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November 24, 2021 - Filed Under: Rural Development, AIM for CHangE

DREW, Miss. -- The small Delta town of Drew in the heart of Sunflower County has created a private, public and academic partnership to fight food insecurity.

For its efforts, the town recently received a big new honor, along with funding to advance ongoing health equity improvements. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) last month awarded Drew and nine other communities the 2020–2021 Culture of Health Prize, along with $25,000.

November 22, 2021 - Filed Under: Community, Rural Development

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A team led by a Mississippi State University unit has been recognized on the national level for its contributions to race relations.

The Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) project received the 2021 National Diversity in Extension Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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November 15, 2021 - Filed Under: Rural Development, Rural Health

While National Rural Health Day is celebrated Nov. 18, the Mississippi State University Extension Service works daily to build and maintain this personal and community-level commodity.

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May 7, 2021 - Filed Under: Field Scale Crop Assessment with Drones, Rural Development, Technology

From computer programs that regulate moisture sensors to smartphone apps that allow growers to monitor market data, most facets of agriculture continue their shift to digital platforms. This transition makes reliable internet access no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Despite Mississippi agriculture’s annual economic impact of around $7 billion, broadband infrastructure is in short supply in the state’s densest agricultural hub: the 19-county Mississippi Delta.

April 19, 2021 - Filed Under: Economic Development, Rural Development

John J. Green is bringing a career immersed in Southern sociology and community development to his new position as director of the Southern Rural Development Center headquartered at Mississippi State University.

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Agriculture, Forages, Community, Rural Development, Food and Health, Health, AIM for CHangE, Nutrition
Volume 7 Number 3

Extension/Research Professor Named Co-Investigator on $1 Million Grant

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program recently announced a $1 million research and education grant. 

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Community, Economic Development, Rural Development
Volume 7 Number 3

Extension helps town secure grant funding to land local grocery

From 2017 to 2021, living in Quitman County meant driving nearly an hour to Batesville and back to buy groceries.

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Rural Development, Food and Health, Food, Rural Health
Volume 3 Number 1

Extension food pantry serves rural community 

On Tuesdays and Thursdays before lunch, Robert Jamison is usually exercising with people who have been his neighbors in Lambert for 30 years. The Quitman County Veterans Service Officer also volunteers for a food pantry there that serves about 800 local families every other month. The county does not have a grocery store, but the pantry, since it opened in 2014, has helped people in need.

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Community, Rural Development
Volume 2 Number 3

Lower Delta Partnership teams with Extension to attract more visitors 

When the Lower Delta Partnership coordinator sat down with the Mississippi State University Extension Service county coordinator, the two were meeting for more than just an everyday business lunch.

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Community, Economic Development, Leadership, Rural Development
Volume 6 Number 1

Before Ann Tackett helped establish a farmers market and renovate the old railroad depot building in her town, she just wanted to start a cannery.

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