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January 22, 2016 - Filed Under: Fruit

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites grape growers in the state to a pruning workshop to be held Feb. 3 in Beaumont.

The event will cover the basics of vine anatomy and pruning techniques for bunch grapes and muscadines. After the presentations, in-field demonstrations will show participants correct pruning techniques. Novice and seasoned growers are invited to attend.

Land litter washes downstream, so everyone needs to properly dispose of trash and recyclable items to keep Mississippi beautiful. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
January 22, 2016 - Filed Under: Environment

By Beth Baker
Research Associate
MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Litter or trash in streets and roadway ditches is much more than an eyesore, and it continues to be a problem across Mississippi.

January 22, 2016 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Health

By Brittany Jacks
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Creating a healthy balance between work and life is essential to being more productive and focused.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said one of the most important boundaries to have when balancing work and life is accountability with friends and family.

David Buys
January 19, 2016 - Filed Under: Health

 STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two Mississippi State University Extension Service health educators recently took positions on state health boards.

David Buys, Extension health specialist and a researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, accepted an appointment to the board of the Mississippi Public Health Association.

Ann Sansing, Extension community health coordinator and a senior Extension associate in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, was elected to the board of the Mississippi Rural Health Association.

January 19, 2016 - Filed Under: Rural Water Association

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- South Mississippi homeowners in small communities and rural areas without public water supplies can learn how to better manage, operate and protect their private wells during a program in Pearl River County.

The Water Quality and Private Wells workshop, Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., will help Mississippi well owners understand groundwater basics, learn best practices for well care and know where to look for assistance.

SONNET -- Sonnet snapdragons produce multiple large, colorful flower stalks that make excellent cuts. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
January 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

Just as it seems I’m finally settling into the winter color season and noticing how good all the pansies and violas are looking, it’s time to start planning for spring.

Recently I’ve written about the diascia and nemesia, but now is the time to get excited about their more well-known cousin, the snapdragon.

Here is a screenshot of the Android app for beef cattle producers.
January 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Beef, Technology

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- An already popular management tool for beef cattle producers is available to a wider audience in 2016.

Uncontrolled wild fires can be very destructive to people and wildlife. But not all fire is bad. Biologists and land managers recognize prescribed fire -- intentional, controlled and managed burning -- as a valuable tool for creating habitat for many plants and animals.
January 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Forestry, Wildlife

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- It is becoming routine for the nightly news to broadcast video of enormous fires roaring through Western forests, destroying homes and devastating thousands of acres of trees.

Plants growing near an herbicide application site can absorb chemicals from the soil that were intended for another plant.
January 15, 2016 - Filed Under: Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Chemicals are effective tools for managing weeds and unwanted brush in a landscape, but overlooking their potency or staying power frequently causes unwanted plant casualties.

January 14, 2016 - Filed Under: Forestry

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Landowners can learn about the use of prescribed fire to manage their property during a Feb. 19 workshop near Raymond.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council are partnering to offer the event to introduce landowners to the benefits of prescribed burning and how to safely do it.

January 14, 2016 - Filed Under: Crops, Livestock

RAYMOND, Miss. -- The Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 16 in Raymond.

Representatives of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will hear feedback on and direction for their educational programs and research projects.

Agricultural producers served by the center’s 20 southwest county Extension offices and research stations are invited to attend the program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the McKenzie Arena.

Diascias are cheerful plants that produce loads of delicate flowers that cover mounding foliage. This bright pink Diascia will bloom prolifically as long as temperatures are mild. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman)
January 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Since cold weather has finally arrived, the summer color plants are deciding enough is enough. My go-to, cool-season trio of Matrix pansies, Sorbet violas and Telstar dianthuses are glad because they’re tired of sharing the landscape stage with the summer hangers-on.

But before we know it, the siren call of spring will be heard, and the cool-season color will start to wear out its welcome. It will only take a couple of warm days before the spring color plants will start showing up in garden stores, whispering in our ears to buy and take them home.

Sticking to a budget requires a well-thought-out, reasonable spending plan that includes all family or individual expenses. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
January 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Family Financial Management

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Creating a reasonable spending plan and reducing debt should be top priorities when it comes to living a well-budgeted life.

Rita Green, assistant Extension professor and state specialist for financial management in the Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences, said developing a budget helps families establish a vision for their spending.

Participants can learn to create floral arrangements such as this design with native Mississippi foliage at one of four demonstrations offered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service statewide Feb. 15-18. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Jim DelPrince)
January 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Community, Flower Gardens

BILOXI, Miss. -- Individuals interested in floral design or floral marketing can attend one of four floral design demonstrations across the state in February.

Jim DelPrince, floral design specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, will offer the demonstrations as part of the Beautiful Things from Mississippi initiative, an alternative-crops floral design program. The program is intended to bring Mississippi-produced ornamental horticulture products to the early-adopter floral design market in 2017, DelPrince said.

Chander Sharma, a researcher in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, injects a chicken breast with foodborne bacteria. Mississippi State University scientists are testing different compounds to combat bacteria and increase the shelf life of poultry products. (Photo by MSU/Beth Wynn)
January 8, 2016 - Filed Under: Poultry

By Sarah Buckleitner
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Scientists at Mississippi State University are working to rid poultry products of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness before they leave the processing plant.

Foodborne illness is a serious concern among producers, processors and consumers. Each year, a million people in the U.S. contract foodborne illnesses from Campylobacter jejuni, or C. jejuni, common bacteria found in healthy poultry and cattle.

January 8, 2016 - Filed Under: Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi high school juniors considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in an intense and revealing summer program at Mississippi State University.

The five-week Rural Medical Scholars summer program at MSU aims to identify the state’s future primary care doctors and help them become members of the medical school class of 2025. Applications for the May 29 through June 30 program must be submitted by March 11.

Kudzu is one of many invasive species of plants, insects, fish and mammals competing with Mississippi’s native species for resources. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
January 8, 2016 - Filed Under: Fisheries

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Everywhere you look, you can see something that wasn’t originally part of Mississippi’s landscape.

From fire ants that came ashore in the early 20th century to a Eurasian sedge thought to have been transported by visitors to the grave of the Gypsy Queen in a Lauderdale County cemetery, Mississippi has a wide variety of invasive species. Kudzu, Chinese privet, cogon grass, Asian carp, pine beetles and wild hogs are other examples of plants and animals that have invaded Mississippi’s landscape.

January 6, 2016 - Filed Under: Community

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- People can learn about metalsmithing during the annual Forge Day at the Mississippi State University Crosby Arboretum on Jan. 30 in Pearl River County.

Area metal workers will demonstrate techniques for hobbyists and anyone else interested in learning the skill. Some artists will allow adults and children to participate in metal forging. Signed waivers are required, and protective equipment is provided.

Knife sharpening will be available. Products also will be available for purchase.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

January 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Pets

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has awarded the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine a grant to support the college’s Mobile Veterinary Clinics.

The $20,000 grant will help offset some of the expenses incurred as the Mobile Veterinary Clinics travel to 20 north Mississippi animal shelters, where students spay and neuter homeless animals. The program is funded solely by grants and donations.

January 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management

VERONA, Miss. -- Landscape contractors can learn about current practices in lawn maintenance, site design and pest management during an upcoming workshop.

Researchers and specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Turfgrass Association will host the Turf, Lawn and Landscape Road Show Jan. 14 at the MSU North Mississippi Research and Extension Center at 5421 Highway 145 South in Verona.