Inside Scoop Blog Posts

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

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.


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A diverse group of youth displaying 4-H signs.

October 3, 2017

Ready “to make the best better”? October 1 is the official start of the 4-H year!*

*If you don’t know what 4-H is, start here, with 4-H Wants You!

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Ellen Graves, Susan Collins-Smith, and Keri Lewis (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

August 9, 2017

Welcome to Extension for Real Life, a new blog from the Mississippi State University Extension Service! We want to provide up-to-the-minute news, helpful tips, and fun facts. Stuff that is good to know, nice to know, fun to know, or that you need to know. 

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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

Recent Posts

A piece of hardware cloth encircles a small, layered pile of organic waste.

You don’t have to have a fancy enclosure to compost your organic waste. Inexpensive hardware cloth can be used to enclose a small, layered pile. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)

Go Green: How to Start a Compost Pile
A medical doctor holds a vile of medication and talks to a young man in the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program.

Tyler Wilson, right, shadowed Dr. Steven Brandon during the 2016 Rural Medical and Science Scholars program. Participants in the program also receive college credit for two pre-med courses, visit various medical facilities, participate in lab-based hands-on learning activities and take part in a communications and study skills workshop. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Explore Healthcare and Science Careers with Extension Program
A green smoothie fills a tall clear drinking glass and has a red and white striped straw in it.

A green smoothie made with spinach, fruit juices, frozen banana, and yogurt is a healthy way to start the day. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

Go Green: How to Make a Green Smoothie