December 15, 2017

Snow covers a split-rail fence and trees near Mount Locust on the Natchez Trace in Jefferson County, Mississippi on Dec. 8, 2017.

The wintery weather last week caught us off guard! Several of our Ag Communications team members were on the road . . . including our photographer Kevin Hudson. On his way home he captured this beautiful scene.

We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season. Our offices will be closed from Dec. 21 to January 2, 2018.

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A group of people stand beside a magnolia tree outside preparing to plant it as a way to honor Mississippi's bicentennial.

From the Field: Mississippi's Bicentennial

November 2, 2017

Did you know 2017 is the year Mississippi celebrates its bicentennial? That’s right—The state is 200 years old! You only turn 200 once, so MSU Extension wanted to do something to celebrate!
 
Since the state tree is a magnolia, we thought it would be great to encourage our Master Gardener clubs to plant one in their communities as a way to honor the bicentennial.

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Close-up of a fall decorative basket with pine cones, pumpkins, gourds and artificial flowers and grasses.

How to Make a Fall Decorative Basket

October 31, 2017

If you want to freshen up your fall décor or add a new piece to the mix, this project is for you. Our MSU Extension Service floral specialist Jim DelPrince shows you how to make an easy and pretty basket to hang on a wall or door.

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Two women stand while holding award plaques at the Mississippi Forestry Association annual meeting.

From the Field: To the Forest

October 26, 2017

We are excited to shine a spotlight on the Mississippi Forestry Association! They just concluded their annual meeting in Biloxi. Hurricane Nate almost interrupted, but the event was pulled off without a hitch!

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a thumbs up symbol for remembering to say thank you while trick or treating.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

October 23, 2017

Halloween brings back all kinds of memories from my childhood. From uncomfortable masks to itchy, thick face paint, not all of my brilliant costumes turned out as well as I had imagined. When I got too old to go out, I loved to answer the door and ask the kids to demonstrate skills related to their costume. 

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A cotton baler drops a yellow-wrapped, round cotton bale in a cotton field.

From the Field: Southern Snow, or Cotton in the Delta

October 20, 2017

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.

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Sage green, bright orange, and golden Cinderella pumpkins line a hay-covered walkway at a pumpkin patch.

Which pumpkins are best for eating?

October 17, 2017

Most of the time I consider myself a person who exercises self-control. But take me to the pumpkin patch and I lose all reason. So many colors, shapes, and textures! Tiny pumpkins! HUGE pumpkins! I don’t want just one of each, I want multiples of everything available.

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A young girl stands beside a cow at the Mississippi State Fair.

From the Field: Mississippi State Fair

October 12, 2017

You see the Ferris wheel lit up, you smell the funnel cakes and you hear barn animal sounds….That’s right! It’s the Mississippi State Fair! Many 4-H’ers from across the state travel to Jackson for a chance to compete in the show ring. We wanted to share some of our favorite pictures from this past weekend!

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Plastic debris is seen in an open black trash bag sitting on the beach at the 2016 Mississippi Coastal Cleanup.

Three ways to help keep our coasts clean

October 10, 2017

How much trash does your family generate? How much of that trash is single-use plastic, like water bottles and food packaging?

You might be surprised to know that much of that plastic ends up littering our waterways, beaches and oceans. In fact, the No. 1 item polluting these areas is plastic.

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Two women who attended the Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon pictured with speaker Molly May.

From the Field: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 5, 2017

When October comes around, you not only see the usual fall decorations but also the color pink! From athletes to electrical power linemen, people don the color pink to raise awareness of breast cancer—a disease that is diagnosed in one out of eight women.

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A diverse group of youth displaying 4-H signs.

So you want to join 4-H

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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