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Mississippi State University research associate Daniel Chesser tests a new pumping unit inside the Mobile Environmental and Energy Lab at Mississippi State University Oct. 29, 2015. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
November 3, 2015 - Filed Under: About Extension, Poultry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- For five years, the Mobile Environmental and Energy Lab has taken the latest developments in poultry production technology on the road.

Mississippi State University researchers recently used funding from the MSU Extension Service to make upgrades to the replicated poultry house on wheels and improve the learning experience for everyone who sees it.

October 21, 2015 - Filed Under: Poultry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Backyard and exhibition poultry owners can take part in an upcoming biosecurity training session designed to reduce the spread of bird flu and other infectious diseases.

This is an image of two mallard ducks flying. Waterfowl can carry various strains of the avian influenza virus. Hunter can help prevent spreading the virus by following recommended precautions.
October 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Poultry, Avian Flu, Wildlife, Waterfowl

It’s that time of year when medical experts recommend we all get flu shots to minimize the chance of influenza causing us to get really sick or, in extreme cases, even die. Believe it or not, wildlife can get the flu, too. 

Greg Walker, director of human resources for Mar-Jac Poultry, left, talks to Tom Tabler, a poultry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, during a bird flu information meeting at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency office in Pearl on Sept. 11, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
September 21, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Poultry, Avian Flu

PEARL, Miss. -- Representatives from the Mississippi poultry industry and state agencies realize that information is key in bird flu preparation, response and recovery if the foreign virus lands in the state this winter.

Dr. Brigid Elchos, deputy state veterinarian for the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, invited communication officers who may be involved in a bird flu outbreak to meet at the Pearl office of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency on Sept. 11.

Mississippi State University researcher John Linhoss set up test heaters at 4, 5 and 6 feet above the litter in poultry houses to calculate the total thermal energy hitting the floor. He used this information to calculate the efficiency of heaters. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
September 18, 2015 - Filed Under: Poultry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When brooding chicks are warm, they grow well in poultry houses, but when heaters are not operating efficiently, it drives up the already high cost of broiler production.

This is the problem John Linhoss, an animal environment specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, took on for his doctoral research. The study was done in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service’s Poultry Research Unit in Starkville.

August 25, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Avian Flu

PEARL, Miss. -- The Mississippi Board of Animal Health will not be alone in the battle to protect the state’s poultry industry from bird flu this winter.

“Now is the time to make sure our response plans are in place to minimize bird losses and economic damage when migratory birds return from infected nesting grounds,” said Dr. Jim Watson, state veterinarian with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.

August 17, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Poultry, Avian Flu

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Almost 200 4-H members are planning to compete in the poultry project during the 2015 Mississippi State Fair in October.

Jessica Wells, a poultry science instructor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said organizers are limiting each exhibitor to visual presentations and just one bird for showmanship.

Poultry raised in backyard flocks, such as this Oktibbeha County chicken on July 25, 2015, will be just as vulnerable as commercial flocks to highly pathogenic avian influenza, also known as bird flu, later this year when migratory waterfowl return from nesting grounds in infected states. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 31, 2015 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Poultry, Avian Flu

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi’s officials seem sure the state is experiencing the calm before the storm as the poultry industry anticipates the arrival of bird flu later this year.

Tom Tabler, poultry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said no new reports of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza have occurred in the United States since June 17. Most 2015 outbreaks occurred in Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states.

Tom Tabler, poultry science professor with the Mississippi State
May 15, 2015 - Filed Under: Poultry, Avian Flu

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi poultry farms remained free of avian influenza as of May 15, and growers are intensifying existing biosecurity measures to keep flocks safe.

Mark Leggett, president of the Mississippi Poultry Association, said growers and companies are working together on biosecurity.

“Whenever possible, integrators and growers are limiting visits to farms and company facilities to reduce traffic onto their property,” Leggett said. “We are all highly motivated to prevent outbreaks in Mississippi.”

Mississippi State University Extension Service poultry specialists Morgan Farnell (left) and Tom Tabler are working with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Health to improve conditions at the Mississippi Department of Corrections poultry facility in Parchman, Mississippi. (MSU Ag Communication 2014 file photo)
February 27, 2015 - Filed Under: Poultry

PARCHMAN, Miss. -- A chicken flock at the state’s largest correctional facility is uniting the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Department of Health and Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey Brown, state medical entomologist with the Mississippi Department of Health, visited the Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, to address a growing fly and mosquito problem. He observed the flight patterns of the flies and determined they were originating from the facility’s egg-producing poultry houses.

