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 Brown cows are lined up in stalls.
June 3, 2022 - Filed Under: Dairy

High input costs and low milk prices have made it hard to be a dairy farmer anywhere in the U.S., but Mississippi producers have it harder than most. Amanda Stone, dairy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the number of dairy farms in the state continues to dwindle.

Adult black fly
June 2, 2022 - Filed Under: Poultry, Insects-Human Pests, Insects

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Increasing buffalo gnat populations are more than a nuisance to central and south Mississippians; they cause measurable, sometimes fatal harm to chickens and livestock.

Swarms of these insects, also known as black flies, are killing backyard chickens and causing headaches for small-scale poultry producers in central and south Mississippi. At about 3 millimeters long, buffalo gnats breed in flowing water, so outbreaks tend to be in areas near rivers or streams.

Beef brisket.
May 20, 2022 - Filed Under: Beef, Beef Publications, Food, Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Beef is an excellent choice to include in a balanced diet. About half of the recommended daily value of protein is in a 3-ounce serving of beef! 

If you’re like me, you probably don’t know the characteristics of each cut of beef. When you’re at the grocery store, you just make the best guess you can and move on with your food shopping.  

Chickens feed inside a fenced enclosure.
April 20, 2022 - Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Poultry

Farm supply stores are full of cute chicks in the spring, and the sight of the fluffy baby birds, combined with future dreams of fresh eggs, prompts many people to impulsively start a backyard flock.

White chickens gather at a feeder.
April 18, 2022 - Filed Under: Youth Poultry, Poultry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Keeping buffalo wings on menus is a supply chain issue that goes all the way back to procedures farm workers follow to protect the health of commercially grown chickens.

Success Stories

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4-H, Leadership, Ambassador Program, Wildlife Youth Education, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Farming, Dairy
Volume 8 Number 1

Mississippi 4-H Introduces New Youth Leadership Positions

Administrators with the Mississippi State University Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development recently announced two new offices for 4-H’ers: president-elect and past president. These new positions will allow the 4-H’ers more training and opportunities, state leaders agree.

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4-H, Leadership, Volunteers, Agriculture, Livestock
Volume 7 Number 3

Since he was featured in the first issue of Extension Matters magazine in 2015, Nic Carter has continued his involvement in 4-H, breeding show pigs and attending the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions when he can.

A man and woman wearing masks hold each side of a banner that reads “2020 Winner $2,500.”
4-H, Agriculture, Livestock, Dairy
Volume 7 Number 2

Full circle

As a farmer for more than 37 years, Dot Fleming understands the law of the harvest. So, when she had the opportunity to channel a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program to the nonprofit of her choice, she immediately chose Calhoun County’s 4-H club. She says she wanted to give back to the program that nurtured her family and that she has supported for years.

A man sits in a chair with his hands on his knees.
4-H Livestock Program, Agriculture, Livestock
Volume 7 Number 2

Investing in the future

Whether it’s in time, resources, hard work, or even patience, investment is at the center of showing livestock.

A teenage girl wearing a cowboy hat stand between her mom and dad, also wearing a cowboy hat, in a stable.
4-H, Youth Horse, Equine
Volume 3 Number 2

4-H builds teen's life skills

On first glance, she seems an ordinary teen, but Oktibbeha County 4-H’er Millie Thompson has an exceptional work ethic, and she’s achieved success at the national level. Everything she does is inspired by Ecclesiastes 9:10, she says.

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ECTO Apps

Filed Under: Livestock
App type: Android
Be more knowledgeable when making livestock purchases and sales. This is a quick and easy decision tool at your fingertips. With just a few bits of information about your livestock you can know the minimum price that will put you in the black (profitable) and keep you out of the red. The Break Even Application will calculate the break even price for livestock given three different break-even scenarios: In Price, Out Price, and Cost of Gain.

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