Extension Matters: Volume 9 Number 3
Stafford Shurden’s weather station is ideal for monitoring conditions on his row crop farm, but he uses it even more during hunting season than growing season.
The Excellence in Tourism Leadership Program is training volunteers, employees, and board members involved in Mississippi’s tourism sector and related organizations as they build networks with fellow tourism professionals.
Problem-solving. Communication. Teamwork.
Civic education can teach all these skills—and they’re required for effective government.
If you hear a guitar being strummed at a Mississippi 4-H event, there’s a good chance Jones County 4-H’er Cody McFetridge is the young man playing it. An aspiring musician, McFetridge has been an active 4-H’er since 2017 when he started participating in Wayne County 4-H.
Gaddis & McLaurin might sound more like the name of a law firm than a general store, but the name is synonymous with all manner of dry goods in the Hinds County community of Bolton and has been since the 1870s.
Building bridges. Programming robots. Presenting research.
Hundreds of Mississippi 4-H’ers looked for new solutions and ways to improve at the 2023 4-H Junior STEAM Day.
The StoryWalk and colorful word art now installed in downtown Belzoni are giving Rosemary Williams a new opportunity for the children she cares for at Rosemary’s Daycare and Learning Center.
When the Mississippi State University Extension Service started organizing 4-H Kayaking Clubs, Kim Gowdy, Extension agent in Jackson County, was convinced it would be a great fit for local youth.
When Johnny O. Scott was approached 5 years ago about volunteering to lead a group of young people interested in practicing archery, he jumped at the chance.
Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, and so is knowing where your food comes from, how to grow it yourself, and how to harvest and prepare it. Veteran educator Jana Everett believes children need to learn all these lessons.
“Slow down. Relax. Focus. Find your balance. Imagine your problems are the arrow, but you are the bow. The string is God’s power, handling all the work. The bow holds the string that shoots the arrow.”
Dr. Jim DelPrince is taking care of what matters this holiday season, and you can too!
She grew up in the 4-H youth development program in Indiana, and her husband was in Ohio 4-H. Fast-forward a few years, and Inez Saum became a volunteer leader for Mississippi 4-H.
Message from the Director
First, I am honored to serve you as the new director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. I am strongly committed to Extension’s mission and the mission of the land-grant system. Our role is to create meaningful connections between the research MSU is conducting and the people who need it most.
I have been an Extension faculty member in row crop entomology since 2002, prior to transitioning into an administrative role in 2020 as the associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. I also served as the interim head of the Central Research and Extension Center over the last year. Throughout my career in Extension, I worked on new ways to educate and inspire others, serving regional, statewide, and national stakeholders.
Now, I look forward to strengthening Extension’s relationships with our clientele across the state. My goal is to continue to create novel ways to deliver relevant educational programming to every citizen of Mississippi. I am committed to working hard, listening to the needs of our stakeholders, and taking care of what matters.
Dr. Angus Catchot
Director, MSU Extension Service