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March 3, 2015 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Animal Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Teenagers with an interest in animals and veterinary medicine are invited to apply for a camp offered by the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The MSU Veterinary Camp will provide this hands-on experience on the Mississippi State campus in Starkville. Campers will participate in interactive labs and learn about veterinary medicine from MSU instructors and students. Young people considering careers in veterinary medicine, scientific research or animal-related fields are encouraged to apply.

Indian mealworm caterpillars are stored-food pests commonly found in cornmeal and flour. Cooks can avoid heavy infestations of these pests by including the kitchen pantry in the spring-cleaning routine. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Jonathan Parrish)
March 3, 2015 - Filed Under: Family, Insects, Household Insects, Insects-Pests

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The kitchen pantry is a prime target for pests looking for an easy meal, but a little spring-cleaning can stop them in their tracks.

“It’s a good idea for cooks to empty the pantry at least once a year and check items that have gotten pushed to the back of the cabinet,” said Natasha Haynes, Mississippi State University Extension Service agent and host of “The Food Factor.” “Throw out any expired food or food that has been open for several months.”

Haynes recommended storing any opened food items in airtight glass or plastic containers.

Ross Overstreet, Mississippi State University Extension agent in Lamar County, and Pine Belt Master Gardener Paul Cavanaugh check the progress of plants in the first demonstration salad table in 2013. The project grew in popularity and recently earned the Master Gardeners an international award for excellence. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/Liz Sadler)
March 4, 2015 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

PURVIS, Miss. -- A project intended as a one-time demonstration earned a southern Mississippi gardening group an international award for excellence.

The Pine Belt Master Gardeners placed second in the 2015 International Master Gardener Search for Excellence Program for their volunteer efforts in constructing, donating and teaching people to use salad tables. They competed in the special needs audience category.

March 5, 2015 - Filed Under: Community

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Six locations across the state will host “Mississippi Shred Day” events on March 6 and 7 to help consumers avoid identity theft by shredding personal papers.

Rita Green, family financial management state specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said people need to protect personal information, especially when it is time to get rid of certain papers.

“Shredding documents is the best way to prevent personal information from being used by identity thieves,” Green said.

March 6, 2015 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University graduate student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the first-time recipient of a national weed science award.

Drake Copeland placed first in the master of science category of the inaugural student poster contest at the recent Weed Science Society of America annual meeting. He won for his poster on the evaluation of pre-emergence herbicides and insecticidal seed treatments on thrips infestation in cotton.

March 6, 2015 - Filed Under: Beef

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University beef cattle and forage research will be featured during a field day in Pearl River County March 28.

Beef cattle producers are encouraged to attend the event hosted by the White Sand Branch Unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

March 9, 2015 - Filed Under: About Extension

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- People around the world can learn what land-grant university researchers and Extension professionals have accomplished through a new online resource.

Mississippi State University and its partner institutions in the national Association of Public and Land-grant Universities launched a new website to highlight research and Extension impacts on March 2.

March 10, 2015 - Filed Under: Community

PICAYUNE – Home gardeners and nature lovers can learn how to create a beautiful and functional landscape during the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum Lecture Series March 28.

Rick Darke, a horticulturist, published author, lecturer and photographer, will discuss how to strike the ultimate balance between beauty and function in the home landscape with an emphasis on conservation.

Garrett Montgomery was the outstanding master's student at the Southern Weed Science Society of America's annual meeting on Jan. 28 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Steve Kelly)
March 10, 2015 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops, Community

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two Mississippi State University graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences received accolades from a regional weed science organization.

Garrett Montgomery and Andrew Denton were honored at the Southern Weed Science Society of America’s annual meeting in Savannah, Georgia, in January.

Montgomery won the outstanding master’s student award, and Denton placed second in the master’s poster contest.

The Grenada Early Learning Advantage Center, part of the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Early Years Network, received a Star Award from the Grenada Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 23, 2015. Leaders gathered at the center to celebrate the award, back row from left: Larry Collins of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce; Robbin Griffith of the Early Years Network; Michael Newman, director of the MSU School of Human Sciences; Wanda Thompson of the network; Deborah Bailey, consultant; Dolly Marascalco o
March 10, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Community

GRENADA, Miss. -- The Grenada Early Learning Advantage Center recently received the Star Award from the Grenada Chamber of Commerce for its invaluable contributions to the children, families and future of the community.

Dolly Marascalco, past president of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce, presented the award to Early Years Network Director Louise Davis and consultant Deborah Bailey at the Grenada site on Feb. 23.

The center opened in November 2012 and has grown to serve approximately 80-100 families per month.

