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

Broadband internet access provides development opportunities for rural areas.

August 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Community, Economic Development, Rural Development

The annual Alabama-Mississippi-Tennessee Rural Tourism Conference will be in Natchez Oct. 21-23.

Man walks beside his bird dog on point in a pasture with a hay barn in the background.
November 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Farming, Rural Development, Wildlife, Wildlife Economics and Enterprises

Mississippi is fortunate to have thousands of acres that are poetically "unpeopled and still." Those portions of our state are prime locations for people who want to escape urban stress and are willing to pay top dollar for the opportunity.

July 18, 2017 - Filed Under: Economic Development, Rural Development, Technology

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Expansion of high-speed internet to rural Mississippi areas is the focus of a new publication from the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Mississippi has the lowest broadband access in the nation, with 36 percent of the state's residents lacking the infrastructure. Roberto Gallardo, an associate Extension professor in the Center for Technology Outreach, said this problem leaves residents of those areas at a disadvantage.

Christa Lee, owner of LoveLee Rolls in Starkville, Mississippi, flours her work surface on Sept. 30, 2016, as she prepares to bake cinnamon rolls for her cottage food business. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
October 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Farmers Markets, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A recipe for cinnamon rolls that she found in college turned into a profitable hobby business and now a cottage industry for Christa Lee and her husband, Tyson.

Their business, LoveLee Rolls, sells pans of baked cinnamon rolls at the Starkville farmers market all summer and by word of mouth the rest of the year.

“We started in July 2014. I was staying home with the baby, and we didn’t really need more money -- just thought it would be a fun hobby,” Christa Lee said. “On the way home from the beach one day, we said, let’s just do it.”

Success Stories

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Community, City and County Government, Disaster Preparedness, Rural Development
Volume 5 Number 2

Jackson Precast Inc. is Mississippi’s only company that specializes in producing architectural precast, DeVoss explains. When the business competes for jobs, out-of-state manufacturers are its main competitors

A blonde young woman wearing a blue lab coat and safety glasses holds a glass dropper up to the camera.
Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Rural Development
Volume 5 Number 2

As a young child, Emily Davis was the victim of a horrific crime, but, with the support of her family and the pediatrician who documented the evidence, Davis became a survivor.

A man wearing a light blue and white striped shirt and blue jeans stands in front of Belmont City Hall.
Community, Public Water System Assistance Program, Rural Development
Volume 5 Number 1

For the last few years, Gary Gasaway and Buddy Wiltshire have been nervous during the winter months. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

A woman wearing a white visor, maroon shirt, jeans, and boots marks a clipboard as five cows and three calves rest under a tree.
About Extension, Beef, Marketing and Business Planning, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 3

See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program. 

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Community, Rural Development, Small Business
Volume 4 Number 3

When retired teacher Billy Tigrett retired for the second time from Walmart, he gave some thought to living off his retirement, social security, and 401K.

He didn’t think about it long.

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