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Three bags of frozen vegetables sit on a counter.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Health, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As workplaces implement social distancing measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, some Mississippians face the frightening reality of lost or reduced income.

Many families will need to stretch their budgets a little more, and cooking at home can help.

A labeled zip-top bag of Orange Teriyaki Chicken in the freezer.
March 31, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

As cases of COVID-19 increase around the country, many families are practicing social distancing to protect themselves and others. This likely means you are cooking at home more and are trying to limit your trips to the grocery store. 

So, if you are cooking with more frozen items, check out these tasty recipes that have been featured on the Extension for Real Life blog!

Tiny, purple eggplants grow on a vine.
March 30, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of people are working and sheltering at home. Although no one even heard of it a year ago, social distancing is a crucial step in reducing the transmission of this very contagious and dangerous virus.

Gardening is the perfect social distancing activity.

Cabin fever can set in with everyone trying to stay home, and some people may think this cure may be worse than the disease. It is definitely not, and gardening can help make it enjoyable.

A white chicken sits on the ground in a poultry house.
March 30, 2020 - Filed Under: Poultry, Coronavirus

The strict biosecurity measures already practiced in Mississippi’s $2.7 billion poultry industry allow this “essential critical infrastructure workforce” to continue business as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 - Filed Under: About Extension, County Extension Offices, Poultry, Coronavirus, Forestry

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Necessary restrictions on travel and gatherings are affecting how the Mississippi State University Extension Service operates, but its ability to respond to the needs of its clients, the public and state agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic continues uninterrupted.

Extension’s roles during crises are many: emergency management, local level assistance, support for the state’s agricultural industry, and dissemination of public information and education.

A woman reaches for a plant on an outdoor shelving unit.
March 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Coronavirus

Mississippi State University Extension experts join the chorus of voices urging all people to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying this is crucial for older adults.

A bowl of various fruits
March 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Coronavirus

RAYMOND, Miss. – As people reduce trips to the grocery store to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, older adults should pay special attention to what they put in their pantries. 

“As we age, we don’t need as many calories, but we still need the same amount of nutrients or more of certain nutrients,” said Qula Madkin, an Extension instructor of nutrition in the MSU Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion. “Maintaining a nutritious diet helps our body systems work properly, including our immune system.”

A carpet of tiny green and purple plants fill garden trays.
March 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

With much of our workforce telecommuting from home and with school suspended or cancelled for the kids, cabin fever has already become an issue for many households.

peanut butter chocolate granola squares on a blue-gray plate
March 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Looking for a fun recipe that you can make with your kids? These no-bake treats are loaded with fiber, use ingredients you probably have on hand in your pantry, and are a terrific homemade snack.  

March 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Livestock, Cattle Business in Mississippi Articles, Coronavirus

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host a free webinar to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on cattle markets March 26 at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Agricultural economists Josh Maples of MSU and Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University Extension will discuss the current situation and answer questions submitted by participants.

A child uses a colored pencil to write on a sheet of paper.
March 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Family, Family Dynamics, Coronavirus

COVID-19 turned millions of families into homeschoolers who suddenly must decide how to structure learning for their students.

A close-up of a dish of Quick Taco-Mac.
March 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety, Coronavirus, Nutrition

As cases of COVID-19 grow around the country, many families are practicing social distancing to protect themselves and others.

This likely means people will be making fewer trips to the grocery store, cooking at home and using their freezers.

A graph showing the number of cases of coronavirus with and without protective measures
March 18, 2020 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Coronavirus

“Flattening the curve” is an important concept in discussions about the coronavirus, but what does it really mean?

“Flattening the curve” refers to the lines on a graph documenting the number of cases compared to the timespan of an outbreak.  Normally, when a virus or illness hits a community, there is an early peak in cases (the number of people who get sick), and then the rate of infection slows down, causing the peak to drop. But if that first peak is high, the number of people needing treatment can overwhelm the healthcare system.

Bowl of Taco-mac, ground beef and macaroni dish.
March 12, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

The Food Factor crew loves quick and easy weeknight recipes, especially if they have a little kick. This Quick Taco-Mac is a one-skillet meal that you can adjust to suit your own taste preferences.

Pair of hands holding the power cord and an unplugged smart phone.
March 10, 2020 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Technology, Health, Coronavirus

Smartphones and tablets are a source of germs. Most of us know to wash our hands, but when was the last time you cleaned your smartphone?

A bowl of salad with shrimp on top.
February 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food, Food Safety

Meal planning and prepping is all the craze these days. It’s one of the easiest ways to be intentional about what you eat and helps you stick to a healthy diet. It’s also a great way for you to save time and moneyMeal planning and prepping is all the craze these days. It’s one of the easiest ways to be intentional about what you eat and helps you stick to a healthy diet. 

February 24, 2020 - Filed Under: Community, Food and Health

A Mississippi State University Extension Service educator has been selected to participate in the nation’s second oldest statewide leadership training program aimed at strengthening Mississippi’s quality of life.

Corn chowder in colorful bowl
February 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Who says soup takes a long time to cook? When it’s cold outside and you want a quick, satisfying soup for supper, try this Ten-Minute Corn Chowder. I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors, and it features ingredients I usually have on hand. I like to stock up on frozen corn kernels when they’re on sale and toss them in a variety of wintery stews and soups.

Woman in a green dress with a bag around her shoulder stands in front of a gate holding a laptop computer.
February 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Extension Program Priorities, City and County Government, SNAP-Ed, Rural Health

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Once every decade, Mississippians have the chance to make a difference at the local, state and national levels.

Participating in the U.S. Census has a large impact on daily life. Being underrepresented as a state leads to reduced representation in Congress and less federal funding for education, infrastructure, emergency response and wellness programs. In short, there are long-term negative effects of not participating in the census.

berry cobbler in a bowl.
February 12, 2020 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Food

Most of us think of using the slow cooker for soups, stews, or budget-friendly cuts of meat, but the slow cooker can also make desserts!

Fruit-based desserts help keep your sweet treats on the healthier side through fiber, vitamins, and natural sugars. This recipe comes together very quickly and if you buy berries on sale, you’ll typically have the ingredients on hand for last-minute get-togethers. And it makes your house smell wonderful!

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