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November 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Economic Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A Nov. 16 workshop will teach manufacturers how to serve their customers better.

Mississippi State University’s Value Stream Mapping workshop is a one-day course that will teach manufacturers how to make their work flow more efficiently and eliminate unnecessary steps by mapping their work processes.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop will be held in the Renasant Center in Tupelo. The $40 registration fee covers lunch and materials.

MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute experts will teach the mapping concept, first used by Toyota.

November 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Forages

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Those with an interest in forage production and grasslands will find topics that appeal to them at a Nov. 17 Mississippi State University conference.

The 2010 Mississippi Forage and Grassland Conference will focus on forage production systems and economic sustainability. The event will run from registration at 7:30 a.m. until wrap-up at 4:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville.

November 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Livestock, Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Quality beef cattle will move through the auction ring in the annual fall sale when Mississippi State University markets 44 lots of cattle from research herds.

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and MSU’s Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences will host the 28th annual Livestock Production Sale of bulls and bred heifers on Nov. 18.

November 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The staff at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Sales Store, located on Mississippi State University’s campus, is gearing up for a busy holiday season and encouraging patrons to place orders now.

Customers should place their orders by early to mid-November for Christmas delivery.

November 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Response, Family

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Last spring Mississippi suffered two catastrophes. On April 20, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing four Mississippians and causing immeasurable damage to the Gulf Coast ecosystem and economy. A few days later, a massive tornado ripped roofs from homes and businesses in Yazoo and Choctaw counties, leaving a death toll of 10. Paula Threadgill wanted to do something to help her home state. As a Mississippi State University Extension professor, she was well positioned for community outreach.

November 4, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- While it may not be an obvious choice, many veterinarians follow a career path that takes them into the military, which has a great demand for their specialized services.

Dr. Misty Jarvis Looney is a major in the Air National Guard and a graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s class of 2004.

“I’ve always had a desire to serve in the military,” Looney said. “I started as a welder in the Navy when I was 18 and spent eight years there.”

Pansies come in a virtual rainbow of colors, ranging from yellow and purple to blue and white.
November 3, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Winter is right around the corner, and many Mississippians are starting to put their gardens to bed, waiting for the warm days of early spring. But just because it is getting colder doesn’t mean we must have drab landscapes. Now is the perfect time to put some winter color in gardens, and I’m not talking about ornamental cabbage and kale.

I am sure you have seen brightly colored pansies while visiting your favorite garden center, and those pansies are a great way to add color to your winter garden. They are tough, cold tolerant, and flower almost nonstop.

Mississippi growers will have a good crop of trees to sell this holiday season. Most choose-and-cut farms will open on Thanksgiving Day, and the rest will be open by the Saturday after Thanksgiving. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
October 29, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Christmas Trees

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

VERONA -- With less than a month to go, Mississippi’s Christmas tree growers are counting down the days to what may shape up as a great year.

The trees mature enough for sale have good color and have filled out nicely, despite periods of dry weather statewide and too much rain in some areas of the state.  Most species of Christmas trees grown in Mississippi take five years to mature, which makes one-fifth of a grower’s crop marketable each year if new seedlings are planted after the holiday season.

Dan Batson, owner of GreenForest Nursery, visits with Patricia Knight, head of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center, at the 2010 Ornamental Horticulture Field Day. (Photo by Cheree Franco)
October 28, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Lawn and Garden

By Cheree Franco
MSU Ag Communications

POPLARVILLE - Dan Batson and Mississippi State University have been collaborating on horticulture projects for more than 30 years, beginning in the late 1970s when Batson entered the university as an undergraduate horticulture student.

Calhoun County youth have an opportunity to learn the art of sewing through a new 4-H club named "A Stitch in Time." Operating the new computerized sewing machines donated by Singer Co. and "Heirlooms Forever" of Tupelo are, from left, Keyonia McGuirt of Pittsboro and Taylor Liles of Calhoun City. Observing is Hannah Long of Calhoun City. (Photo by Scott Corey)
October 28, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

PITTSBORO – Sewing is no longer passé for Calhoun County youth after Extension 4-H agent Trent Barnett discovered both boys and girls were intrigued by the craft.

