Farm Blog Posts

A mixture of rice, apples, raisins and almonds is displayed in a colorful bowl.
December 13, 2017 - Filed Under: Rice, Food, Nutrition

Looking for something a little different for your holiday menu this year?

Consider adding Orange Wild Rice with Raisins and Apples to your lineup. Apples, raisins and orange juice add some sweetness to the savory rice, and the almonds give it a bit of added texture. Leaving out the parsley will allow more of the fruity notes to come through.

The FARMtastic logo depicts a red barn with a brown wooden fence and features a tan horse, a white and brown cow, a pink pig with gray spots, a corn plant on the left of the fence and a wheat plant on the right.
December 8, 2017 - Filed Under: 4-H, Agriculture, FARMtastic

Looking in from the outside, FARMtastic appears to function like a well-oiled machine. Delighted children move in a choreographed dance from station to station to learn where their food, fiber and fuel comes from.

 

A cotton baler drops a yellow-wrapped, round cotton bale in a cotton field.
October 20, 2017 - Filed Under: Cotton

On one of my first visits to Mississippi, I bought a postcard featuring the iconic “Ski Mississippi” image of someone decked out in winter wear in the middle of a field of white that was obviously not snow.

US Rice Infographic showing 10 reasons to eat rice grown in the USA
September 5, 2017 - Filed Under: Rice, Food

If you love buying locally grown foods, you have multiple options for supporting Mississippi rice growers!

Rows of corn in a field.
September 1, 2017 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Corn

All sorts of crops are being harvested this time of year! This past week on social media, we saw a lot of pictures and video of the corn harvest in particular. Why is corn so important to Mississippi? One word: Ka-ching! In 2016, the state’s corn had a $436 million value of production. 

In fact, corn is one of the most versatile crops. It can be used in food products, animal feed, industrial products and more! 

Six Master Gardeners pose in a rose garden after weeding it
August 25, 2017 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

We've all been there. All of a sudden one of the plants in your landscape starts to die for no apparent reason. Or maybe a worm appears out of nowhere on a quest to eat all foliage in sight. Maybe you want to try your hand growing a garden but don't know where to start. Wouldn't it be great if there was a superhero gardening team that could swoop in and answer all of your questions? Well, there is! Extension's Master Gardener program is full of volunteers who are equipped with horticultural information based on university research and recommendations. 

August 23, 2017 - Filed Under: Catfish, Food

U.S. farm-raised catfish is the star of August, National Catfish Month. Contrary to popular belief, deep-frying is not the only way to cook it – just the most familiar.

But who wants to deal with the heat and mess when you can get a healthier meal with less effort? Not me!

Here are some tips and recipes for tasty catfish without the hassle and calories of frying!

goat playfully stands on little boys back as other members of the herd surround them
August 18, 2017 - Filed Under: Goats and Sheep

Many people dream of having a hobby farm or homestead with a few animals, and goats, lambs and sheep are some of the most popular to start with because they are smaller and easier to handle than cattle. Plus, you need less space! But all animals need proper care, no matter their size.

man standing in a motorboat using a large fishing net to catch catfish against an orange sunrise
August 10, 2017 - Filed Under: Catfish

We hear all the time that people don’t know where their food comes from. In our work, we often get a front-row seat for the entire scope of food production, from planting to harvest.

Our photographer, Kevin Hudson, travels the state capturing images of people involved in agriculture, natural resources, and more. He shared a few recent photos from a shoot in Noxubee County where he documented the catfish harvesting process.

 

 

 

About Extension for Real Life

Extension for Real Life is a product of the MSU Extension Service’s Office of Agricultural Communications.

That’s a long way of saying we are professional communicators who get to talk about food, families, 4-H, flowers, and farming for a living. Pretty good gig, right?

The three main writers for the blog are Ellen Graves (Seamstress of Social Media Strategy), Susan Collins-Smith (Content Connector) and Keri Lewis (Captain Cat Herder). But we get by with a lot of help from our friends in Ag Comm and Extension!

You can reach us at 662-325-2262 or extreallife@msstate.edu

Recent Posts

The green leaves of an oak tree create a canopy overhead while the thick, rough brown bark covering the leaves and branches dominates the right side of the photograph.

Hardwood trees, such as this oak, thrive in many parts of Mississippi. The state celebrates Arbor Day Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Free trees for Arbor Day!
Graphic with five tips for staying healthy during winter

Graphic by: Kim Trimm

 

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Close-up of a young leafy green vegetable plant growing in a salad table with other herbs and marigolds.

Salad tables are perfect for growing shallow-rooted vegetables and herbs in a small space. The elevated tables also can make gardening easier for people who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility.

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