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September 28, 2017 - Filed Under: 4-H, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- October is Children’s Health Month, but Mississippi’s Junior Master Wellness Volunteers are dedicated year-round to “promoting healthy living through community connections” in the state.

The Junior Master Wellness Volunteer program, or JrMWV, is a community health education and volunteer leader training program offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the UMMC/Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute.

Ann Sansing, MSU Extension community health coordinator, said this is the latest program developed in a five-year partnership with the medical center around delivery of the Community Health Advocate curriculum, which began there under the leadership of Dr. Rick deShazo. 

Warren County Master Gardener Yolanda Horne checks on worms living in a plastic bin on June 13, 2017. The worms were part of an exhibit on composting at the Know Your Roots: Grow Your Business workshop in Vicksburg, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Bonnie Coblentz)
June 16, 2017 - Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Community, Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden

VICKSBURG, Miss. -- Mississippians from a wide variety of backgrounds spent a day thinking of new ways to use landscapes and gardens to bring more profit and better value to agricultural enterprises and historic homes.

Know Your Roots: Build Your Business brought 29 participants together for the daylong workshop June 13 at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Sandy Havard, Warren County agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, coordinated the event.

Brittny Fairley, right, checks Dequesia Perry’s blood pressure in their health science class at the Hinds County Career and Technical Center in Raymond, Mississippi, on May 4, 2017. They are members of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteers group in Hinds County who received training to deliver basic health information and provide supervised basic screenings. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
May 9, 2017 - Filed Under: 4-H, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Health, Rural Health

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.

Lida McDowell holds an alternanthera plant at her home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on April 27, 2017. McDowell is a member of the Pine Belt Master Gardeners -- one of more than 60 such groups throughout the state that operate under the supervision of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
May 4, 2017 - Filed Under: Women for Agriculture, Master Gardener

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Lida McDowell taught science and math for 30 years at the high school and university levels, and she keeps finding ways to educate while enjoying an interest she had no time to pursue until retirement.

The raised-bed vegetable gardens she and church friend Karen Walker maintain year-round serve as a classroom for a young audience at Thames Elementary School in Hattiesburg.

“What we’re trying to do is get the kids to enjoy nature, be outside and appreciate where their food comes from,” McDowell said.

La-Z-Boy Inc. has donated about 130 boxes of discarded upholstery fabric to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Sylvia Clark, left, an Extension family and consumer sciences associate, and student worker Kamau Bostic unpack the truckload of material March 24, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)
March 28, 2017 - Filed Under: Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Clubs have a new supply of sewing material thanks to a large donation.

La-Z-Boy Inc. gave the Mississippi State University Extension Service about 130 boxes of discarded upholstery fabric -- enough to fill a 24-foot trailer.

Lynn McMahan of Vancleave, past president of the Mississippi Master Gardeners, learns about plant diseases from Clarissa Balbalian, manager of the Mississippi State University Extension Service's plant diagnostic lab, during campus tours in 2013. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
October 12, 2016 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

TUPELO, Miss. -- For more than a quarter century, Mississippians with a love for horticulture have been helping to educate and serve their communities through a nationwide Extension Service program.

Thirty-four 4-H’ers learned leadership skills when they toured four co-ops as part of the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Here, Jonathan Pannell, left, of Alcorn County, and Thomas Heck of Hancock County examine cotton samples at Staplcotn in Greenwood. (Submitted Photo/Lauren Revel)
July 25, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, Ambassador Program, Leadership

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A group of 34 elite 4-H’ers toured part of northeast Mississippi July 18-21 learning about leadership and business cooperatives.

The first-place winners in the senior level of 4-H competition at this year’s 4-H Club Congress, state 4-H Ambassadors and the state 4-H Council officers participated in the 2016 Cooperative Business Leadership Conference. Mississippi State University was home base for the group as they took a bus tour to Mayhew, West Point, Greenville and Greenwood.

Mike Phillips
December 9, 2015 - Filed Under: Leadership, Food

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two Mississippi State University faculty members are participating in an executive leadership program to gain enhanced management skills and a broader perspective on food systems.

Mike Phillips, head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and Mary Beck, head of the Department of Poultry Sciences, began the Food Systems Leadership Institute program in the fall of 2015.

Annette Lockett, left, Thelma Washington and Mary Kohn, members of a newly formed Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers Club in Holmes County, cut out and sew quilt squares as part of a quilt-making project on Nov. 24, 2015. The group donated 67 lap quilts to residents at the Lexington Manor Senior Care facility. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
November 30, 2015 - Filed Under: Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

LEXINGTON, Miss. -- A new Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Club spread some holiday cheer with a set of quilts they made throughout the summer and fall.

