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January 8, 2021 - Filed Under: MSU Extension Head Start, Coronavirus

The Mississippi State University Extension Service Head Start Program in Harrison County is proving resilient in safely living up to its mission of easing the transition to school for families with young children.

January 6, 2021 - Filed Under: The PROMISE Initiative

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Researchers from the Mississippi State University Extension Service are looking to collect row-crop farmers’ feedback on stress related to farming.

The focus group sessions are part of the MSU Extension opioid prevention campaign PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast, or the PROMISE Initiative.

Participation involves answering a series of questions about farming, stress related to farming and the opioid epidemic. If a row-crop farmer agrees to participate in a focus group, the total time commitment will be two hours.

January 5, 2021 - Filed Under: Water, Sip Safe

The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites child care centers in 14 Mississippi counties to volunteer for a free water-testing program.

The Sip Safe program, funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, is working to reduce lead exposure in children ages birth to 5 years by screening water in qualifying schools and child care facilities. The initial recruitment phase is focused on child care centers in select counties.

January 5, 2021 - Filed Under: 4-H, About Extension

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is launching a new Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development to grow the next generation of leaders. This name change leverages current funding and restructuring of existing positions to allow for greater support and service to Mississippi’s young people. 4-H provides nonformal youth development education across the state for 8- to 18-year-olds through programs delivered locally by Extension agents and registered 4-H adult volunteers.

December 18, 2020 - Filed Under: 4-H, Extension Administration, Extension Administrative Council, Extension Leadership Council

Longtime Mississippi State University Extension Service administrator and MSU Extension professor Paula Threadgill announced her retirement effective Dec. 31, 2020.

Four panels display a chicken, a cotton boll, a timber stand and a dried soybean plant.
December 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Coronavirus

Mississippi farmers generated an estimated agricultural value of $7.35 billion in 2020, a 5% increase from 2019 that saw soybeans top forestry for the No. 2 spot behind poultry.

Four panels display a chicken, a cotton boll, a timber stand and a dried soybean plant.
December 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics

Mississippi farmers generated an estimated agricultural value of $7.35 billion in 2020, a 5% increase from 2019 saw soybeans top forestry for the No. 2 spot behind poultry.

Several eggs sit in a bowl on a kitchen counter.
December 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Livestock, Poultry

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Despite multiple challenges in 2020, Mississippi’s poultry industry retained its first-place position among the state’s agricultural commodities. It topped the list with an estimated total production value of $2.16 billion.

That figure is down 16.1% from 2019. Final figures will be available in April.

Logging tongs bundle timber.
December 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Economics

Mississippi’s timber industry was not excused from market volatility due to COVID-19 this year, but its final value should land just short of where it was at the end of 2019.

Closeup of herbs and spices on a cutting board.
December 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Health, Nutrition

Many of the foods enjoyed during the holiday season include herbs and spices, which have known health benefits. Just like fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices contain antioxidants, or properties that may protect cells from damage.

Four glass containers with plastic lids contain food leftovers.
December 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Food Safety, Coronavirus

While Thanksgiving is an obvious food holiday, Christmas also brings numerous opportunities to celebrate with food, and every one of these should be done with care to keep guests healthy.

Byron Williams, state food processing specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said safety is always a concern any time food is prepared, but it can become a bigger issue when there are lots of leftovers.

December 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Green Industry

The long-standing annual update on Mississippi State University research in ornamental horticulture is going virtual this year with a Dec. 17 webinar.

December 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Food and Health, Health, Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist has been elected to the National Board of Public Health Examiners board of directors.

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November 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Wood Products, Wood Utilization

Old wood’s depth of beauty has made it popular in remodeling and new construction, but this type of wood presents some unique challenges that need addressing.

November 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Water, Rural Water Association

A Mississippi State University Extension Service water quality specialist has been named 2020 chair of a regional professional and trade association.

Closeup of pecans on the tree.
November 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Nuts

Despite weather challenges combined with a decreased production year for most pecan varieties, Mississippi’s 2020 crop will be decent.

November 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Community, Economic Development, Technology

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With the right resources and partnerships, now is not too late for aspiring entrepreneurs to StartUp their small businesses in 2020.

StartUp is a series of online courses designed to provide the education and training needed to start a business in 30 days. To access the free virtual sessions, participants need about three hours a week and a smartphone, tablet or computer. Faculty and staff with Mississippi State University Extension will host the seminars beginning Nov. 30.

A woman leans over a bush growing in a bed outside a house.
October 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

Staying active and socially involved is not hard during a pandemic when favorite pastimes include outdoor activities and individual hobbies.

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October 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Community, Voter and Election Information, Health, Coronavirus

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippians voting in person on Election Day will notice extra precautions in place to ensure the safety of polling locations.

From inside a tent, cars can be seen lined up on the street.
October 28, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Family, Coronavirus

It should come as no surprise that 2020 holiday gatherings will have a new element of health safety that impacts every part of the festivities and requires planning.

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