Extension Matters: Volume 7 Number 2
Extension connects landowner experts to identify fossils
The kids who dig in the dirt and rifle through the gravel do grow up, and many of them still keep their eyes on the ground whenever they’re outside. And, if they find an old bone or even a shell from an extinct oyster, they know they’ve found something special.
When her mother signed her up for 4-H in Lee County at the age of 10 with now-retired agents Sherry Smith and Beth Randall Youngblood, Shannon native Alivia Paden Roberts had no idea how influential the program would be in her life. Through participating in project areas such as leadership and public speaking, Roberts gained skills that led to her success. Roberts now works in Washington, D.C., as deputy White House liaison at the United States Department of Justice.
Growers address nutrition and criminal justice shortfalls
Growing vegetables and raising farm animals are demanding endeavors by themselves. Kevin and Teresa Springs are already succeeding at these activities, but their sights are set on combining them with their backgrounds in criminal justice to address greater societal challenges.
Extension Brown Bags flying off shelves in DeSoto County
Mississippi State University Extension agents in DeSoto County are partnering with public librarians throughout the county to distribute Extension Brown Bags to members of the community. Extension has offered a range of educational programs at these libraries, so joining with them to expand the giveaways was a natural choice.
Rural Medical & Science Scholars program provides insight, courage for careers
Zoe Fokakis is on her way to realizing her dream of becoming a physician scientist. That dream was partly fueled by her participation in the Rural Medical & Science Scholars program.
Catfish production continues in Mississippi, and despite labor shortages slowing processing, pond inventories remain strong. Superior Catfish, based in Noxubee County, continues distributing Mississippi-born and bred catfish nationwide.
New municipal clerk uses Extension training to earn promotion
From municipal elections to public-records requests, all official records for the city of Jackson are the responsibility of Angela Harris.
Extension distributes 78,000 masks in Mississippi
When a federal agency made mass shipments of thousands of masks available nationally, the Extension health director in Washington, D.C., Dr. Roger Rennekamp, reached out to his longtime colleague Dr. David Buys, an associate professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
As a farmer for more than 37 years, Dot Fleming understands the law of the harvest. So, when she had the opportunity to channel a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program to the nonprofit of her choice, she immediately chose Calhoun County’s 4-H club. She says she wanted to give back to the program that nurtured her family and that she has supported for years.
Mississippi fresh chef
4-H’er’s recipe appears in national cookbook
When Sydnee Thompson found out the National 4-H Council was putting together a cookbook, she decided to submit one of her family’s favorite recipes.
How one Extension agent influenced generations of community leadership
When Helen M. Taylor left the one-room schoolhouse to integrate a new school in the 1950s, she met someone who would change her life, and the lives of countless others, for decades.
Hummingbird migration information reached more than 400,000 on Facebook, thanks to this post highlighting the featured Extension for Real Life blog post.
Investing in the future
Whether it’s in time, resources, hard work, or even patience, investment is at the center of showing livestock.
Message from the Director
Extension continues its mission of extending knowledge to change lives, and we continue delivering the information people need to make their lives and communities better.
This issue of Extension Matters features two new sections: “Extension in Action” and “Social Media Connection.” “Extension in Action,” featuring DeSoto County in this issue, showcases a county making new connections with clients through innovative approaches. “Social Media Connection” highlights what’s going on across Extension’s social media channels. Consider it an invitation to join the conversation.
Other stories highlight three former 4-H’ers, all in different phases of their adult lives, who share how participating in the youth development program impacted them and prepared them for their careers. One current 4-H’er, whose recipe was recently published in a national 4-H cookbook, explains how 4-H is teaching her about nutrition and other topics.
Other Mississippi residents tell how Extension is answering their pressing questions. When a Noxubee County resident found fossils on his property, Extension connected him with a network of scientists for identification. When a couple decided they wanted to begin a farming operation in Choctaw County, Extension opened its doors, shared information, and created connections.
Extension’s Rural Medical and Science Scholars program for rising high school seniors continues, adapted to pandemic conditions. In this issue, one former participant explains how the program not only solidified her interest in medical science but also convinced her that she wanted to complete her bachelor’s degree here in Mississippi.
Also, a city clerk from Jackson explains how training with Extension prepared her to achieve a top municipal clerk designation, demonstrating her up-to-date knowledge in overseeing elections, managing public-records requests, and informing the public about city ordinances and resolutions.
Even as our great state continues to overcome the many challenges presented by the pandemic, Extension remains here to serve. Whether we are in the office or in the field, we continue to lead by example as we work to make a difference every day in Mississippians’ lives.
Director, MSU Extension Service