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March 21, 2019 - Filed Under: Cotton

A Mississippi State cotton agronomist is the new head of the university’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Darrin Dodds, a 12-year veteran of the department, takes the helm April 1.

Dr. Gary Bachman
March 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

BILOXI, Miss. -- Southern Gardening host and columnist Gary Bachman earned a 2019 Great American Gardener Award from the American Horticultural Society.

Bachman is a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service working from the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. He received the American  Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communications Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication through print, radio, television or online media with the goal of advancing public interest and participation in horticulture.

An overcast sky is reflected in water standing over and between the rows of a muddy field.
March 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Corn, Soils, Disaster Recovery

Recent rainfall in north Mississippi has flooded many areas and made much Delta farmland unworkable as the time approaches for planting and other traditional tasks.

A golden retriever scratches fleas on green grass.
March 12, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Pets, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects-Pests

Peak flea season is in the spring and summer, but in warmer areas like the South, successful flea control is a yearlong battle. (Photo by CanStock)

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March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture students at Mississippi State University are involved in a win-win situation with the underserved community of Africatown in Mobile, Alabama.

A large tree looms over a white house and a brick patio area.
March 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Smart Landscapes

A smart landscape can play a key role in efficiently heating and cooling homes while reducing energy costs.

March 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming, Forages, Livestock, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Wildlife

Central Mississippi agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education priorities at the 2019 Producer Advisory Council meeting on Feb. 20.

February 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Crops, Pesticide Applicator Certification

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Dicamba Applicator Training required for individuals who plan to apply dicamba herbicide products in Xtend cropping systems has been opened online and scheduled at several sites in the Delta and north Mississippi.

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February 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Agricultural commodity groups meet annually with research and Extension personnel to convey needs and hear updates.

Three men stand beside a white sign on a cloudless day. The sign reads “Delta Research & Extension Center, West Farm, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University.”
February 20, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Water Quality

 A new research center in the Mississippi Delta is tasked with studying agricultural water management to protect this critical natural resource.

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February 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Preparedness, Family, Family Financial Management, Basic Money Management, Disaster Relief

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Movies depict many scenarios where a person has to leave home quickly, and those scenes show how important it is to grab the right items.

Susan Cosgrove, family resource management Extension associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cash and financial records should be high on the list of items to take in an emergency.

February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Commercial pecan growers can learn about orchard establishment and management during the 2019 Pecan Education Workshop March 20 in Raymond.

A teenage girl holds the halter on the face of her muscular, white steer as she and a tall man standing behind them look at the photographer.
February 8, 2019 - Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Volunteers, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Livestock

 The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.

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February 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, Economic Development, Small Business

Almost 10 percent of Mississippi’s $11 billion in annual exports are agricultural products, and Mississippi State University Extension Service experts are working to see that amount increase.

One teenager clasps both of her hands to press on a training manikin’s chest, while another female student holds a ventilator mask over its face. A nurse in the background watches a large wall-mounted monitor.
January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Rural Health

A summer program application process is underway for high school juniors looking for a jump-start on college and exposure to careers in medicine and science.

January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Beginning Forestry, Timber Harvest

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites private landowners to a workshop to learn about the benefits prescribed burns provide for wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burning workshop will be held at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Crawford, Mississippi, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 31, 2019 - Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative

Human health in the home is the focus of a new partnership between the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi University for Women College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Two middle-school-aged girls and a middle-aged male teacher look on at another girl poking a hole in the side of a black tray for a science project.
January 25, 2019 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

Growing food on Earth is challenging enough, but two Armstrong Middle School robotics teams are exploring the cultivation of leafy greens in space.

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January 23, 2019 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

Farms profit margins vary as input costs rise and market prices fluctuate, making every expense significant.

January 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The first in a series of webinars designed to prevent opioid misuse in the agricultural community and improve treatment for pain is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Talking to Farmers About Their Pain, a one-hour program delivered via the web, addresses the occupational sources of chronic pain that producers deal with as a result of farming-related accidents, surgeries or strain from repetitive movements. Designed for health care professionals, the module focuses on how to improve communication between medical care providers and patients about occupational pain.

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