The poultry industry kept its No. 1 spot on the annual list of agricultural commodities, with an overall estimated production value of about $3.1 billion, a 6.4 percent increase from 2013. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry

RAYMOND -- Poultry experienced some moderate increases in 2014, grabbing the No.1 spot among Mississippi’s commodities for the 20th straight year.

The industry ended November with a preliminary estimated total production value of $3.1 billion, a 6.4 percent increase from 2013.

Mississippi 2014 Estimated Value of Ag Production
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Catfish, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans, Sweet Potatoes, Agricultural Economics, Forages, Beef, Poultry, Swine, Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, is over $7.7 billion.

Third-graders from Houston Upper Elementary School, including, from left, Jamyrie Davenport, Sedrick Walker and R.J. Utz, pet a baby chicken held by a volunteer at the Mississippi State University Extension Service FARMtastic event at the Mississippi Horse Park near Starkville on Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
November 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry, Children and Parenting
Aimee Buckley, a member of Morgan Moss’s third-grade class at Houston Upper Elementary School, holds a chick at the FARMtastic event at Mississippi State University on Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
November 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry, Children and Parenting
Mississippi State University Extension Service poultry specialist Tom Tabler, left, visits with Winston County poultry grower Tim Hobby on May 8, 2014. Hobby lost 10 broiler houses in the April 28 tornado. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
May 9, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry, Disaster Response

LOUISVILLE – Poultry growers are reeling from the April 28 tornadoes that caused tremendous damage on farms and the loss of more than a million birds in four Mississippi counties.

The Mississippi Board of Animal Health reported that 1,044,800 birds died from the tornadoes or subsequent power outages. Winston, Wayne, Newton and Scott counties reported 58 houses with major damage and 17 houses with minor damage.

These 5-week-old broilers inside a Mississippi State University poultry house on March 27, 2014, are part of Mississippi's poultry industry, valued at $2.9 billion in 2013. Nationally, poultry is projected to expand throughout 2014 and beyond. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
May 9, 2014 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Poultry

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The poultry industry is riding a wave of success, propelling it from a strong 2013 into another year with promises of favorable market prices and lower production costs.

John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several issues will influence poultry profits in 2014.

Okolona poultry grower Joe Ellis, left, watches as Mississippi State University poultry scientists Morgan Farnell, center, and Tom Tabler dig litter samples from the floor of one of his broiler houses on March 6, 2014. MSU researchers are collecting samples from houses across the state to update fertility data. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
March 14, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry

OKOLONA – Okolona poultry grower Joe Ellis did not even want the Mississippi State University Extension Service professor to get out of his vehicle unless he had practical experience raising chickens.

Tom Tabler was new to Mississippi, but he was not new to the challenges poultry growers like Ellis face every day -- and sometimes night.

“I know what it feels like to wake up to alarms going off at 3 in the morning,” said Tabler, the MSU Extension poultry specialist.

February 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry, Waste Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The more than 2,000 chicken growers in Mississippi can now save money on an annual test required to meet federal and state regulations and keep their samples in the state.

The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory has lowered its fee for testing chicken litter to $35 to be more in line with fees charged by labs in neighboring states. Many of the state’s growers have been sending their samples to Louisiana and Arkansas.

Poultry remains Mississippi's No. 1 agricultural commodity, with a preliminary estimated value of $2.7 billion. Broilers brought higher prices in 2013, bumping the industry's overall value by about 10 percent compared to 2012. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications)
December 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Poultry

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Poultry ranked No. 1 among Mississippi’s commodities for the 19th straight year, with a preliminary estimated value of $2.7 billion.

The total estimated value of poultry increased by about 10 percent from 2012. Broilers gained about 10 percent in value. Eggs and chickens saw a gain of 4.5 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, said the rise in values is largely attributed to higher bird prices because production is mostly steady with 2012.

Mississippi 2013 Estimated Value of Ag Production
December 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Catfish, Crops, Agricultural Economics, Forages, Livestock, Poultry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi’s top two agricultural commodities -- poultry and forestry -- maintained their strength in 2013, but most agronomic crop values took a hit from significantly lower prices than those earned in 2012.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said agronomic crop prices were a major drag in the state’s total agricultural commodity value despite good-to-great production levels.

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