Extension Matters: Volume 6 Number 1
Patrick Lemoine has been guiding young people for nearly two decades. As a volunteer with the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H youth development program, he’s coached numerous 4-H forestry, poultry, and livestock teams to victories. But his 2019 Rankin County 4-H forestry team’s second-place win at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in August was one of his proudest accomplishments.
Tredell and Anthony Meeks have been riding horses since they were small children. But 6 years ago, they decided they wanted to join 4-H in Holmes County and participate in competitions. “We saw other 4-H members who were doing horse competitions, and we thought it looked like fun,” says 18-year-old Anthony. “We wanted to try it.”
Rice is one of Mississippi’s only commodities to be grown, milled, packaged, sold, and eaten right here in the state. And, for decades, the annual Rice Tasting Luncheon in Cleveland, Mississippi, has allowed local residents to show off their best rice-based dishes at Delta State University in Bolivar County, which produces more than 1.5 million hundredweight of rice annually.
Neal Smith grew up in Picayune in Pearl River County and has lived in Ohio for 27 years. As the chief executive officer and executive secretary for the American Jersey Cattle Association, Smith has been able to stay connected to the reason he joined 4-H as a child—his love of dairy cattle. He first joined 4-H because he wanted to show his Jersey calf at the Pearl River County Fair.
Back in 1991 when she retired, Prentiss County resident Sue K. Honeycutt had figured out that connecting with people in the community leads to great outcomes, both for the giver and the receiver.
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.
In a normal year, Clay Adcock grows 4,000 acres of corn, cotton, and soybeans. But 2019 was anything but normal.
Cousins Tredell and Anthony Meeks brought home top honors at the Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship in Georgia in 2019. The pair has participated in the family pastime since they were small children but decided to join 4-H 6 years ago to meet new people, learn new things, and compete among their peers.
4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y. is Mississippi 4-H’s biggest program. Competitors in the Safe Archery and Firearms Education and Training for Youth program are immersed in essential firearm-safety training to learn maturity, self-discipline, responsibility, and sportsmanship.
Mississippi became the 25th state with a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in February 2018. Since then, state agencies have been working together to protect the state’s deer population.
Turning on a water faucet typically produces a clear and safe product. If that doesn’t happen, there’s trouble.
It was the summer of 2018. Grenada Elementary School teacher Dianne Brewer—a classroom veteran of more than 25 years—was working at the local Yalobusha County library, and she saw a group of 5-year-olds enthusiastically participating in a 4-H LEGO Engineering lesson.
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Drew Sullivan admits his first timber tract would not have fetched an appraiser’s attention, but he usually drove back home from a lumber yard in Kemper County each week with around $150 in his pocket— not bad for a 15-year-old Mississippi boy growing up in the mid-90s.
Working together is a core value for the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development Program. That makes a partnership with Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi a natural fit.
Message from the Director
Extension’s clients are the people of Mississippi, and we are sharing research-based information that will improve their lives. We continue our important role of extending knowledge in youth and community development, conservation awareness, food production, and healthy living. This issue of Extension Matters shares the stories of clients participating in some of our most popular programs, initiatives, and events.
I am very proud of the young people in 4-H. One Grenada teacher has invited Extension into her
classroom to teach 4-H LEGO Engineering, a problem-solving program designed for Cloverbuds, 5- and 6-year-olds in the 4-H youth development program. Plus, two teens explain how the 4-H Horsemanship Program in Hinds County is developing their skills in responsibility, self-discipline, and teamwork. Mississippi’s 4-H Forestry team explains how their volunteer leader prepared them to earn second place at a national competition, the highest ranking ever for our state.
Partnerships with people, organizations, and elected officials are allowing Extension agents and specialists to address community development and natural resource concerns. Extension personnel continue their efforts to record the impacts of the historic floods of 2019 and to assist Delta residents affected by the disaster. Saltillo officials in Lee County have implemented Extension-recommended solutions to address community water quality. The Mississippi Logger of the Year explains how Extension instruction keeps his business on the cutting edge of safety. Finally, officials with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks describe their partnership with Extension to address chronic wasting disease among our state’s white-tailed deer.
Extension community development specialists assisted in Monroe County to ensure the new Aberdeen Farmers Market would be a success, with fresh, nutritious foods available in a family-friendly atmosphere. In Prentiss County, a group of women are supporting the community library and local teachers through a Mississippi Homemaker Volunteer Club, just one of many Extension volunteer programs. Also, for the 29th year, Extension agents, specialists, and associates helped sponsor Bolivar County’s annual Rice Tasting Luncheon to promote Mississippi-grown rice and its many health benefits to hundreds of local residents.
Our learners are at the center of our programs, which we hope to grow with continued legislative support of our land-grant mission. Thank you for reading their stories. We work to expand theseprograms to accomplish the proven land-grant model of extending knowledge and changing lives.
Director, MSU Extension Service