Extension Matters: Volume 4 Number 3
When retired teacher Billy Tigrett retired for the second time from Walmart, he gave some thought to living off his retirement, social security, and 401K.
He didn’t think about it long.
Ashantis Wigley is forging her future college and career path at Humphreys County High School by sharpening her discipline, drive, and patience through the Mississippi State University 4-H Youth Development program.
Kay Little has always loved maps. As a child, she would spend hours studying an atlas with her father, who drove a truck.
So it was no surprise to her parents when, in the late 1980s, she announced she was going to work toward a college degree in drafting technology to learn how to run software capable of making maps.
After working all day, Deidra Rollins knew the last thing she wanted to do was spend every evening and weekend at the ball field. But she wanted something she and her daughter, Tory, could do together. So she stopped by the local Mississippi State University Extension Service office.
During his tenure as an engineer at Boeing, Ottis Bullock helped build machines that went into the air and to the moon, but he always had an interest in the trees that grew from the ground where he came of age.
Lonnie Fortner was the first row-crop producer in southwest Mississippi to use many of the same precision ag technologies that are now commonplace.
Approximately 500,000 acres of corn were harvested statewide in 2018, including from these Northeast Mississippi rows in Noxubee County.
When Emma Grace McGrew became Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality, a year of exciting experiences awaited the former Prentiss County 4-H’er and self-proclaimed country girl.
Greg Chambers is one Mississippi producer who’s focused on innovating. Whether he’s growing soybeans and wheat on his Prentiss County property or raising cattle and goats on other acres, Chambers is always looking for a better, more efficient way of doing things.
See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program.
When Julia Bailey returned to her native DeKalb in 1992, she wanted to get involved in her community.
When Calhoun County supervisors helped buy a grain bin rescue tube for their fire departments, they hoped no one would ever have to use it
Katelyn Orr helped Cleveland residents get their hearts pumping and burn a few calories during the Community Walk in April.
Harry Dendy of Clinton first joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program in Chickasaw County 62 years ago, when he was 10 years old. Forestry was his main project area.
Message from the Director
The holiday season reminds us all to count our blessings. I am very appreciative of our state legislators’ continued support of Extension. I am grateful for the many Mississippians who work with and learn from Extension. I am thankful for our employees who work to extend knowledge and change lives.
Extension remains productive and responsive to the needs of Mississippi residents, and our work and reputation still represent trustworthy and reliable, research-based education. For these things, I am grateful.
This issue celebrates Extension clients working with and learning from their local Extension agents and specialists. Many Extension volunteers are recognized, including the thousands of Mississippi women who participate in the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer organization. 2018 marks MHV’s 100th anniversary, and a woman from one of the state’s longest operating groups tells why she participates.
A teen with the Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group in Bolivar County is highlighted, and a 4-H volunteer in Adams County tells why she shares knowledge with young 4-H’ers.
Extension continues supporting large production operations, such as Mississippi Sunbelt Ag Expo Farmer of the Year Lonnie Fortner’s acres in Claiborne and Warren Counties, and smaller farms, such as Billy Tigrett’s soybean acres in Prentiss County.
Also hailing from Prentiss County are a cattle producer and an insurance agent commenting on how 4-H is teaching young people the skills they need as adults. A young 4-H’er from Humphreys County explains how the youth development organization is readying her for high school and college.
In addition, a state official from Madison County explains how Extension training has improved her ability to do her job, and a former NASA scientist tells how Extension is helping him to farm trees in South Mississippi.
Finally, a longtime Mississippi 4-H Club Foundation official shares the organization’s journey to merge with the Mississippi State University Foundation to ensure the financial stability of 4-H in years to come.
As we look to the new year, I pledge that Extension will continue its mission to extend knowledge and change lives to improve quality of life for every Mississippian.
Director, MSU Extension Service