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Feature Story from 2013

Cindy Hyde-Smith
May 29, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture

Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks to Boys State 2013 participants in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. (Photo by MSU University Relations/Megan Bean)

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Cindy Hyde-Smith, the state’s leading advocate for Mississippi agriculture, touted the nation’s food supply as the safest and most affordable in the world when she spoke Tuesday [May 28] at the 2013 Boys State.

Mississippi State University Extension Service Director Gary Jackson and Oktibbeha County Extension Coordinator Julie White review some of the many publications available through Extension with Edilberto DeLuna and Asterio Saliot, members of an agricultural delegation from the Philippines, visiting the county office on May 28, 2013. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
May 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s major land-grant university recently hosted a delegation from the Philippines who wanted to learn more about the Extension Service -- everything from federal funding to local county programming.

Mississippi State University Extension Service Director Gary Jackson provided an overview of the state’s programs and arranged for a visit to the Oktibbeha County Extension Office.

Randy Little
May 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A well-respected and popular professor in Mississippi State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics has received a national award for his excellence in student advising.

Randy Little is a professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who has formally guided the career paths of more than 300 undergraduate students since he began at MSU in 1990. He has informally advised more than 1,000 students during that time as students value his wisdom and seek his guidance.

Six 4-H leaders will represent the state at the 2014 National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.. From left are: Belle Failla of Hancock County; Marisa Laudadio of Alcorn County; Mary Kate Gaines of Tate County; Mitchell Young of Oktibbeha County; Timera Rodgers of DeSoto County; and Elsa Schmitz of Pearl River County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
June 3, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Nine teenaged 4-H leaders addressed current issues and shared their passions in hopes of winning a spot on a team representing Mississippi at the national 4-H conference in Washington, D.C.

Selected delegates will spend April 5-10, 2014, working with their peers in round-table discussions to prepare presentations for federal agencies on a variety of topics, such as texting while driving and obesity.

Jennifer Cain, a class of 2016 summer research student at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. David Smith, her mentor, examine a test sample for a reproductive disease of cattle. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When veterinarian Dr. Alicia Olivier arrives for work every day, she isn’t greeted by wagging tails and nervous meows. Instead, she spends her days behind a microscope to help better understand disease processes and therapy development.

Olivier is a member of a diverse set of veterinary scientists who conduct a variety of biomedical research that impacts animal and human health.

June 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting, Food

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Paring, slicing, dicing, and cubing are a few of the activities that young chefs will learn at Mississippi State University’s seventh annual Fun with Food Camp.

The five-day camp will be June 17-21 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m on MSU’s Starkville campus. The camp is open to children entering third through sixth grades and provides an opportunity for hands-on food experiences.

Chelsea McIntosh takes a blood sample from a patient with assistance from Sandra Bulla and Dr. Kari Lunsford. Scientists at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are studying the role of platelets in diagnosing canine cancer. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A group of veterinarians at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to better understand cancer in dogs, work that will likely also advance knowledge of human cancer.

MSU scientists said there is little difference between cancerous tumors found in dogs and humans, and the opportunity to help both human and canine patients is growing.

Visitors to the Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs can see how dozens of flower varieties performed through a Mississippi summer. (Photo by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station/Guihong Bi)
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

BILOXI -- Many frustrated gardeners have noted how plants often look their best on retail shelves, but ongoing tests at Mississippi State University helps these gardeners figure out which flowers will meet expectations.

Gary Bachman, horticulturist with the MSU Extension Service at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the university currently tests flower selections at two sites. Plans are underway to conduct flower variety testing at five locations around the state soon.

Chris Boyd
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Four representatives of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine will participate in a national program targeting future agricultural leaders.

MSU faculty selected to participate in Leadership Development for the 21st Century: Linking Research, Academics and Extension include

June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s new livestock judging team coach invites young people and coaches interested in sharpening their livestock judging skills to one of two camps.

June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Preparing for the 2013 hurricane season is wise, even if no major storm strikes the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Susan Cosgrove, an area family resource management agent in Newton County with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the steps taken to prepare for a hurricane will help whenever an unexpected disaster strikes.

June 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Pets

JACKSON -- Whether families head to the local park or an out-of-town destination, veterinarians advise them this summer to take steps to ensure pets stay safe and healthy as they travel.

Dr. Joey Burt, assistant clinical professor and director of the Animal Health Center at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said before setting out on any trip, pet owners should make sure their pets are comfortable with riding in an automobile. Burt suggested taking pets on short trips to gauge their tolerance.

June 13, 2013 - Filed Under: About Extension

RAYMOND -- Mississippi State University will honor the memory of longtime employee Frank T. “Butch” Withers Jr. by naming the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond after him.

Former colleagues, friends and family members will gather at the center at 10:30 a.m. July 10 for a naming ceremony. The event will conclude with a luncheon at noon. The public is invited to attend.

Georgia Murphy (center) observes a friendly card game between Florence Romero (left) and Bobbie Potts at the senior center on May 21, 2013, in Starkville, Miss. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
June 13, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Several Mississippi communities are taking on projects designed to help senior adults keep their independence and improve their health.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has challenged communities to assess the resources they offer senior adults and is helping them develop a plan to strengthen and add to those resources.

June 14, 2013 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – She is new to Mississippi State University, but her professional track record is well known across the country.

Melanie Barnett (far right), a second-year veterinary student at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, teaches young people enrolled in the college's Vet Camp how to perform a physical examination on a dog. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

Students interested in veterinary school had an opportunity to get an inside look at the profession during the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Camp.

During the recent three-day camp, 13- to 16-year-olds attended labs taught by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and participated in hands-on workshops.

June 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

JACKSON -- Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in late July and August to landowners, hunters, and professionals working with Mississippi’s white-tailed deer populations.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the College of Forest Resources, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will offer the two-day workshops in Starkville and Biloxi.

June 18, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Livestock

PONTOTOC -- Growers, crop consultants and other agriculture professionals in north Mississippi can learn about the latest crop research and emerging technologies during a July 11 field day.

Researchers and specialists with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station at 8320 Highway 15 South.

June 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Forages, Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Forage and livestock producers across the state are invited to learn the latest research-based forage management recommendations at a warm-season grass tour at Mississippi State University.

Bill Evans, center, helps Bayleigh Newman, left, and Olivia Leigh Williams, right, plant their watermelon seedlings at Mississippi State University's Truck Crops Station June 12. Employees at the station held a short program on gardening to complement the Dig into Reading theme of this year's statewide library summer reading program. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
June 19, 2013 - Filed Under: Soils

CRYSTAL SPRINGS -- Books are just one of the things children at the Crystal Springs Public Library are digging into during June. Soil is on their lists, too.

Kids enrolled in the Dig into Reading-themed summer library program recently got a lesson on plants from specialists at Mississippi State University’s Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station.

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