On Nov. 24, residents at Lexington Manor Senior Care facility received 67 lap quilts made by the recently formed Holmes County club.

Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Clubs, called MHV clubs, are supported by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide a variety of educational opportunities and services to their communities.

Oktibbeha County Master Gardener Charlie Weatherly pauses July 23, 2015, beside some of flowers growing in the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, which he helped establish at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 24, 2015 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Long before Charlie Weatherly earned the state’s 2015 Master Gardener of the Year honor, his family roots were dug deep into the Mississippi soil.

Although he retired from Mississippi State University in 1997, Weatherly has not strayed far from the land-grant institution’s campus or mission. How could he? As a child, he frequently came to campus with his father, Ernest, who was a county agent for what is now the MSU Extension Service.

July 20, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Young Mississippi 4-H leaders will tour six business cooperatives across the state, honing leadership skills in a July 21-23 conference.

Along with their adult leaders, the group includes 46 4-H Congress first-place winners, state 4-H Ambassadors and state 4-H Council officers. They will tour business cooperatives in Mayhew, Greenwood, Scott and Greenville before returning to Mississippi State University.

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.

Mississippi State University Extension community health coordinator Ann Sansing reviews some of the Master Health Volunteer educational material with Annie Williams at the one-year anniversary celebration of the John Wesley Health Education Center in Durant, Mississippi, on July 25, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
July 31, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Leadership, Food and Health, Health, Colon Cancer Screening

DURANT -- A group project in Holmes County is one small town’s effort to end Mississippi’s national reign as the leader in obesity.

Detra Bishop, pastor of the John Wesley United Methodist Church in Durant, just marked the first anniversary of her church’s Health Education Center. She started the center in March 2013, involving people from other churches and a variety of contributing organizations.

Mississippi State University graduate student Alyssa Barrett hands out moringa seeds to participants of an agricultural education workshop in Ghana. Barrett collected data on the effectiveness of the workshop. (Submitted Photo)
July 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Youth Projects, Agriculture, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- People like graduate student Alyssa Barrett are turning the Mississippi State University goal of international outreach into reality.

Barrett, a master’s student in agricultural and Extension education from Wiggins, went to the West African nation of Ghana in March to collect data for her thesis, which is examining the effectiveness of an agricultural education program. In 2013, she traveled to Nigeria to teach the same agricultural program.

Pine Belt Master Gardeners Gerald Good and Margaret Thomas mark the 100th salad table built by the group during a workday in Purvis June 19, 2014. The table will be donated to the University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Sustainability. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
June 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

PURVIS – The Pine Belt Master Gardeners reached a milestone June 19.

The group constructed its 100th salad table, which is designated for donation to the University of Southern Mississippi’s Office of Sustainability. It is one of many the group has donated throughout the last year.

When the Pine Belt Master Gardeners built two raised beds for demonstration at the Mississippi State University Lamar County Extension office in 2013, they did not expect the educational project to become so popular.

April 16, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is tuning up its sewing machines as the requests for sewing classes stack up.

“Everything old is new again,” said Sylvia Clark, family and consumer sciences Extension associate. “There is a renewed interest in sewing, in making clothes and items for the home that reflect a personal sense of style and save money.”

Most schools in Mississippi, like those in many other states, no longer offer sewing classes.

Jerry Don Keith, Tishomingo County Master Gardener, right, helps his grandson Brooks Keith select tomato plants from James Tennyson's inventory at Fairless Hardware Co. in Tishomingo on April 3, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
April 7, 2014 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Jerry Don Keith has been gardening for years, but he had the best garden he’s ever grown after he attended the Master Gardener training last spring.

“I knew I had a lot to learn, but I had no idea that the Master Gardeners would cover so much,” Keith said. “It’s not just about vegetable gardening, but trees, weeds, grass and soil. It’s learning what to do in gardens and yards. Sometimes the little things we learn are the most important.”

March 5, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Volunteer leaders displayed their level of commitment to the state’s youth when they spent two days at Mississippi State University training in how to do their jobs even better.

The annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference was held at the MSU Bost Extension Center in Starkville Feb. 28 to March 1. Mississippi 4-H is the youth development program of the MSU Extension Service. About 200 volunteer leaders attended the event.

January 13, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Leadership, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Graduate students across the Southeast studying natural resources sciences can share research and meet potential employers at an upcoming workshop.

The fourth annual Southeastern Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium is set for March 5-7 at the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources.

January 13, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Leadership


MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences will host local community leaders at an informational meeting to gauge interest in its Japan Outreach Initiative.

The meeting will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 17 in room 210 of the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building on MSU’s Starkville campus.

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