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October 1, 2012 - Filed Under: Technology, Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show will showcase the newest technology and machinery being used to advance the South’s timber industry.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc., the Mississippi Logger’s Association and the Mississippi Forestry Association.

October 3, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Landscape and garden enthusiasts can get help planning for next spring from nationally acclaimed designers at a Mississippi State University landscape design event.

The 57th annual Edward C. Martin Jr. Landscape Design Symposium will be Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bost Conference Center on MSU’s Starkville campus. Attendees can preregister by Oct. 12 for $20 or register at the door for $25.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service hosted a workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service to help meat processors develop a food defense plan. Presenters included, from left, Dr. William Pepper, USDA-FSIS; Byron Williams and Anna Hood, MSU Extension Service; and Sam Chang, MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. (MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
October 4, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Food Safety

MISSISSIPPI STATE – To most consumers, the idea of someone purposefully contaminating food seems far-fetched, but to food business owners, it is a reality for which they must plan.

October 4, 2012 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Agri-tourism

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Fall is an ideal time for farmers to add value to their businesses by engaging in agritourism and developing farm-to-table relationships.

Becky Smith, Mississippi State University Extension Service instructor of agricultural economics, said farmers can diversify income through fall agritourism activities like corn mazes, tractor rides and pumpkin patches.

First responders brought in heavy equipment and portable fencing to help remove and contain about 100 cattle from an overturned 18-wheeler in DeSoto County on Highway 78 on Sept. 28, 2012. (Photo by Mississippi Board of Animal Health/Jesse Carter)
October 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Disaster Response

VERONA – DeSoto County emergency responders were just settling in for a day of large animal rescue training when the call came on Sept. 28.

“An 18-wheeler hauling about 100 calves through the state hit the Coldwater River bridge on Highway 78 in DeSoto County,” said Dr. Carla Huston, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a member of the CVM Disaster Response Team. This was not a drill.

Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine students Samantha Vitale and Jason Collins are part of a team using a mannequin to learn how to remove a horse from a trailer during a Technical Large Animal Emergency Response class on Sept. 28, 2012, in Verona, Miss. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Dr. Carla Huston)
October 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Disaster Response

VERONA – Several agencies joined forces in Wiggins and Verona to help train first responders how to rescue large animals safely following a disaster or accident.

“Mississippi is a rural and agricultural state, but many of our first responders have no experience with horses, cattle and other large animals,” said Elmo Collum, disaster preparedness coordinator for the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Over the years that we have conducted these trainings, we have discovered that even people with large-animal experience can learn from the classes.”

October 9, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Gardeners can add fresh color to their landscapes with plants purchased at the Mississippi State University horticulture club’s annual fall plant sale.

This year’s sale will take place Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Dorman Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Popular flowering plants, such as chrysanthemums, pansies and dianthus, will be available for purchase. Ornamental white and orange pumpkins and cold-hardy vegetables, such as Swiss chard and kale, also will be for sale.

October 11, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

JACKSON – Mississippians can see the talent of the state’s youth at 4-H Day at the Mississippi State Fair on Oct. 13.

Contests, exhibits and other events will be open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. Most contests will conclude around noon. Livestock events will continue throughout the day.

All 4-H events and contests will be held in the Trade Mart, except one. Public speaking will be held in the Cattlemen’s Association building located across from the fairgrounds at 680 Monroe Street, Suite A. Exhibits will be displayed in the Trade Mart’s 4-H Village.

Mississippi State University received an $8 million bequest of real estate, the largest in university history, when Willis D. McGeary donated Sidon Plantation. The gift includes 2,637 acres of land and one of the oldest homes in Leflore County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
October 11, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

By Amy Cagle
MSU Foundation

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Willis Durden “Dan” McGeary left Mississippi to follow his dream of becoming a pilot, but he never forgot his connection to his home state or his alma mater, Mississippi State University.

The last surviving member of a prominent Delta family, McGeary willed Sidon Plantation in Leflore County to Mississippi State University. The bequest includes 2,069 acres of farmland and 568 additional acres around Sidon Plantation near Greenwood, as well as one of the oldest homes in Leflore County. McGeary died in 2011 at age 91.

Mississippi homeowners can keep out insect pests, such as this Asian lady beetle, by screening soffit vents and using silicone caulk to seal cracks around the house. (Photo courtesy of USDA-ARS/Scott Bauer)
October 11, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Insects-Human Pests, Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Southern hospitality does not need to extend to members of the insect world when temperatures drop.

