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October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Rural Development

Broadband internet access provides development opportunities for rural areas.

October 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

The Mississippi State University Extension Equine-Assisted Therapy program will hold a fundraising event Oct. 12.

October 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Community, Disaster Response

A post-flood recovery meeting on Oct. 22 will help tie up some loose ends with information on agronomic and financial considerations for land that was flooded this year.

A white flower with a red center blooms among green leaves on red stems.
October 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my favorite flowering landscape and garden plants has to be hibiscus, but hibiscus doesn’t refer to only one plant.

A pure white cotton boll opens on a brown stem.
October 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Cotton

Parts of Mississippi’s landscape are turning white, but unlike some northern areas, this coloration is caused by cotton bolls opening for harvest, not snow accumulation.

October 3, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms is collaborating with the Mississippi Farm to School Network to connect producers and school food service directors.

A black butterfly with red and white spots stands on top of a single orange bloom.
September 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I had the opportunity this past weekend to speak at the Butterflies in the Pass Monarch Festival in Pass Christian. The monarch butterfly may be the most recognized and loved insect in the United States.

Two tractors pull harvest carts across a dusty field.
September 27, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Sweet Potatoes

Spring rains created two sweet potato crops in Mississippi, and the later-planted crop is shaping up to be better than the first as harvests get underway.

Yellow and orange flowers bloom above green leaves.
September 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Fall has officially arrived, although temperatures remain summerish. But when the calendar changes, it’s time to start thinking about the cool-season annual colors to be planted and enjoyed during the winter months.

September 19, 2019 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Agri-business

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Plant Diagnostic Lab is offering free nematode testing for all Mississippi-grown soybeans through Aug. 30, 2020.

A red shrimp boat with similar boats behind and beside it.
September 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Fisheries, Marine Resources, Seafood Economics, Seafood Harvesting and Processing

LAPLACE, La. -- Heavy rainfall and snowmelt from the Midwest in 2019 led to three major firsts in the Bonnet Carré Spillway’s history, resulting in a massive influx of fresh water that caused adverse effects on marine life and seafood industries across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

September 17, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agri-business, Forages

Mississippi beef producers are invited to attend the upcoming North Mississippi Beef Expo.

September 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Livestock, Dairy

School groups and families will soon have a chance to tour a dairy farm and learn where their food comes from

A shallow, red, wooden box rises at waist level above a green lawn and is full of orange blooms and lush, green plants.
September 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

How to Build a Salad TableMost of my Southern Gardening columns share tips about great ornamental plants that should be grown in all landscapes and gardens in Mississippi and the entire Southeast. But every once in a while, I like to share ideas for being more successful in your home vegetable garden, because who doesn’t enjoy homegrown veggies?

Flood water covers a field except for an elevated dirt path leading to a house in the background.
September 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Response, Family, Healthy Homes Initiative

South Mississippi Delta residents are in recovery mode after returning to homes that have been under water for nearly six months, but they need materials and assistance as they try to resume their normal lives.

September 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Home gardeners and professional landscapers can tour display gardens and attend educational seminars during an upcoming horticultural show.

The Fall Flower & Garden Fest is set for Oct. 11 and 12 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. The fest runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. The station is located at 2024 Experiment Station Road.

White ends on a piece of red machinery are poised in front of a row of dried, brown corn on a farm with a piece of green farm machinery in the background.
September 13, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn

A difficult planting season followed by heavy rains and drainage issues challenged corn producers, but growers are still expected to produce a good crop despite these tough conditions.

White spots line all sides of a narrow branch seen in the foreground of a tree beside the road.
September 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This weekend while driving in my hometown of Ocean Springs, I looked at the crape myrtles planted in the median all along Highway 90. I noticed that most of the trees had a dark cast to them, even on a bright, sunny morning.

Two catfish with black spots and pink tails in a net.
September 6, 2019 - Filed Under: Catfish, Harvesting, Loading, and Transport, Processing

The challenges Mississippi catfish farmers face in 2019 are many, but growth of one of the state’s eight processing facilities is one positive sign for the industry.

September 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Farming

GULFPORT, Miss. -- Mississippi producers will have an opportunity to learn about the square-foot gardening method and tour an organic garden model on the Gulf Coast.

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host A Garden Tour and Square-Foot Gardening/Intensive Planting Demonstrations Sept. 20 at the 34th Street Wholistic Gardens and Education Center in Gulfport.

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