Extension Matters: Volume 8 Number 2
The benefits of prescribed burns on Jim Currie’s longleaf pine land in Hancock County were short-lived. He needed something extra to keep the understory vegetation from growing back so quickly.
The Vineyard Pruning Workshop, funded by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium, taught the basics of vine anatomy and pruning techniques for muscadines and bunch grapes. In-field demonstrations showed participants correct pruning techniques in the vineyard.
Deciding to participate in the StartUp Mississippi program led Simpson County native Amber Milloy to success with her own business, Beyond the Arch.
Oktibbeha County native Sanford Johnson has a deep love for his home state that fuels his passion to make Mississippi better.
Brian Andrus irrigated exactly zero times on his Sunflower County farm in 2021. He didn’t even turn on his well.
At Winona Career and Technical Center in Montgomery County, students studying culinary arts participated in the Eating Smart, Being Active program, delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the spring 2022 semester.
Deciding to get involved in 4-H was one of the best decisions Samuel Brown says he ever made.
“Without 4-H, I probably wouldn’t be in this chair right now,” Brown, 18, answers during his interview. “I wouldn’t be talking to you right now.”
The 2022 Sale of Champions generated a preliminary total of $448,500, approximately $40,000 more than last year and the highest ever.
Lillian Clark Edney and Bonita Davenport Reed have been teammates since they were teachers in the Natchez-Adams School District.
Vaunita Martin cares so much about the rural county where she attended Itawamba Community College that she’s made a career out of making it an even better place.
When Carey Williams decides he’s going to do something, he relies on patience, work ethic, and tenacity to find a way to get it done.
Sharing links to popular social media posts and new feeds.
As Mississippi 4-H prepares to launch its HomeGrown Scholarship campaign to generate endowed scholarships for 4-H’ers from every county in the state, 33 4-H’ers on the Mississippi 4-H Leadership Team, representing 19 counties, visited the Capitol in Jackson for 4-H Legislative Day 2022.
Message from the Director
Extension education continues its positive impacts on Mississippi residents, including producers, entrepreneurs, home gardeners, community developers, and young people. This issue of Extension Matters features a diverse range of clients representing all these groups.
They’re telling their stories of profitable success. One farmer shares how implementing Extension’s irrigation program RISER has allowed him to save water and increase profits. An entrepreneur explains how she launched her business after only 30 days of Extension instruction. A home gardener explains why Extension’s vine-pruning workshop has useful, relevant content for anyone interested in growing muscadines or grapes. A community Main Street director explains how Extension’s economic analysis services are helping her grow her county.
Several 4-H’ers from all parts of the state, some in 4-H statewide leadership positions and another, a leader in Lee County, share how 4-H is making a difference in their lives. Finally, a group of teens studying culinary arts learned how to incorporate nutritious choices, food safety, healthy cooking, and physical activity into their everyday routines.
Individually, each of these stories shows driven Mississippians, dedicated to improving their lives and those of the people around them. Collectively, these people show how Extension’s outreach is making a difference, providing education that’s making Mississippians’ lives better.
Director, MSU Extension Service