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Feature Story from 2014

July 24, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Parents aren’t the only ones who struggle with time management anymore; school children are finding it more difficult to squeeze in all the things they want to do each day.

Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the beginning of the school year is a great time to make a time management plan.

July 28, 2014 - Filed Under: Fruit

CARRIERE -- The 2014 Muscadine Field Day in Pearl River County on Aug. 23 will allow growers to learn from Mississippi State University researchers and examine the grape vines growing at the MSU McNeill Research Unit.

The event will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the MSU research facility near Carriere. Participants will get to examine the fruit on the vines and hear speakers from MSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service.

Timely topics related to muscadine grapes include cultivars, best production practices, and insects and disease.

From left, Dr. Maria Perez Hernandez, a veterinary resident at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Lauren Dabney, a third-year doctor of veterinary medicine student, spent months helping Dirty learn to walk again. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
July 29, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Pets

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When John and Paula Cormane took their dog to the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, they could only hope he would be able to walk back out the same doors they carried him through.

A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners
July 29, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife

RAYMOND -- A new book should provide private landowners with a comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to current land management techniques for fisheries and wildlife.

Adam T. Rohnke, a certified wildlife biologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, served as managing editor for “Fish and Wildlife Management: A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners.”

Wild pig herds, such as this one, cause significant damage in a short amount of time by rooting the land. (File photo by USDA APHIS/Carol Bannerman)
July 29, 2014 - Filed Under: Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University scientists are conducting research to determine the economic impact of wild hog damage to agriculture in Mississippi.

Bronson Strickland and Jessica Tegt, Extension wildlife biologists in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are asking farmers and foresters to participate in the study.

July 30, 2014 - Filed Under: Food

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A Mississippi State University food science doctoral student, received top honors at the Institute of Food Technologists’ Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

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.

August 1, 2014 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Movie fans can enjoy three free Japanese films at an upcoming series at Mississippi State University’s Bost Extension Center.

The Japan Outreach Program at MSU is presenting the comedy “ROBO-G” on Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m., the animated adventure “Brave Story” on Sept. 12 from 5-7 p.m., and the drama “Always: Sunset on Third Street 3” on Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m.

August 4, 2014 - Filed Under: Community, Economic Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Business owners eager to capitalize on the power of technology can attend a free series of webinars scheduled for this fall.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Development Authority’s Entrepreneur Center have partnered to offer four sessions about web-based services and strategies.

Senior animal and dairy science majors Kelsey Hart, left, of Nesbit and Karley Parker of Ellisville measure a Holstein calf at the Mississippi State University Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, in a file photo from the fall of 2013. (Photo by MSU Office of Public Affairs/Megan Bean)
August 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Livestock, Dairy

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Everyone needs friends to improve their quality of life, even dairy calves.

In a study on the effects of housing types, Mississippi State University scientists found that dairy calves develop better when raised in pairs. Stephanie Ward, a dairy management and nutrition scientist in the MSU-based Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said this research should provide insight for dairy farmers who practice grass-based dairying.

Sunscreen, shade and other precautions help keep children safe while they enjoy the sun. (Photo by MSU Human Sciences/Alicia Barnes)
August 6, 2014 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Summer means fun in the sun, but young children need extra protection against the dangers associated with being outside too long.

With average summer temperatures in Mississippi in the 90s, safety precautions are required to protect children while they play.

August 6, 2014 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- While many students took a break this summer from the rigors of college life, one Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student spent her time researching amoeba-related diseases.

Some producers of winter wheat, such as this wheat grown during the 2013-2014 season at the Mississippi State University R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center, are eligible for a Supplemental Coverage Option in addition to their crop insurance policies. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
August 8, 2014 - Filed Under: Wheat

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Winter wheat producers in five Mississippi counties can add a Supplemental Coverage Option to their crop insurance for 2015.

Growers in Bolivar, Coahoma, Sunflower, Tallahatchie and Washington counties are eligible for the Supplemental Coverage Option that was authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014.

August 8, 2014 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The National Association of County Agricultural Agents recognized six Mississippi State University Extension Service experts for their skill in connecting with clients.

MSU personnel won top honors in four of the 14 categories in the association’s Communications Awards Program.

August 8, 2014 - Filed Under: About Extension, Agriculture

By Sid Salter
MSU Office of Public Affairs

August 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Fruit

GOODMAN -- Fruit and vegetable growers can learn about extended production methods, risk management and insurance during an Aug. 15 field day in Goodman.

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm will host the field day.

Mississippi State University student Madeline Hawes of Sikeston, Missouri, receives a design critique at July's American Institute of Floral Designers symposium in Chicago from Hitomi Gilliam, an internationally renowned floral artist. (Photo by MSU Plant and Soil Sciences/Jim DelPrince)
August 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Some students realize there is more to a college education and preparing for future careers than just going to classes.

Five Mississippi State University students on the floral design team recently took part in a competition and symposium revealing insights into the variety of paths their careers could take.

Five horticulture majors -- Madeline Hawes, Renee Wright, Jena Koren, Kailie Dunlap and Camille Tedder -- competed in the Student Design Competition of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in Chicago in July.

Jason Krutz, an irrigation specialist at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center, reviews different types of moisture meters available to help farmers determine irrigation timing. Krutz took part in the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center's Agronomic Row Crops Field Day in Verona, Mississippi, on Aug. 7, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
August 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops

VERONA -- Row-crop farmers and agricultural consultants heard reports on some of the challenges researchers are studying at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center during the Aug. 7 field day.

Irrigation decisions, variety selections, planting dates, crop residue management and tillage were a few of the issues addressed.

Guy Ray, president of Pleasant Lake Plantation, looks over grasslands on the property on July 31, 2014. He has implemented numerous conservation land management practices to make the Leflore County, Mississippi, plantation a model of sustainability and functionality. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
August 11, 2014 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Farming, Timber Harvest, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Conservation land management practices have made the Pleasant Lake Plantation in Leflore County a model of sustainability and functionality.

Pleasant Lake has about 1,700 acres near Greenwood. The plantation includes about 500 acres in row crop production, 600 acres in timber, 110 acres in Conservation Reserve Program grassland, along with a 50-acre lake and lowlands that are prone to flooding.

August 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University’s Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts recently announced the addition of two new staff members to address the growing challenge of controlling the state’s wild hog population.


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