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These soybeans in Oktibbeha County were part of the crop that set a record yield of 45 bushels an acre in 2012 and 2013. The crop increased in value by $1 billion over six years. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
April 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Soybeans

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Soybeans have been an important commodity in Mississippi for more than 50 years, but recent advances have pushed the crop’s value above $1 billion.

Mississippi soybeans had a value of $267 million in 2006, $1.27 billion in 2012 and $1.17 billion in 2013. Prices have been high for the past several years, but state producers put more effort into management and increased yields to a record average of 45 bushels an acre in 2012 and 2013.

April 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering white-tailed deer management workshops to give landowners and managers hands-on education on improving deer herds and hunting opportunities.

As a safety precaution, Anna Imel, left, has her riding helmet adjusted by Lori Irvin, a therapeutic riding instructor at the 4-H Elizabeth A. Howard Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center on April 10, 2014, in West Point, Miss. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
April 22, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

By Brittnie Burton
MSU Ag Communications

CLEVELAND -- Horse lovers may think of horses as family, but they should always handle the large animals with caution.

Laura Giaccaglia, Bolivar County coordinator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said safety comes first in horse handling.

“Horses are massive animals, and when you are around them, you have to keep your guard up at all times,” Giaccaglia said. “We teach our 4-H members that respect is the foundation for safety for the animal and the people around it.”

Mississippi State University Extension Service agents spent many hours beside farmers in cotton fields as they waged war against invasive boll weevils, which often robbed plants of their top bolls. Extension personnel helped organize the successful eradication efforts that resulted in Mississippi fields without boll weevil since 2009. (MSU Ag Communications file photo)
April 22, 2014 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Most centenarians are slowing down and avoiding modern technology, but the Mississippi State University Extension Service is doing neither as it approaches its 100th birthday.

As part of an ongoing program of computer skills workshops, John Giesemann with the Mississippi State University Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach shows Vern Boothe how to access a slideshow program at the WIN Job Center in Madison on July 9, 2013. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
April 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Getting and keeping a job often depends on an individual’s ability to use basic computer programs and social media applications.

The Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach provides a variety of training workshops on common software programs for word processing, spreadsheets, and graphic design. Staff members also teach classes on using tablets and smartphones, digital cameras and GPS systems.

Lowndes County Extension agent Sharon Patrick (left) provides safety support for Oktibbeha County Extension agent Julie White during training for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative at Mississippi State University. Monticello Mayor Dave Nichols, a Citizens Corps trainer, is supervising the hands-on lesson on Aug. 4, 2012. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
April 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Family

By Brittnie Burton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Learning opportunities for teens do not end when school lets out for the summer in communities across Mississippi.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is recruiting students in six counties for the inaugural Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI.

Rachael Carter
April 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Women for Agriculture

YAZOO CITY -- Mississippi Women for Agriculture will kick off a new lunch-and-learn program May 2.

The first meeting of the “Farm Women Friday” series will be hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service at the Yazoo County Extension office and broadcast to county Extension offices across the state.

Jo Lynn Mitchell stops near the construction of Tiny Town, an addition to the agritourism venture at Mitchell Farms in Collins, Miss., on April 17, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
April 24, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agri-tourism

COLLINS – When Jo Lynn Mitchell started an agritourism business to add income to the family farm, she had no idea she would end up proving that people can still farm for a living.

Mitchell fell in love with farming as a way of life after marrying her husband Don, and she wanted to introduce farm life to children and adults. In 2006, she planted pumpkins and invited schools and churches to visit for an educational experience on how crops grow. The children each received a pumpkin to carry home as a reminder of what they learned at the farm.

April 24, 2014 - Filed Under: City and County Government

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- One of local government’s oldest and most essential jobs is being recognized for its services during an upcoming week of local, national and international activities.

The 44th annual Municipal Clerks Week will be observed May 5-11. During this week, municipal clerks in many of Mississippi’s cities, towns and villages will take part in activities to increase the public’s awareness of municipal clerks and the vital services they provide for local government and the community.

April 25, 2014 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Dr. Richard M. Hopper, professor with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hopper, who teaches in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine and is an MSU Extension Service veterinarian, received the award during Auburn’s 107th veterinary annual conference.

Sanford Johnson strives to make Mississippi a better place by improving graduation rates and teen health through public education reforms. Johnson credits his motivation and abilities to the time he spent in the Mississippi State University Extension Service's 4-H Youth Development Program. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
May 1, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects, Family, About Extension

JACKSON – A 4-H’ers lifetime dedication to “making the best better” resulted in a non-profit organization that intends to make Mississippi a better place.