March 10, 2015 - Filed Under: Environment, Natural Resources

JACKSON, Miss. -- Students, teachers and community members can learn more about the ecosystems in their area during two separate events.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will join the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the National Park Service in hosting the state’s second annual BioBlitz workshops.

The 2015 BioBlitz events will kick off April 11 in Jackson at the museum. The second workshop will be April 18 in Tupelo near the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor’s Center.

Mississippi State University Extension Service health specialist David Buys signs a pledge to be screened for colorectal cancer in 2015. Other representatives of the MSU Extension Service, Ann Sansing (from left), Theresa Hand and Natasha Haynes, are joining him in the awareness event at the Mississippi Capitol on March 9, 2015. (Submitted photo)
March 11, 2015 - Filed Under: Family, Health, Colon Cancer Screening

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- When is knowing about a family history of colorectal cancer a good thing?

Clark Roman of Starkville said knowing his family’s increased incidence of colon cancer prompted him to have regular screenings. The result was early diagnosis and a relatively easy treatment. Almost five years after surgery, he is an advocate for people getting screened according to their doctors’ recommendations.

March 11, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H, Community

TUPELO, Miss. -- Mississippi State University freshmen and 4-H alumnae Alivia Roberts and Laken Lyons, both of Lee County, recently earned recognition for essays promoting community service in memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

Roberts received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship, and Lyons received the Modern Beautician Club scholarship. The 2014-2015 scholarships were presented by the King Committee and the Modern Beautician Club of Tupelo.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Mississippi State University has partnered with the MSU Extension Service to enhance educational opportunities available to students at the Boys and Girls Club of Starkville. At the head of the table, Donae Reggans, sales and marketing administrator for Gulf States, talks with Timothy Guy (from left around the table), Aleah Graham and Celeiah Quin. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
March 11, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Family

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Pi Day comes around every March 14 to help emphasize the importance of math, but the Mississippi State University Extension Service works year-round to give young people the strong educational foundation that will carry them through life.

Mariah Morgan, a professor in the MSU Extension Center for Technology Outreach, recently teamed up with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as part of its educational enrichment program.

Master Naturalist class members get a behind the scenes tour of the aquariums at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science during the 2014 training session last spring. The museum and the Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer the 2015 classes from April 21 through June 16. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/Adam Rohnke)
March 11, 2015 - Filed Under: Fisheries, Wildlife

JACKSON, Miss. -- Individuals interested in learning about Mississippi’s fish and wildlife as well as techniques to conserve them are welcome to attend an in-depth training workshop presented by regional experts.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will team up April 21 through June 16 to offer Master Naturalist training. Nine weekly classes are planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson.

March 12, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Community

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Registration is open for one spring and three summer camps for young people interested in conservation, natural sciences and wildlife.

The Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, MSU Extension Service and MSU College of Forest Resources are hosting these camps.

Dogs love to taste and chew on many things, so owners should take extra precautions to protect their pets from poisons, a leading cause of emergency trips to veterinary clinics each year. (File photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
March 12, 2015 - Filed Under: Pets

FLOWOOD, Miss. -- March is National Poison Prevention Month, and March 15-21 is National Animal Poison Prevention Week.

The Animal Emergency and Referral Center, an affiliate service of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is reminding pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their pets.

Most owners take precautions to keep their pets safe. Leashes, fences, microchips and vaccinations are all routine purchases for responsible pet owners. But for many pets, the average home hides many dangers that sometimes are not obvious.

Kymari Young, a Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H member from Simpson County, takes a close-up photo of daffodils March 8, 2015, in Natchez during a four-day photo safari. Eleven 4-H'ers from across the state visited historic sites from Leland to Natchez to improve their photography skills. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
March 13, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Eleven 4-H members from around the state spent part of spring break sharpening their photography skills while learning about Mississippi history.

“We had interest from some of our 4-H’ers who compete in the photo track to do some in-depth training, so we decided to open it up to all 4-H members in the state,” said Kat Lawrence, a photographer with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

March 13, 2015 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- With planting time approaching quickly, Mississippi gardeners are in the middle of their “planning season.”

Spring garden expos are underway with three major events remaining in Jackson, Starkville and New Albany.

Gary Bachman, a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said March and April are good months for Mississippians to plan their 2015 gardens.

Judd Davis' education did not stop when he graduated from Mississippi State University in 2007, and he continues learning how to be a better farmer on his family's land in Bolivar County. This photo was taken on his farm near Shaw, Mississippi, on Feb. 27, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
March 17, 2015 - Filed Under: Agriculture

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Students who want to make a difference in the world should consider careers in agriculture.

“Careers in agriculture are as diverse as the farming profession they support,” said George Hopper, dean of the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “College degrees are the keys to success in this industry that feeds and clothes the world.”

Hopper said preparing students for real-world challenges is a priority for faculty in the nine departments of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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