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Feature Story from 2014

December 8, 2014 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service specialist is taking her financial literacy message to television -- and winning awards for it.

December 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Though electronic toys continually top children’s Christmas wish lists, a child and family development professor at Mississippi State University suggests non-toy gifts could be the best presents under the tree.

Louise Davis, MSU Extension Service professor and executive director of the Early Years Network, said non-toy gifts such as activities, memberships and classes can offer enriching, fun experiences that encourage intellectual, social and physical development.

Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, addresses water efficiency on cropland during the Mississippi Delta Irrigation Summit in Stoneville, Mississippi, on Dec. 10, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
December 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Irrigation, Water

STONEVILLE -- Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year.

Sanitra Lawrence, a senior from Starkville majoring in horticulture at Mississippi State University, inspects poinsettias for whiteflies at a greenhouse. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
December 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Most undergraduate college students are not interested in conducting research, but Sanitra Lawrence is not like most students.

Lawrence’s resume will reveal that she did more than sit in a classroom while earning her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Mississippi State University this December. Each week in the summer of 2013, the Starkville native counted the swirskii mites on pepper plants as part of a research project.

Offering more research opportunities to undergraduates is a goal of the plant and soil sciences department.

Leslie Burger, an instructor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, teaches children about animals that inhabit Mississippi forests. (Photo by MSU College of Forest Resources/David Ammon)
December 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University hosted approximately 4,000 children, teachers and visitors Oct. 6-10 at the annual MSU Wood Magic Science Fair.

“We had another successful fair,” said Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. “It was a fun-filled, busy week when children traveled from all over the state to learn about forestry, sustainable bioproducts and wildlife.”

Wanda Hall of Mt. Olive hugs Paul O'Neill of Memphis, Tennessee, a veteran of the U.S. Army's 3rd Stryker Brigade on Dec. 12, 2014, in appreciation for his military service. O'Neill is one of nine soldiers who participated in the Hot Coffee Hunts for Heroes and received quilts from the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers of Covington County. (Photo by Robert Lewis)
December 15, 2014 - Filed Under: Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

COLLINS -- Nearly a dozen veterans left south Mississippi with fuller luggage after Covington County quilters surprised them with early Christmas gifts.

Stress and a lack of sleep can cause fatigue, interfere with productivity, and increase health problems. (Photo by iStock)
December 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- New Year’s Resolutions can be difficult to maintain, but one that is worth keeping is getting more sleep at night.

David Buys, state health specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said a lack of sleep can lead to serious problems at home, on the job and on the road.

Adrienne Mercer (center) of Louisville, Mississippi, assists her daughter, Millie Kate, in a salt-dough ornament project on Dec. 13, 2014. Family friend Anna Claire Quinn also enjoyed doing fun projects that can build important learning skills and relationships. (Submitted Photo)
December 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The countdown to the holiday break has begun, and parents and caregivers looking to keep kids occupied and happy should focus on the basics.

Instead of turning to technology as a primary source of entertainment, parents can take the opportunity to strengthen family relationships and stimulate learning in simple, free and fun ways.

Louise Davis, director of the Early Years Network at Mississippi State University, emphasized the importance of interaction to child development.

December 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Studies show many Mississippians are not good at managing their money, so some may use the new year as an opportunity to turn over a new leaf financially.

A 2013 Gallup poll found that just 32 percent of Americans put together a monthly budget to track income and expenses. Even fewer actually stick with it. The results add up to significant debt. Federal Reserve statistics indicate the average household owes $7,281 on credit cards. When looking only at households carrying credit card debt, that average debt rises to $15,608.

Breaking the smoking habit is hard, but it can lower risks of cancer, heart disease and lung problems. (Photo by iStock)
December 18, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Smoking can be a hard habit to kick, but it can be done with the right amount of determination.

Quitting smoking is at the top of many smokers’ New Year’s resolutions list. Smoking is a dangerous health risk, and quitting would contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said two main factors trigger smoking.

Mississippi 2014 Estimated Value of Ag Production
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Catfish, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans, Sweet Potatoes, Agricultural Economics, Forages, Beef, Poultry, Swine, Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, is over $7.7 billion.

Soybeans set a new harvest record, keeping this a billion dollar crop and Mississippi's third-largest agricultural commodity in 2014. (File Photo/MSU Ag Communications)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A potentially record-setting production year made soybeans a billion dollar crop and Mississippi’s third-largest agricultural commodity in 2014.

Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said soybeans are expected to yield a record average of 52 bushels an acre.

Beef cattle, such as these Herefords in Oktibbeha County, are part of Mississippi's fifth most valuable agricultural commodity in the state for 2014. This mother and calf are part of the Mississippi State University herd on the Henry H. Leveck Research Farm on the south side of the MSU campus on Dec. 17, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising.

Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states, especially in 2012, resulted in tighter supplies, while consumer demand for beef has remained strong.

The poultry industry kept its No. 1 spot on the annual list of agricultural commodities, with an overall estimated production value of about $3.1 billion, a 6.4 percent increase from 2013. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Poultry

RAYMOND -- Poultry experienced some moderate increases in 2014, grabbing the No.1 spot among Mississippi’s commodities for the 20th straight year.

The industry ended November with a preliminary estimated total production value of $3.1 billion, a 6.4 percent increase from 2013.

December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University scientists strive to establish sustainable best practices in the application of slack wax for the wood composites industry.

Slack wax is a waterproofing agent used in the production of composites, including particle board, oriented strand board, fiberboard and laminated strained lumber. The wax improves the dimensional stability of composites, thus improving performance.

Forestry was Mississippi's second-largest agricultural commodity for 2014, with a preliminary year-end harvest value estimated at $1.28 billion, a 13.8 percent increase from 2013. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A production bump has helped forestry maintain its status as Mississippi’s second largest agricultural commodity.

James Henderson, associate forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, estimated the state’s 2014 harvest value was $1.28 billion, which represents a 13.8 percent increase from the $1.13 billion in production reported in 2013.

Since 2009, the least productive year since the recession started, the state’s forest harvest value has increased 48 percent.

Adopting new devices, such as smartphones, can be a New Year's resolution unto itself, but doing so can also help people meet other common resolutions, including exercising and dieting. (Photo by iStock)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Technology, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- After some people open Christmas presents, they might find themselves the recipients of new devices they would have avoided but now feel compelled to use.

Learning how to navigate such a device -- whether it is a smartphone, tablet, digital media player or e-reader -- can seem a daunting task to those who are not technologically savvy. Resolving to implement a new gift into routine activities in 2015 can be an easy first step toward getting the most out of that new gadget.

December 22, 2014 - Filed Under: Dairy, About Extension

TYLERTOWN -- Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University will celebrate 25 years of bringing management and marketing information to dairy producers in early January.

The 25th annual Mississippi-Louisiana Dairy Management Conference will be Jan. 8 at the Southwest Events Center in Tylertown. The MSU Extension Service and the LSU AgCenter plan and conduct this annual event to meet the educational needs of dairy farmers in both states.

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