Sanford Johnson, a native of Starkville, spent eight years in 4-H and said the skills he learned in the Mississippi State University Extension Service youth development program improved his life.

Five years ago Johnson and Rachel Hicks Canter, another former 4-H’er, created Mississippi First, a non-profit organization that aims to improve the state’s graduation rates and teen health with public education reforms.

May 2, 2014 - Filed Under: Livestock, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Animal lovers can turn to a trusted organization to help pets and livestock that need relief after the recent storms in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Animal Disaster Relief Fund was established after Hurricane Katrina. For the past nine years donations have supported animals devastated by natural disasters in the state. The funds help cover veterinary costs, animal-related supplies, shelter, emergency hay and feed needs. The relief fund also pays for training emergency responders.

Gina Carr, a Mississippi State University Extension Service staff member with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, keeps 3-year-old Brandily Haynes engaged while his family is in the American Red Cross Shelter at First Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, on May 1, 2014.  (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
May 2, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Family, Children and Parenting

LOUISVILLE – Long before the dark clouds rolled across the state on April 28, the Mississippi State University Extension Service had been prepared to provide a silver lining for children displaced by disaster.

Louise Davis, Extension professor of child and family development, said “safe spaces” are set up at shelters in Tupelo and Louisville. Extension staff with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network will oversee these sites.

Recent farm profits have made it possible for growers to install irrigation equipment on many northeast Mississippi farm acres. Pivot irrigation, such as this found in the Mississippi Delta, is the most efficient delivery method, especially when coupled with soil moisture meters. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
May 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Irrigation, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Recent high profits in farming have made it possible for many Mississippi growers to install irrigation systems, and Mississippi State University researchers are urging the producers to install soil moisture sensors at the same time.

Anita Leonard raises several kinds of animals on her Meadville farm, including four donkeys, 60 beef cattle and 100 laying hens. Leonard and her husband Harold are working toward making their farm mostly self-sufficient while producing a little income with their agricultural products, such as eggs and honey. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
May 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Farming

MEADVILLE – A Meadville farmer is building her dream job a few animals at a time.

Anita Leonard, a native of Enid, Oklahoma, married her husband Harold and relocated to Mississippi just more than five years ago. Together, they began building the farm Anita had longed for since she was a child.

May 7, 2014 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Farming

GOODMAN – Fruit and vegetable producers can learn online marketing techniques and networking strategies during the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm field day on May 16.

May 7, 2014 - Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Registration is open for three summer camps for young people interested in wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture are hosting two residential camps and one day camp.

Mississippi State University Extension Service beekeeping specialist Jeff Harris presents 4-H'er Garrett Smith of Starkville, Miss. with the state- and national-level awards for the 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest. The presentation was made May 7, 2014 at MSU. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
May 8, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Beekeeping, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Starkville eighth-grader won first place at the state level and second place at the national level of a 4-H writing competition with his essay about beekeeping during colonial times.

Garrett Smith, a 4-H member and student at Starkville Academy, said he was inspired to enter the 4-H Honey Bee Essay Contest after he toured Mississippi State University’s entomology lab with his little brother’s Clover Dawgs 4-H club.

Samantha Jones enjoys a sunny afternoon with young students at the Child Development and Family Studies Center at Mississippi State University. Jones is one of more than 5,000 early care and education providers in the state of Mississippi. May 9 is Provider Appreciation Day, which is celebrated each year on the Friday before Mother's Day to recognize service providers and educators of young children. (Photo by MSU School of Human Sciences/Alicia Barnes)
May 8, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi families and communities will have a chance to thank the people who care for and educate their children when the state celebrates Provider Appreciation Day on May 9.

Louisville, Miss. veterinary assistant Ann McCart steadies Twister while Dr. Fred Nabers examines him on May 8, 2014, nearly a week after the dog arrived for treatment of injuries sustained in the April 28 tornado. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
May 9, 2014 - Filed Under: Community

LOUISVILLE -- In the wake of the tornado that tore through Louisville on April 28, overwhelmed storm victims had to make tough choices about caring for people, property and pets.

But one pet owner found a way to help his dog, ironically named Twister, when a Mississippi State University Extension Service disaster assessment team visited his property. Twister had survived the tornado but had injuries that needed immediate attention.

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