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    "Any time I can take one of Extension’s hands-on florist workshops, I do it. I’ve learned how to be more intentional in my designs, how to execute them more professionally, and how to make each one unique."

    - MISSY BRANDON
    owner and florist at Wild Flowers in Tishomingo County

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    "Extension is very important to small businesses. With the Bricks to Clicks program, we went from basically no growth in a year to looking over the next 3 years and tripling our volume."

    - Kenneth Thomas
    owner of Umble Coffee
    in Oktibbeha County

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    "When I started in 4-H public speaking, I was nervous, but I knew I could do it. Now, I really love it. It has given me skills some of my classmates don’t have."

    - Jacob Turner
    Washington County 4-H’er

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    "Extension professionals see things I don’t see, because they’re trained in a different discipline from what I am. For the soils on my farm, they had suggestions on how to improve what I was doing."

    - Sledge Taylor
    owner of Buckeye Farms in Panola County

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    "As a volunteer, I noticed people in my community experiencing food insecurity. I knew I needed to start a food pantry. Extension helped me find resources and partners to start the H.O.P.E. Family Enrichment Center—to give people hope."

    - Yvett Roby
    director of Mississippi State University Office of Survivor Support

Soil testing boxes full of soil waiting to be tested.
Soil testing is the best way to know if and what kind of fertilizer your lawn or garden need. Early fall is one of the best times to test your soil.
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Mighthy Skillet Meal cooking in a skillet on the stove.
This simple meal feeds a hungry crowd in a hurry.
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Combine driving on the road.
Slow down, be observant, and give farm equipment some space on the road during harvest season (Photo by MSU Extension)
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Missy Brandon, owner and florist at Wild Flowers

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