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News By Department: MSU Extension- Chickasaw County

Chickasaw County 4-H members placed in the top 10 in consumer decision making at the Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver. Team members (from left) Shelby Abrams, Gracie Vickers, Lessie Vickers and Gage Vanlandingham earned sixth high point team overall, third high team overall, and eighth high team in overall reasons and overall group think. Vickers also placed second in individual high points. They are joined by Mississippi State Extension Service program associate Angie Abrams. (Submitted photo)
January 25, 2018 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

Mississippi 4-H teams and individual members recently landed several top 10 finishes in a variety of categories when they competed in the Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver.

On Nov. 6, 2014, Austin Edwards, a Mississippi State University senior graphic design major from Gulfport, explains his concept in class for a new brand image for Earp Farms in Houlka. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
November 14, 2014 - Filed Under: Agri-business, Community, Family, Agricultural Economics

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Jamie Earp operates a successful sweet potato farm in Chickasaw County, but he chose to work with a graphic design class at Mississippi State University to develop a new brand image.

Fifteen graphic art students in Suzanne Powney’s advanced print production class got to work with an actual client as they learned their craft. They completed the service-learning project with Earp.

Chickasaw County Master Gardener President John Walden, left, visits with "EXPRESS Yourself" artist Amanda Williams of Ackerman during the Art in the Park event in downtown Houston. Judy Duncan and Barbara Boydston of the T.K. Martin Center at Mississippi State University brought artwork and clients to the event, which was co-sponsored by the Master Gardeners, the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers and the MSU Alumni Association's Chickasaw County chapter. (Photo by Scott Corey)
October 20, 2011 - Filed Under: Community, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

HOUSTON -- When Chickasaw County Extension director Scott Cagle brought Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers to Starkville, they were amazed by the services and artwork they saw at the T.K. Martin Center at Mississippi State University.

On the drive home, the group decided their community needed to learn about the center, which connects people with disabilities with assistive technologies.

Mississippi State University vice president Greg Bohach, center, gives a listening ear to farming issues important to James Earnest, left, and Doil Moore, owners of Prospect Produce Farm in Chickasaw County. Bohach, MSU vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine, visited several farms to hear firsthand reports of how MSU is helping farmers and how the division can help them more in the future. (Photo by Scott Corey)
August 1, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming
Doil Moore, left, gets a closer look at young tomatoes on Prospect Produce Farm in the Sonora Community, south of Houston. Moore and his business partner, James Earnest, have been selling locally grown fruits and vegetables since 2009.
June 16, 2011 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Farming

HOUSTON – Two Chickasaw County farmers are discovering it takes a village to raise a crop.

Doil Moore and James Earnest have been business partners for more than two decades, but their latest adventure requires an extensive network of advisors to guide them through each challenge. In 2009, they started a small produce business on 3 acres in Houston. Thanks to advice from Mississippi State University specialists and other producers, they have expanded their acreage, crops and markets in 2011.