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Mississippi State University Rice breeder Dwight Kanter stands in a field of Pace variety rice he developed at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. (Photograph by DREC Communication/Rebekah Ray)
July 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Rice

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A long-time rice breeder is turning his rubber boots over to the next generation of researchers.

Dwight Kanter, a research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, retired on July 1. Tim Walker assumed Kanter’s duties.

Ethan Hicks and Eric Mellin of Starkville follow instructions to program the soccer goalie robot they built at the Cloverbud Camp held at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
July 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Technology, Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Reading was not required to build a robot at Mississippi State University’s Cloverbud Camp, but teamwork, persistence and willingness to follow directions helped all of the pieces fit into place.

Camper Kendall Willeford of Starkville and Kristin Weaver of Byhalia, a student in the Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion program at Mississippi State University, prepare the ingredients for a dish during Fun with Food. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Food, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Fun with Food brought 32 young people in third through sixth grades to Mississippi State University for a week of hands-on learning about food and cooking skills.

Offered June 18-22 by MSU’s Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, the class brought together 10 boys and 22 girls for a 40-hour week filled with new food experiences. Sylvia Byrd, professor of nutrition, organized the program and has led it for the past five years.

July 5, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agri-tourism

JACKSON – Hunting and fishing have always been popular in Mississippi, but landowners are now adding wildlife watching, horseback riding and other agricultural entertainment businesses, such as pumpkin patches and bed and breakfasts, to the mix.

Muscadine grapes
July 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Fruit

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Muscadine grape growers interested in the latest research and recommendations will gather at the Beaumont Experiment Station in Perry County on Aug. 16.

After meeting in Pearl River County for several years, the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station moved the annual meeting to Beaumont.

Jeff Harris
July 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Beekeeping, Insects, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Southern beekeepers have an experienced ally joining the ranks of researchers and specialists at Mississippi State University.

July 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Creativity and planning ahead can make buying school clothes for the coming year gentler on checking accounts, even when parents have more than one child.

A growing percentage of Mississippi young people go to public and private schools dressed in uniforms. Purchasing uniforms and other school clothes can put unprepared parents in a financial hole if they are not careful.

Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service offered a variety of tips on how to make back-to-school clothes shopping less stressful.

July 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

JACKSON – Afterschool programs can help keep kids on the straight and narrow, and parents can choose the right program with a few simple tips.

July 12, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Increasing numbers of athletes report taking nutritional supplements to improve their performance in sports, and the ages of these athletes concern nutrition specialists.

Mississippi State University professor Ron Williams and several colleagues across the United States recently analyzed information in the National Health Interview Survey. More than 1.2 million children ages 10 to 18 reported taking supplements specifically for sports performance. The average age of reported users was 10.8.

July 13, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Nutrition

MISSISSIPPI STATE – College freshmen who have prepared themselves for new experiences are often not ready for the so-called freshman 15, the dreaded weight gain associated with starting college.

Brent Fountain, associate Extension professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University, said weight gain is likely during the first few months of college life.

Sumner Davis
July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: City and County Government, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Sumner Davis has been named department head of the Mississippi State University Extension Service center that supports local governments.

For 40 years, the Center for Governmental Training and Technology, or CGT, has led the development and implementation of educational programs for county and municipal officials, provided technical assistance to local units of government, and provided specialized publications for local government officials in Mississippi.

Eighth-grade science teachers Judy Harden of Saltillo (left) and Joan Estapa of Bay Saint Louis conduct experiments during an intense two-week course in functional genomics and biology at Mississippi State University. The teachers were taking part in a Research Experience for Teachers grant under the supervision of an associate professor in MSU's Department of Animal and Dairy Science. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biotechnology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Two middle-school science teachers returned to college this summer for lessons in functional genomics and biology that did not exist their first time around, and they educated their professor at the same time.

Mississippi State University scientists at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville are trying to identify soybean varieties resistant to purple leaf blight, a disease that can reduce yields by more than 20 bushels per acre. (Photo by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station/Rebekah Ray)
July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Soybeans, Plant Diseases

By Dr. Rebekah Ray
MSU Delta Research and Extension Center

STONEVILLE – Mississippi State University scientists are trying to identify soybean varieties resistant to a disease that can reduce yields by more than 20 bushels per acre.

MSU plant pathologist Gabe Sciumbato and research associate Walter Solomon are checking soybean varieties for purple leaf blight through MSU’s soybean variety trials. Both are Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers at MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

Certain ants sometimes congregate in electrical boxes, where they can cause shorts in electrical systems. These acrobat ants shorted out an electrical connector and disabled a home air conditioner. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi has 187 known species of ants calling the state home, and while fire ants are the most feared, others can cause problems ranging from disruptive to serious.

Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said several species of ants invade Mississippi homes.

The ones most commonly found are the Argentine ant, odorous house ant, little black ant, dark rover ant, imported fire ant, black carpenter ant and acrobat ant. A new invasive species, the hairy crazy ant, is found in Jackson and Hancock counties.

July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Family, Health

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Whether gardening, working or enjoying a baseball game, Mississippians should protect themselves from the heat of summer.

Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. For example, in high humidity, sweat cannot evaporate rapidly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly, said Ann Twiner, with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Clifford P. Hutt
July 19, 2012 - Filed Under: Community, Fisheries, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University doctoral candidate has been selected for a prestigious national fellowship focused on federal marine policies.

Clifford P. Hutt of Starkville is one of 53 scholars selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. He will spend a year in a legislative or executive office in Washington, D.C. to learn firsthand about federal policies impacting domestic waterways, including ocean, coast and Great Lakes resources. Since the fellowship program’s inception in 1979, Hutt is the first MSU student selected to participate.

Students and staff at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are the first-ever recipients of an MSU award recognizing laboratories for outstanding attention to safety. From left, Lauren Mangum, Ronald Pringle, Shane Bennett, Lee Mangum and Erle Chenney, make safety a priority while working in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
July 20, 2012 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A laboratory at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently became the first-ever recipient of an MSU award recognizing laboratories for outstanding attention to safety.

MSU’s Office of Regulatory Compliance and Safety presented the inaugural Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award to the Center for Environmental Health Sciences.

The award was established to recognize an MSU laboratory group that makes safety a top priority every day.

Don Cook, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher, spoke on insect issues related to the state’s primary row crops at the Agronomic Crops Field Day at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville.
July 23, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Cotton, Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Despite morning rains, about 150 people attended the Agronomic Crops Field Day at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center Thursday at Mississippi State University.

A bus tour took participants to six stops to view the university’s cotton, soybean and corn research and demonstration plots. Participants heard research updates and asked questions of the scientists.

Mississippi farmers are counting on barges such as this one near the Port of Greenville on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, to continue accessing river ports to load and unload farm products. (Photo by MSU Delta Research and Extension Center/Rebekah Ray)
July 26, 2012 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi farmers may have survived one drought challenge only to face another as reduced river levels threaten a key transportation option.

Three exceptionally hot, dry weeks in June were taking a toll on the state’s crops when unseasonal July rains brought relief in time to salvage most fields. While Mississippi growers are not experiencing anything close to the dry conditions found across the nation’s Corn Belt, problems from the lack of water up north have trickled down to produce near-record lows on the Mississippi River.

July 26, 2012 - Filed Under: About Extension

By Dr. Rebekah Ray
MSU Delta Research and Extension Center

STONEVILLE – Mississippi State University will honor a 1950 graduate and longtime professor and administrator when a new building is dedicated at the Delta Research and Extension Center.

The facility will be named the Verner G. Hurt Research and Extension Building in recognition of Hurt’s contributions to agriculture.

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