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March 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Nutrition, Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Seven states with the country’s highest obesity rates are in the South, but this issue that causes health problems such as diabetes and heart conditions cannot be blamed simply on Southern roots.

A study by the Southern Rural Development Center headquartered at Mississippi State University found that simply living in a region does not lead to obesity. In “The South Does Not Make You Fat: A study of nutrition, food security and obesity,” researchers found that minorities and lower-income groups have higher obesity rates.

Clay County 4-H agent Fran Brock and volunteer leader Norman Armstrong look over one of his old scripts from a radio program he did as a member and leader to promote 4-H involvement. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
March 4, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

WEST POINT – More than 60 years have passed since Clay County 4-H agent Elizabeth Miller chose young Norman Armstrong to lead Rally Day, and his participation in the organization that helps young people develop their potential is not yet over.

Poultry grower Delean Robertson of Pike County is one of the recent participants in the Women in Agriculture program. Robertson says she learned how to use updated technology and how to be a better manager of her poultry operation. (Photo by Amy Taylor)
March 11, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Women for Agriculture

By Amy Taylor and Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Farm women with a passion to succeed are increasing their business knowledge and skills through the Mississippi Women in Agriculture program.

This year’s attendance at the North Mississippi Producer Advisory Council was the largest in recent history, with more than 300 attendees. (Photo by Scott Corey)
March 11, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Livestock, Catfish

VERONA – Almost 300 producers of agricultural products ranging from goats to sweet potatoes met at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona Feb. 18 to discuss services they need from Mississippi State University.

Each year since 1953, North Mississippi agricultural producers have come together to discuss their research and educational needs. They then report those needs to Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station administrators.

The southern pine beetle kills an estimated 12 million cubic feet of the Mississippi's pine forest annually. (Photo by USDA/Erich G. Valley)
March 11, 2010 - Filed Under: Forestry, Insects, Insects-Pests

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A new program at Mississippi State University is looking at new ways to stop a pest that kills an estimated 12 million cubic feet of the state's pine forest annually.

Research efforts usually focus on early-detection methods and control mechanisms for the southern pine beetle. But MSU experts believe preventive measures will better control this destructive pest.

March 11, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Students at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will welcome thousands of school children to campus on the second weekend in April.

MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine will open its doors from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on April 9 and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 10 for the 26th annual open house. “Treat Them All, Big and Small” is the theme for this year’s event at the Wise Center, located on the south side of campus off Spring Street.

March 11, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate students were awarded top honors at the recent MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society Conference.

March 18, 2010 - Filed Under: Livestock, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Intercollegiate rodeo competition will return to Mississippi State University on April 9 and 10 when students host the first events on campus in several years.

March 18, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Many Mississippians don’t mind unusually cold and wet winters because they think the weather is killing insects, but that is rarely what actually happens.

The state’s moderate climate is ideal for growing crops and multiplying insects, and the insects that live in Mississippi are suited to weather fluctuations. An insect’s ability to survive the winter is called overwintering, and it determines how quickly their numbers increase in the spring.

March 18, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biotechnology, Forest Ecology, Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Each year, replacing deteriorated wood in U.S. homes costs billions of dollars, but research at Mississippi State University is helping protect homeowners’ wallets and the environment.

“Since 1988, scientists in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center have been studying the development of totally organic biocides,” said Tor Schultz, MSU forest products professor.

March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Biofuels

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Citizens, developers and policymakers in the renewable energy industry across the South who want a clean, vibrant and secure energy future can explore options at an upcoming two-day conference in Tunica.

The Ninth Annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference will be April 13-14 at Harrah’s Resort Hotel. The Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council hosts the annual state conference.

Gary R. Bachman
March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippians looking for gardening tips and advice can now turn to Gary Bachman, the new Southern Gardening horticulturist. 

Southern Gardening is produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and consists of a weekly newspaper column, and radio and television segments. For the past 15 years, MSU horticulturist Norman Winter wrote the columns and appeared in the segments. Bachman was selected for the role after Winter left to become vice president for college advancement at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga.

The wild pig herd pictured here caused significant damage in a short amount of time by rooting the land. (Photo by USDA APHIS/Carol Bannerman)
March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Environment, Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Wild pigs are digging up trouble across the state and causing major crop damage, so Mississippi State University and federal experts are helping landowners and farmers eradicate the troublesome beasts.

Wild pigs are a highly adaptable species that is not native to North America. They are seen throughout the country, causing vast agricultural and environmental damage.

March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Agri-business, Natural Resources, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two one-day workshops will provide the tools for farmers and landowners to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, and wildlife watching are examples of enterprises based on the natural resources commonly found on Mississippi’s private lands.

Looking over their winning application for national recognition are Mississippi State University Collegiate 4-H'ers, from left, Savannah Duckworth of New Albany, Stuart Wright of Columbus, Brittany Reed of Greenwood and Shad Benn of Hattiesburg. (Photo by Scott Corey)
March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, Family

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A group of Mississippi State University students has spent two years breathing life into the inactive chapter of Collegiate 4-H on campus, and for those doing the hard work, recognition from the National Collegiate 4-H organization feels great.

A Mississippi State University farm worker is planting foundation seed of the Bowman rice variety in this field at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center at Verona in 2009. Local seed companies and growers depend each year on MSU and the Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks to provide quality foundation seed of improved varieties. (Photo by /Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks/ Randy Vaughan)
March 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Local seed companies and growers depend each year on Mississippi State University to provide quality foundation seed of improved varieties.

MSU established Mississippi Foundation Seed Stocks in 1959 as a unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. At its peak production in the early 1980s, the unit supplied about 110,000 bushels of foundation seed each year of mostly soybeans, cotton and rice.

Bearden throws out the first pitch at the MSU baseball game February 26. She was honored for 50 years of service during MSU’s 132nd birthday celebration. (Photo by Scott Corey)
March 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Community, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – When Nancy Bearden accepted a job at the Winston County Extension office in 1960, she never realized she would be a part of the Mississippi State University family for the next 50 years.

Bearden has the distinction of being the university’s longest-tenured employee. She will celebrate the anniversary in August, but she was honored Feb. 26 by throwing out the first pitch at the MSU versus Southeastern Louisiana baseball game. The event was part of MSU’s 132nd birthday celebration.

The Animal Emergency and Referral Center at 1009 Treetops Boulevard in Flowood opened on March 17.
March 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health

FLOWOOD -- Private practice veterinarians are partnering with Mississippi State University to provide around-the-clock emergency care and referral services for critical cases in the Jackson area.

The Animal Emergency and Referral Center at 1009 Treetops Boulevard in Flowood opened on March 17. From 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays, the center’s veterinarian and three veterinary technicians handle critical surgery, orthopedic and neurological cases that are referred to them from practicing veterinarians. No elective surgeries, primary care or routine treatments are provided.

April 1, 2010 - Filed Under: Community, Economic Development, Rural Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Research by the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University has been included in a new book about positive approaches to community development.

“Mobilizing Communities: Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy” includes a chapter by SRDC director Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu and his colleague Mark Harvey, assistant sociology professor at Florida Atlantic University. Harvey completed his post-doctoral work at SRDC and was an assistant research professor at MSU.

Lelia Kelly, a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, demonstrates how to prune shrubs in one of her "Gardening Through the Seasons" online videos. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Tim Allison)
April 1, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Well-kept yards and gardens require seasonal maintenance, a task that Mississippi State University horticulturists have simplified with a new online instructional video series.

The series, “Gardening through the Seasons,” addresses gardening tasks to be done at different times of the year. Each video is about 5 minutes long and features MSU horticulturists demonstrating techniques, examples and problem solving.

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