal of international outreach into reality.

Barrett, a master’s student in agricultural and Extension education from Wiggins, went to the West African nation of Ghana in March to collect data for her thesis, which is examining the effectiveness of an agricultural education program. In 2013, she traveled to Nigeria to teach the same agricultural program.

Pine Belt Master Gardeners Gerald Good and Margaret Thomas mark the 100th salad table built by the group during a workday in Purvis June 19, 2014. The table will be donated to the University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Sustainability. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
June 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

PURVIS – The Pine Belt Master Gardeners reached a milestone June 19.

The group constructed its 100th salad table, which is designated for donation to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability. It is one of many the group has donated throughout the last year.

When the Pine Belt Master Gardeners built two raised beds for demonstration at the Mississippi State University Lamar County Extension office in 2013, they did not expect the educational project to become so popular.

April 16, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is tuning up its sewing machines as the requests for sewing classes stack up.

“Everything old is new again,” said Sylvia Clark, family and consumer sciences Extension associate. “There is a renewed interest in sewing, in making clothes and items for the home that reflect a personal sense of style and save money.”

Most schools in Mississippi, like those in many other states, no longer offer sewing classes.

Jerry Don Keith, Tishomingo County Master Gardener, right, helps his grandson Brooks Keith select tomato plants from James Tennyson's inventory at Fairless Hardware Co. in Tishomingo on April 3, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
April 7, 2014 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Jerry Don Keith has been gardening for years, but he had the best garden he’s ever grown after he attended the Master Gardener training last spring.

“I knew I had a lot to learn, but I had no idea that the Master Gardeners would cover so much,” Keith said. “It’s not just about vegetable gardening, but trees, weeds, grass and soil. It’s learning what to do in gardens and yards. Sometimes the little things we learn are the most important.”

March 5, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Volunteer leaders displayed their level of commitment to the state’s youth when they spent two days at Mississippi State University training in how to do their jobs even better.

The annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference was held at the MSU Bost Extension Center in Starkville Feb. 28 to March 1. Mississippi 4-H is the youth development program of the MSU Extension Service. About 200 volunteer leaders attended the event.

January 13, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Leadership, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Graduate students across the Southeast studying natural resources sciences can share research and meet potential employers at an upcoming workshop.

The fourth annual Southeastern Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium is set for March 5-7 at the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources.

January 13, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Leadership


MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences will host local community leaders at an informational meeting to gauge interest in its Japan Outreach Initiative.

The meeting will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 in room 210 of the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building on MSU’s Starkville campus.

Helen Coleman, president of the Bolivar County Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, gathers dresses created by her club to send to children in need for the MHV International Project. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
December 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

CLEVELAND -- Little dresses sewn with love in Mississippi make their way to children in need around the world throughout the year as part of the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers’ international project.

At the Bolivar County Extension office, local MHV president Helen Coleman gathered dresses created by her group of about a dozen members and said she expected additional fabric donations.

Michael Newman
October 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Leadership, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two Mississippi State University administrators have been accepted into a two-year leadership development program that will connect them with food systems peers and industry professionals.

Peter Ryan, MSU associate provost, and Michael Newman, professor and director of the MSU School of Human Sciences, will join the national Food Systems Leadership Institute’s fall 2013 class.

Lynn McMahan of Vancleave, 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 on Oct. 1, 2013. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
October 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Master Gardeners know one of the basic principles that university students around the country are discovering: Education is about more than books.

Mississippi’s horticultural educators and volunteers recently returned to campus for the Master Gardener University, hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Like many college students, Master Gardeners take part in a variety of community service projects. The educational volunteers shared these projects along with their accumulated knowledge at the conference.

From left, Ramona Edge, Itawamba County Extension coordinator, and Shelaine Pennington, Prentiss County Extension coordinator, learn how to make a flat pattern Aug. 1 during the annual Master Clothing Volunteers conference at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Extension Center for Technology Outreach/Mariah Smith)
August 9, 2013 - Filed Under: Technology, Family, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A social media workshop recently taught Mississippi’s Master Clothing Volunteers how to reach out to new members through Facebook and Pinterest.

July 9, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some of Mississippi’s top young people will experience the business world through a four-day state tour known as the 2013 4-H Cooperative Business Leadership Conference.

The conference involves the state’s 4-H Leadership Team members and this year’s 4-H Congress first-place, senior-level competition winners. In a July 16-19 bus tour that begins and ends at Mississippi State University, participants will stop along the way at business cooperatives in Mayhew, Meridian, Jackson, Greenville, Scott and Greenwood.

Chris Boyd
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Four representatives of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine will participate in a national program targeting future agricultural leaders.

MSU faculty selected to participate in Leadership Development for the 21st Century: Linking Research, Academics and Extension include

Six 4-H leaders will represent the state at the 2014 National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.. From left are: Belle Failla of Hancock County; Marisa Laudadio of Alcorn County; Mary Kate Gaines of Tate County; Mitchell Young of Oktibbeha County; Timera Rodgers of DeSoto County; and Elsa Schmitz of Pearl River County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
June 3, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Nine teenaged 4-H leaders addressed current issues and shared their passions in hopes of winning a spot on a team representing Mississippi at the national 4-H conference in Washington, D.C.

Selected delegates will spend April 5-10, 2014, working with their peers in round-table discussions to prepare presentations for federal agencies on a variety of topics, such as texting while driving and obesity.

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