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June 18, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Livestock

PONTOTOC -- Growers, crop consultants and other agriculture professionals in north Mississippi can learn about the latest crop research and emerging technologies during a July 11 field day.

Researchers and specialists with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station at 8320 Highway 15 South.

Melanie Barnett (far right), a second-year veterinary student at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, teaches young people enrolled in the college's Vet Camp how to perform a physical examination on a dog. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

Students interested in veterinary school had an opportunity to get an inside look at the profession during the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Camp.

During the recent three-day camp, 13- to 16-year-olds attended labs taught by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and participated in hands-on workshops.

June 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

JACKSON -- Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in late July and August to landowners, hunters, and professionals working with Mississippi’s white-tailed deer populations.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the College of Forest Resources, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will offer the two-day workshops in Starkville and Biloxi.

Vitex is a flowering shrub or small tree that blooms for at least six weeks in Mississippi's summer. Its brilliant flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
June 17, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

Since it is June, the vitex have begun flowering, and these brilliant blooms are causing many gardeners and nongardeners alike to stop and take notice.

The flowering period for vitex begins in late May on the Gulf Coast and moves on up to north Mississippi in the following weeks. The main flowering period lasts up to six weeks, but flowering continues sporadically for the rest of the summer.

Blueberry grower George Traicoff examines some of his DeSoto County acreage on June 12, 2013. Cooler spring temperatures delayed his crop on the Nesbit Blueberry Plantation, which will open to the public about June 25. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
June 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Fruit, Commercial Horticulture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Late-spring cold snaps and untimely freezes have delayed harvests and reduced yields for Mississippi’s 2013 blueberry crop.

George Traicoff of Hernando runs a family owned and operated you-pick operation in DeSoto County. He started Nesbit Blueberry Plantation with 6,000 plants in 1984, and today his family tends 16,000 plants.

June 14, 2013 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – She is new to Mississippi State University, but her professional track record is well known across the country.

Georgia Murphy (center) observes a friendly card game between Florence Romero (left) and Bobbie Potts at the senior center on May 21, 2013, in Starkville, Miss. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
June 13, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Rural Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Several Mississippi communities are taking on projects designed to help senior adults keep their independence and improve their health.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has challenged communities to assess the resources they offer senior adults and is helping them develop a plan to strengthen and add to those resources.

June 13, 2013 - Filed Under: About Extension

RAYMOND -- Mississippi State University will honor the memory of longtime employee Frank T. “Butch” Withers Jr. by naming the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond after him.

Former colleagues, friends and family members will gather at the center at 10:30 a.m. July 10 for a naming ceremony. The event will conclude with a luncheon at noon. The public is invited to attend.

June 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Pets

JACKSON -- Whether families head to the local park or an out-of-town destination, veterinarians advise them this summer to take steps to ensure pets stay safe and healthy as they travel.

Dr. Joey Burt, assistant clinical professor and director of the Animal Health Center at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said before setting out on any trip, pet owners should make sure their pets are comfortable with riding in an automobile. Burt suggested taking pets on short trips to gauge their tolerance.

June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s new livestock judging team coach invites young people and coaches interested in sharpening their livestock judging skills to one of two camps.

June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Preparing for the 2013 hurricane season is wise, even if no major storm strikes the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Susan Cosgrove, an area family resource management agent in Newton County with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the steps taken to prepare for a hurricane will help whenever an unexpected disaster strikes.

Amazon dianthus, such as these Neon Cherry selections, tolerate summer temperatures and look great in the landscape. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

If you’re looking for a plant that is attractive now but looks its best in the cooler months, you may be interested in the Dianthus. This is a group of versatile flowering plants that look good year-round.

Dianthus is called by many names, but the common name “pink” really is a good description. Colors include pink and red, but there are also nice white and lavender selections.

Cotton, such as these plants growing June 4, 2013, on Mississippi State University's R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Facility, is off to a late start in Mississippi. Since Memorial Day, Mississippi growers more than doubled the acreage they had been able to plant in the previous weeks. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
June 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Cotton

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A week of mostly ideal weather allowed Mississippi producers to more than double the acreage planted in cotton, but they remain behind schedule with this year’s crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the cotton crop went from 36 to 77 percent planted in the week ending June 2, and many days were favorable since then. The state typically has 93 percent of its cotton acreage planted by this time, but the situation is not quite as bleak as it had been.

Chelsea McIntosh takes a blood sample from a patient with assistance from Sandra Bulla and Dr. Kari Lunsford. Scientists at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are studying the role of platelets in diagnosing canine cancer. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A group of veterinarians at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working to better understand cancer in dogs, work that will likely also advance knowledge of human cancer.

MSU scientists said there is little difference between cancerous tumors found in dogs and humans, and the opportunity to help both human and canine patients is growing.

Chris Boyd
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Four representatives of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine will participate in a national program targeting future agricultural leaders.

MSU faculty selected to participate in Leadership Development for the 21st Century: Linking Research, Academics and Extension include

June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Technology

Much like personal computers and 2-year-old children, Android smartphones can throw their own versions of temper tantrums. Mine recently slowed to a crawl and became increasingly unresponsive.

Before I decided to send it off to that great e-waste landfill, I made one last attempt to revive its broken spirit. To begin with, I turned it off, waited a few moments, and then turned it back on. While an obvious first step, most of us forget that our phones run constantly.

Visitors to the Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs can see how dozens of flower varieties performed through a Mississippi summer. (Photo by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station/Guihong Bi)
June 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

BILOXI -- Many frustrated gardeners have noted how plants often look their best on retail shelves, but ongoing tests at Mississippi State University helps these gardeners figure out which flowers will meet expectations.

Gary Bachman, horticulturist with the MSU Extension Service at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the university currently tests flower selections at two sites. Plans are underway to conduct flower variety testing at five locations around the state soon.

Jennifer Cain, a class of 2016 summer research student at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. David Smith, her mentor, examine a test sample for a reproductive disease of cattle. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
June 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- When veterinarian Dr. Alicia Olivier arrives for work every day, she isn’t greeted by wagging tails and nervous meows. Instead, she spends her days behind a microscope to help better understand disease processes and therapy development.

Olivier is a member of a diverse set of veterinary scientists who conduct a variety of biomedical research that impacts animal and human health.

June 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Children and Parenting, Food

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Paring, slicing, dicing, and cubing are a few of the activities that young chefs will learn at Mississippi State University’s seventh annual Fun with Food Camp.

The five-day camp will be June 17-21 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m on MSU’s Starkville campus. The camp is open to children entering third through sixth grades and provides an opportunity for hands-on food experiences.

Six 4-H leaders will represent the state at the 2014 National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.. From left are: Belle Failla of Hancock County; Marisa Laudadio of Alcorn County; Mary Kate Gaines of Tate County; Mitchell Young of Oktibbeha County; Timera Rodgers of DeSoto County; and Elsa Schmitz of Pearl River County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
June 3, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Nine teenaged 4-H leaders addressed current issues and shared their passions in hopes of winning a spot on a team representing Mississippi at the national 4-H conference in Washington, D.C.

Selected delegates will spend April 5-10, 2014, working with their peers in round-table discussions to prepare presentations for federal agencies on a variety of topics, such as texting while driving and obesity.