“Now is the ideal time to prepare your home for winter, before the paper wasps, Asian lady beetles and kudzu bugs start looking for a warm place to spend the cold months,” said Blake Layton, Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist.

In nature, many insects overwinter under tree bark, in rocky outcrops or hollow trees, Layton said.

Joe Gordy visits the Mississippi State University campus frequently and has remained involved with his alma mater by serving on the MSU Foundation's board of directors. Here, the internationally renowned floral designer works with plants at MSU's Hunter Henry Center. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
October 11, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, Flower Gardens

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As a boy growing up in central Mississippi, Joe Gordy never imagined that his love of flowers would grow into an accomplished career.

Gordy, a Mississippi State University alumnus, has a passion for floral design that began in childhood.

“As a child I was fascinated with plants and flowers. I grew up on a farm, and I loved working in the flower garden,” Gordy said. “Horticulture was a subject I wanted to study because I have always been interested in plants. But design is what I love.”

Festivals, such as the annual Sweet Potato Festival in Vardaman, can be significant sources of economic development for communities. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
October 11, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agri-tourism, Economic Development, Rural Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A long-standing and well-attended festival in Ocean Springs gave Mississippi State University researchers an opportunity to calculate the value of these fun events to the state’s economy.

The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development and the Extension Service at Mississippi State University completed two economic impact studies of the Peter Anderson Arts and Crafts Festival. This annual festival draws more than 100,000 people to the community of 18,000 residents and has a $13 million impact on the local economy.

The South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville recently won first place in the All-America Selections' Landscape Design Contest. (Submitted Photo)
October 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

POPLARVILLE -- A Mississippi State University experiment station recently won first place in a North American landscape design competition.

The South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville took top honors in the first annual All-America Selections’ Landscape Design Contest.

October 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Owners and operators of the state’s agricultural businesses now have more agricultural economists to consult through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

James Barnes and Brian Williams are located on MSU’s main campus in Starkville. Larry Falconer is based out of MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

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October 15, 2012 - Filed Under: Fruit, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University Extension Service fruit crops expert recently received recognition for his work on a national project.

Eric Stafne was honored with the 2012 eXtension Community of Practice Individual Achievement Award based on his leadership as project director for the National Grape Community of Practice. The eXtension website is an online consortium of Extension Service experts with nearly 60 topical resource areas, called communities of practice.

October 16, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Dr. James Peddie has treated some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and is coming to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to share his stories.

As veterinarians, Peddie and his wife, Dr. Linda Peddie, have cared for and treated animals on many major motion picture sets, including “Water for Elephants” and “Dances with Wolves.” Dr. James Peddie will speak on Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wise Center’s large auditorium as part of the MSU-CVM and Nestle Purina Human-Animal Bond lecture series. The event is free and open to the public.

Monica Morel, Hancock County robotics club volunteer leader, helps Luke and Rebekah Schilling of Oktibbeha County with a robot during 4-H Day at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson on Oct. 13. The robotics exhibit was one of several hands-on science activities available to visitors. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
October 16, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

JACKSON -- Mississippi 4-H’ers from 42 counties put their talent on display at 4-H Day at the Mississippi State Fair on Oct. 13.

Exhibits by 4-H members totaled 1,225 this year, said Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service.

October 18, 2012 - Filed Under: Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Sixty-five people will have the opportunity Dec. 4 to learn ways to manage wild hogs that have become a serious problem for landowners.

The Wild Pig Management Workshop will be held in Raymond at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. The program is provided by the MSU Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

October 18, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Forages, Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Nov. 9 is back-to-school time for cattle and hay producers when Mississippi State University hosts a daylong event in Meadville on topics related to cattle grazing and hay production.

The 2012 Southwest Mississippi Grazing School will be held at Sage Farms from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The school is limited to 80 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is free but must be completed by Nov. 2.

Lisa Pritchard, veterinary technician and mascot coordinator for Bully XX at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, is MSU's 2012 Veterinary Technician of the Year.
October 18, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – To celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week, Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has announced its Veterinary Technician of the Year.

Lisa Pritchard, the primary caregiver for MSU’s mascot Bully XX, is this year’s honoree. She may be MSU's most famous veterinary technician, but being the mascot coordinator is just part of her job.

When Pritchard first started working at MSU’s CVM nearly 20 years ago, she was the only veterinary technician on staff in Internal Medicine/Critical Care services.

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