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Frozen foods sit in the freezer.
April 7, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

As families limit trips to the grocery store, they can use their freezers to preserve more than just meat, fruits and vegetables.

Dairy products and eggs also can be frozen.

A young mother grabs her head in frustration while working from home on a laptop computer as her baby looks on.
April 7, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics, Coronavirus

When it feels like every aspect of life is changing daily because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the calmest person can be overwhelmed.

Working from home can be a big source of stress, as balancing family and job responsibilities is intensified by social distancing and other protective measures.

Purple and green plants grow from a rectangular, green container on the ground.
April 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens

As we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve read that our eating habits are changing. The options for eating out have been limited as we practice social distancing.

This is the perfect opportunity for gardeners of all abilities to grow vegetable gardens.

April 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Crops, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Agricultural economists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service will present an online webinar on the economic outlook of row crops in 2020.

Growers seeking insight on the effect of COVID-19 on commodity markets can remotely attend the workshop through the Zoom video conferencing application. 

Faculty with the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics will provide insight on farm management and policy considerations to help producers make informed planting decisions during this time.

A woman uses a hoe to tend a flower bed.
April 3, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Coronavirus, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Interest in gardening has nearly kept pace with social distancing and self-isolation rates across the country as the COVID-19 pandemic has circled the globe.

One hand holds a phone while the other hand wipes the screen with a small cloth.
April 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Coronavirus

Unless they are carefully cleaned, phones and handheld devices now carry a greater risk than enabling users to waste time: virus transmission.

Graphic showing 2020 planting intentions
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Rice, Soybeans, Forages, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Weather always plays a role in the spring planting decisions of Mississippi row-crop producers, but the market impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is another variable they will have to consider in 2020.

Woman points at computer screen.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Marketing and Business Planning, Small Business, Technology, Coronavirus

Thanks to technology, meetings still can be held face-to-face while practicing social distancing, and some tips from the pros can help make the transition easier.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach has provided technological support for remote learning for more than 20 years. Advances in technology make it faster, easier and possible from home.

Three bags of frozen vegetables sit on a counter.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As workplaces implement social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some Mississippians face the frightening reality of lost or reduced income.

Many families will need to stretch their budgets a little more, and cooking at home can help.

Tiny, purple eggplants grow on a vine.
March 30, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of people are working and sheltering at home. Although no one even heard of it a year ago, social distancing is a crucial step in reducing the transmission of this very contagious and dangerous virus.

Gardening is the perfect social distancing activity.

Cabin fever can set in with everyone trying to stay home, and some people may think this cure may be worse than the disease. It is definitely not, and gardening can help make it enjoyable.

A white chicken sits on the ground in a poultry house.
March 30, 2020 - Filed Under: Poultry, Coronavirus

The strict biosecurity measures already practiced in Mississippi’s $2.7 billion poultry industry allow this “essential critical infrastructure workforce” to continue business as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 - Filed Under: About Extension, County Extension Offices, Poultry, Coronavirus, Forestry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Necessary restrictions on travel and gatherings are affecting how the Mississippi State University Extension Service operates, but its ability to respond to the needs of its clients, the public and state agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic continues uninterrupted.

Extension’s roles during crises are many: emergency management, local level assistance, support for the state’s agricultural industry, and dissemination of public information and education.

A woman reaches for a plant on an outdoor shelving unit.
March 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Coronavirus

Mississippi State University Extension experts join the chorus of voices urging all people to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying this is crucial for older adults.

A bowl of various fruits
March 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. – As people reduce trips to the grocery store to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, older adults should pay special attention to what they put in their pantries. 

“As we age, we don’t need as many calories, but we still need the same amount of nutrients or more of certain nutrients,” said Qula Madkin, an Extension instructor of nutrition in the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. “Maintaining a nutritious diet helps our body systems work properly, including our immune system.”

A carpet of tiny green and purple plants fill garden trays.
March 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

With much of our workforce telecommuting from home and with school suspended or cancelled for the kids, cabin fever has already become an issue for many households.

March 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Livestock, Cattle Business in Mississippi Articles, Coronavirus

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host a free webinar to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on cattle markets March 26 at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Agricultural economists Josh Maples of MSU and Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University Extension will discuss the current situation and answer questions submitted by participants.

A child uses a colored pencil to write on a sheet of paper.
March 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics, Coronavirus

COVID-19 turned millions of families into homeschoolers who suddenly must decide how to structure learning for their students.

A group of smiling graduates pose in caps and gowns.
March 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics

The Class of 2020, born in the shadow of 9/11 and graduating with traditional senior activities marred by COVID-19, will know without a doubt that life events can be unexpected.

A close-up of a dish of Quick Taco-Mac.
March 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety, Coronavirus, Nutrition

As cases of COVID-19 grow around the country, many families are practicing social distancing to protect themselves and others.

This likely means people will be making fewer trips to the grocery store, cooking at home and using their freezers.

March 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting COVID-19, and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine recommends that animal owners consult the American Veterinary Medical Association to get the facts.

Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of the college, encouraged animal owners to consider AVMA guidelines as their primary resource on vaccines and animal illnesses related to COVID-19 and refrain from sharing misinformation circulating through social media and other unofficial sources.

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