Extension Matters: Volume 5 Number 1
On his Rolling Fork farm, Bill Rutherford is living the life he dreamed of as a child. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
For the last few years, Gary Gasaway and Buddy Wiltshire have been nervous during the winter months. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Born in Biloxi, Ashley Ward shines as manager of event promotion for Ducks Unlimited and cohost for Ducks Unlimited TV.
There’s nothing quite like a charming Main Street. Lined with local shops, restaurants, and businesses, these streets are essential to building vibrant communities.
For Mattie and Willie Williams, it’s always been about the children. They first got involved with the MSU Extension Service through 4-H when their children were young. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Logging is more than a job to Drew Massey. It’s in his blood. He is a fifth-generation logger. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Winston 100 Wellness on Wheels cyclists ride through the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge as the sun rises over a cool fall 2018 morning.
Start small, but start today. That’s what Scott Stokes was thinking last year when he brought out his bicycle after a 12-year hiatus and started riding again. A new Mississippi State University Extension Service program encouraged him to get back on track. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
Bug Camp is not a place for kids who are afraid of bugs, warns Ryals Strider.
See What’s New in Extension: Extension Supports University's Community Garden, Extension Appoints New 4-H Staff, Extension Landscape Symposium Honors Professor Emeritus, and Extension's Southern Gardener Opens Little Free Garden
Foreman Matthew Ellis is responsible for keeping the grounds of the Biloxi National Cemetery in shape. But it’s more than just a job to him.
When she came to her first Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers meeting in 1968, Rae Clarke accompanied her aunt, Versie Manning, who insisted Clarke come to the Thanksgiving party.
After growing up on a family sweet potato farm, Jamie Earp left thinking farming just wasn’t for him. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
David Fulgham did not hesitate to show his support for the Mississippi State University Extension Service Plant Pathology Diagnostic Lab when his chance came.
Message from the Director
With another spring planting about to begin and 2019 off to a great start, I want to update you on what’s happening in Extension.
Human interaction is the foundation of Extension. Even with the explosion of digital devices and social media, Extension’s work with local Mississippians is built on face-to-face instruction, human interaction, and healthy relationships. We’re using the technology already at our fingertips, including smartphones and other devices, to teach, share knowledge, and solve problems.
This issue of Extension Matters features a few of the people working with the Extension agents, associates, faculty, professionals, and staff who come together to deliver the educational programs Mississippians trust.
The mayor of Belmont explains how Extension expertise enabled him to avoid implementing a tax increase to ensure clean water in his community. Also, a photo essay shows four Mississippi towns in four different stages of the community-development process to highlight the continuing partnerships Extension maintains with Mississippi Main Street Association officials representing towns of all sizes across the state.
A new Extension wellness program, piloted in Winston County, delivered impressive results when each participant lost weight following the 5-week implementation. Additionally, a couple discusses why they continue participating in various Extension family and consumer sciences programs. A Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer with 50 years of service shares why she keeps giving and sharing year after year.
Extension agricultural agents and specialists continue serving a range of producers, from sweet potato to beef cattle and everyone in between. Whether partnering with the Professional Arborists Association of Mississippi to care for trees at a veterans’ cemetery or assisting an individual tree farmer, Extension professionals with natural resources expertise are reaching audiences in person, in real time.
We’re seeing enrollment growth in our 4-H youth development program, and also, in 2018, we had our largest state 4-H Congress in history. 4-H’ers from all over the United States are coming to Bug Camp, the only 4-H entomological camp for children in the world. Finally, a former 4-H’er explains how her years participating in 4-H prepared her for her current role with Ducks Unlimited in Memphis.
Our Extension family has built trust across Mississippi because we’re taking valid research and transferring it through educational programs to the people of this great state. I continue to be excited about the future of Extension, and working with you is a real pleasure.
Director, MSU Extension Service