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A pecan tree orchard with an irrigation system.
November 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite the weather challenges this year, most Mississippi pecan producers expect a good yield.

However, a wet spring and late-summer drought could mean nut loss and lessened nut quality for some growers.

November 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Water Practices, Water Quality

Thirty-five percent of Mississippi’s private drinking wells test positive for bacteria, which makes testing and remediation key health issues for the state.

A man kneeling in tall grass picks up a tire out of water.
November 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Environment

BILOXI, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites volunteers to participate in the rescheduled 2019 annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup Nov. 16.

Volunteers will remove litter from 30 sites across Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties beginning at 8 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided after the cleanup ends at 11 a.m.

October 30, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Landscape and Garden Design

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. -- An upcoming workshop will offer training for people who want to turn their piece of land into an edible landscape, no matter the size.

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms will host its monthly workshop Nov. 8 at Galloway Family Farm in Ocean Springs.

Topics will include growing an edible landscape and square-foot gardening.

Galloway Family Farm has been in operation for more than 50 years, growing crops usually only seen on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi, including pawpaws, Japanese plums, bananas and kiwis.

Several spidery, red blooms rise on slender stems above a grassy background.
October 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I love the autumn season because we’re starting to recover from Mississippi’s hot and humid summer with cooler weather. Not only do gardeners appreciate the season change, but so do many of our landscape plants.

October 24, 2019 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests

Jerome Goddard received the Felix J. Underwood Award from the Mississippi Public Health Association at its 82nd annual conference.

Flowery grasses glow pink as they are backlit by the sun.
October 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

If there is a showier plant in the fall than our Mississippi native Gulf muhly grass, I don’t know what it is. Since it is a native, it was not bred for any particular characteristic but struts its stuff naturally.

Four men in business suits talking to each other and laughing.
October 21, 2019 - Filed Under: About TCALP, TCALP Class News, TCALP Class Notes, Program Alumni

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Noble Guedon’s last act as a participant in the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program was to challenge members of the incoming class.

“You need to view this as a development opportunity to make yourselves better leaders in your communities and in your industry,” he said. “Make sure when you go to all these seminars, make sure you build a network and get to know the people you visit.”

A man wearing hunting gear displays a deer he harvested with a bow and arrow.
October 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Wildlife, Chronic Wasting Disease

For many of you, chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is old hat and you’re tired of hearing about it. I understand.

A combine moves through a field, pouring harvested grain into a tractor driving alongside.
October 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Soybeans

Producers are tracing the mixed results they see from the 2019 Mississippi soybean harvest back to early struggles getting the crop started.

October 16, 2019 - Filed Under: Community

Community organizations are encouraged to participate in an upcoming community training forum on racial understanding Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Man wearing a cowboy hat standing against a fence in front of a field with cows grazing.
October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Beef

For the first 15 years of their marriage, Ted and Janet Parker lived off one income. She made the living, and nearly every penny he made as a beef cattle farmer went right back into growing their farm.

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October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative, Rural Health

Most Mississippians think of drug addiction as an issue other people face in faraway places, but the source of this problem could be as close as the family medicine cabinet.

October 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness

Ryan Akers recently graduated from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

More than a dozen purple blooms stand above feathery green foliage.
October 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We have finally gotten some cool, fall weather, and it’s time to start planting our cool-season color, but sometimes we need to enjoy the summer color that’s getting its second wind.

October 10, 2019 - Filed Under: Environment, Water Quality

Landowners and conservation professionals can learn about pastureland conservation practices during an Oct. 25 farm tour.

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Design and Management, Smart Landscapes

The annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Symposium at Mississippi State University allows home gardeners and landscape professionals to learn from experts in their fields as they gather ideas for better landscapes.

October 9, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting three training sessions designed to help Mississippi producers understand the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill.

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

Broadband internet access provides development opportunities for rural areas.

October 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Family, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

The Mississippi State University Extension Equine-Assisted Therapy program will hold a fundraising event Oct. 12.

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