Several 4-H members had seen sewing items displayed at the county fair and wanted to explore the lost art further. Livestock exhibitors, frustrated by the lack of blankets available for show goats, wanted to learn how to make the blankets themselves.

Participants in a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station research project rate steaks displayed in Mississippi State University's Junction. The research team was gauging the public's willingness to pay extra for a thicker, heartier steak. (Photo by MSU Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion/Jason Behrends)
October 28, 2010 - Filed Under: Beef, Family, Food

By Justin Ammon
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

MISSISSIPPI STATE – W. Harris of Starkville takes his time when searching for steaks to feed his family. He carefully inspects the meat at the grocery store and often ends up with a pack of thin-cut New York strips.

“The strips make my family happy,” Harris said. “You can see the juice in that cut before it’s even cooked.”

October 27, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Agricultural consultants, certified crop advisers and others working in the field of agronomy can take part in an upcoming free educational meeting led by Mississippi State University researchers, faculty and Extension personnel.

Continuing education credits will be available at the Mississippi meeting of the American Society of Agronomy on Nov. 17 in the Grenada County Extension Office. Registration is due by Nov. 12.

These window boxes placed on a stepladder-type stand allow gardeners to water and harvest without bending over. This model is one example of an accessible garden design. (Photo by Gary Bachman)
October 27, 2010 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Gardening is consistently listed as one of this country’s most popular hobbies and can give joy and satisfaction to the gardener in return for the work involved. But gardening can be frustrating for gardeners who have physical limitations.

Today, gardeners with mobility issues have more alternatives and tools than ever before, and their options increase every day. The Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs this past weekend featured an exhibit that highlighted ways to make the garden more accessible.

October 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Livestock, Beef

POPLARVILLE – The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host a field day Nov. 9 to provide information to help beef producers improve their business opportunities.

The White Sand Beef Cattle Field Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the White Sand Experiment Station. There is no cost to attend, and anyone involved with the beef cattle industry is invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.

October 26, 2010 - Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Northern Bobwhite Quail

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young hunters will learn about quail hunting and conservation at an upcoming daylong event in Lowndes County.

Quail Forever is organizing the Nov. 13 event with help from the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Applications for the limited openings are due by Nov. 1.

Participation is free and open to youth ages 12 to 18. Lunch will be provided.

The newly renovated and renamed Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building at Mississippi State University was dedicated on Oct. 23. Vance Watson, left, one of the buildings' namesakes, receives a photo of the building from MSU president Mark Keenum. (Photo by MSU University Relations/Russ Houston)
October 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Homecoming activities at Mississippi State University Oct. 23 included a dedication ceremony for a recently renovated campus landmark, which now has both a new look and a new name.

The event celebrated the addition of the name of retired MSU administrator Vance H. Watson to the campus' home of agricultural programs since 1929.

October 25, 2010 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The headline speaker for the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Human-Animal Bond Lecture Series will help participants envision a world where humans and wildlife can better coexist.

Dr. Michael Hutchins, director and CEO of The Wildlife Society, will give his keynote address, “Adventures at the Human-Wildlife Interface,” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the CVM auditorium on MSU’s main campus.

Mississippi pecan growers should see average yields as they begin harvesting the 2010 crop. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
October 22, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Nuts

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Although Mississippi pecan growers’ hopes for high yields were dashed by lack of rain, they still anticipate having a good crop to sell.

Pecans fill out between late August and the end of September. Timely rains are necessary for nutmeat to fully develop, but Mississippi did not get those rains this year, said David Ingram, plant pathologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Bill Wooten, owner of Missiana Produce in Bruce, prepares sweet potatoes for shipment. He is using the MarketMaker program to help find new ways to market his products. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
October 21, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agri-business, Technology, Agricultural Economics

By Karen Templeton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s specialty businesses are finding a quick and easy virtual connection to consumers through a newly expanded computer mapping tool.

Mississippi State University completed a three-year study of how turfgrass varieties perform in cemetery settings. These fake headstones dot the turf at the research plot on MSU's R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center. (Photo by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment station/Wayne Philley)
October 21, 2010 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Turfgrass and Lawn Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University researchers found it takes a special kind of turf to keep a cemetery looking nice without frequent maintenance.

Wayne Philley, an agronomist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, was the lead researcher on a three-year study that examined turf’s performance and maintenance requirements in a cemetery setting.