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February 23, 2018 - Filed Under: Farm Safety

Mississippi farmers are gearing up for the 2018 growing season, which means everyone needs to be prepared to share the road with tractors and other equipment.

Patrick Poindexter, Alcorn County coordinator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said being aware and patient can keep everyone safe.

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February 23, 2018 - Filed Under: Sweet Potatoes

HOUSTON, Miss. -- Sweet potato growers in Mississippi have been part of a growing industry in recent years, but they can do even better if they capitalize on export options.

That was the prevailing message at a recent meeting hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service at the Houston Civic Center Feb. 20.

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February 20, 2018 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Everything Garden Expo, presented by the Oktibbeha County Master Gardeners, will return to the Mississippi Horse Park on March 24 and 25.

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February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture

VERONA, Miss. -- Producers provided a wide range of agricultural research, programming and staffing requests to Mississippi State University officials at the annual North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 15.

Held at the MSU Agri-Center in Verona, the meeting provided producers in 22 of the state’s northern counties from 16 commodity groups an opportunity to meet with representatives from the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

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February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Crops

VERONA, Miss. -- Normie Buehring has plans for the 2018 trial crops at the Northeast Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, and he’s not even going to be there to see their harvest later this year.

February 16, 2018 - Filed Under: Cotton, Soybeans, Weed Control for Crops

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- In response to new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the use of the herbicide dicamba, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is developing two online training courses to help cotton and soybean farmers follow the new rules.

February 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Irrigation

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Agricultural professionals, educators and service providers are invited to attend a training session on irrigation, water management and related technologies.

Two identical sessions will be offered. The first is March 6 at the Small Farm Training Center in Carriere. The second is March 7 at Jumpertown High School in Booneville.

Topics include production of specialty crops on small farms and application of federally funded cost-share programs and technical assistance for small farms.

February 15, 2018 - Filed Under: Forages, Goats and Sheep

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Those interested in running a sheep or goat operation can learn management and marketing techniques at a March 17 workshop at Mississippi State University.

Register now for the Small Ruminant Production Workshop that runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is offered by the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

February 13, 2018 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics

STONEVILLE, Miss. -- Row-crop producers have two opportunities to develop risk management skills to use on their farms.

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February 9, 2018 - Filed Under: Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's critical need for medical professionals is the reason for a special summer program hosted at Mississippi State University.

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February 9, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock

Tyler Branch has been showing goats since he was 8 years old, and all his years of hard work really paid off this week.

February 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

BILOXI, Miss. -- Southern Gardening media products of the Mississippi State University Extension Service once again brought home top honors in competition.

February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Tomato Pepper and Eggplant

Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 28th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7.

February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Nutrition, SNAP-Ed

The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently launched a social marketing campaign, HappyHealthy, to help Mississippians improve their health while maintaining their traditions surrounding food.

February 5, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A renowned professor of African history will kick off a new Mississippi State Trial Garden storytelling series this month.
Mohammed Bashir Salau will present “The Story of African Crops in American Gardens” at the Bost Conference Center at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

February 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Community, Technology

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service instructor has earned an Impact Collaborative Facilitator certificate from the eXtension Foundation.

February 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The 2018 annual agricultural producer advisory meetings kick off in February as Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel report on current projects and listen to producer needs.

Four people pose for a photo with the award presented to the Mississippi State University Extension Service for its support of the Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Project.
February 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Forages, Grasses, Management - Forages, Natural Resources, Environment

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently received a national award from Keep America Beautiful for its role in the Wildflower Trails of Mississippi Project.

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February 1, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Individuals interested in floral design can attend a live demonstration to learn about new arrangement techniques using Mississippi products March 8.
Jim DelPrince, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will show attendees how to use materials from their landscapes to create arrangements in Mississippi-made pottery.

January 29, 2018 - Filed Under: Local Flavor, City and County Government

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering a financial workshop to entrepreneurs and community leaders working with food or food-related initiatives.

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