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Farmers have a different type of fieldwork to complete the day after the April 11, 2013, tornado relocated a grain bin in a Noxubee County field. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Dennis Reginelli)
April 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Even if their farms were not in the path of the April 11 tornado, hundreds of farmers will feel the loss of the massive communications tower in Noxubee County.

The 300-foot-tall microwave tower located in the middle of a soybean field just northeast of Macon provided about 200 farmers and others with broadband Internet and with GPS signals that guide tractors during fieldwork.

Dennis Reginelli, area agronomics crops agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said alternative sources remain available, but they are less accurate.

April 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Sano Chemical, the company launched to develop an antifungal drug discovered at Mississippi State University, received the university’s Faculty Start-up Company of the Year award April 5.

April 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A May 23 workshop in Natchez will teach landowners and property managers ways to deal with Mississippi’s wild hog invasion.

The Wild Pig Management Workshop will be held at the Adams County Extension office. The program is provided by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Staff at the Animal Emergency Referral Center in Flowood recently operated on a fishing cat from the Jackson Zoo. Native to South Asia, the fishing cat is an endangered exotic cat about the size of a bobcat. (Photo submitted by The Jackson Zoo)
April 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

FLOWOOD – The Animal Emergency Referral Center staff in Flowood is always ready to handle animal emergencies and has seen just about everything, but recently, a unique patient came in for surgery.

A fishing cat, an endangered medium-sized exotic cat native to South Asia, was brought to the center with a fractured humerus. The exotic cat is part of a breeding program at the Jackson Zoo and needed quick treatment.

April 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

HATTIESBURG – When Petal High School students volunteered to eat chocolate-covered insects for a disaster relief fundraiser last year, they had no idea they would be helping their own community.

April 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Lawn and Garden

PURVIS -- Conventional gardening can be a challenge for individuals who rely on wheelchairs for mobility. But a project by the Pine Belt Master Gardeners proves raised beds can make growing vegetables a little easier for everyone.

Liz Sadler, county coordinator with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service in Lamar County, said there is a growing interest in gardening in the county. This prompted the Master Gardener group to build demonstration beds as an educational project.

April 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Technology

Alternative arrangements are needed before a death or other circumstances interfere with access to online accounts.

Typically, one person in the household takes responsibility for paying the bills online or managing the online banking account. However, if something happens to that person, the whole family’s finances can be in jeopardy.

Spiders such as this zipper or banana spider consume massive quantities of insects, but most are not pests in Mississippi gardens and landscapes. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
April 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Urban and Backyard Wildlife, Insects, Insects-Pests

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Well-established and thriving gardens tend to have a mix of plant and animal life, adding interest for gardeners but not as much natural pest control as many people think.

Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said many people enjoy garden fauna such as toads, frogs and lizards, and some even enjoy bats and snakes.

April 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Irrigation

By Rebekah Ray
MSU Delta Research and Extension Center

STONEVILLE – Mississippi State University experts have a new program to help Delta producers irrigate row crops more efficiently and economically.

MSU Extension Service irrigation specialist Jason Krutz is leading a multi-faceted approach to water conservation, dubbed Row-crop Irrigation Science and Extension Research, or RISER. The researchers are working with producers to help reduce irrigation water use while maintaining or improving crop yields and profitability.

The restoration of Pinecote Pavilion at Mississippi State University's Crosby Arboretum is designed to preserve and protect the award-winning, native pine structure and state landmark for future generations. (File Photo by MSU Ag Communications)
April 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

PICAYUNE – An award-winning Mississippi landmark is scheduled to undergo restoration to preserve its beauty and architectural integrity for future generations.

Sarah Byrd of Starkville placed fourth in the state in the 2012 4-H Poultry Chain project, which requires participants to raise 20 chicks for about five months before competing at the county level and auctioning their birds. (Submitted Photo)
April 8, 2013 - Filed Under: Poultry, Family

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MISSISSIPPI STATE – From fluffy chick to egg-laying hen to money-making livestock, the 4-H Poultry Chain Project engages young people in the process of raising chickens and is now accepting applications for new participants.

Avis Taylor, a field technical assistant with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, makes handprint butterflies with Eden White, 1, at West Kemper Kiddie Kollege in De Kalb.
April 8, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Sarah Shields
MSU School of Human Sciences

MISSISSIPPI STATE – To raise awareness that childhood is more than just a time for play, the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network encourages local communities to celebrate the Week of the Young Child.

“What seems like just playing to most adults is children working and learning,” said Ellen Goodman, project manager of the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, a program Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Play is children’s work.”

The Senorita Rosalita cleome is an exciting cleome without thorns that blooms freely all summer long. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
April 8, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

One of the flowering plants I remember from my youth is the cleome. I loved these tall plants with flowers I thought looked a little spidery.

Many years later, when I rediscovered cleome growing in my neighbor’s yard, I reached out for a closer look at the flowers and was suddenly reminded of the one aspect I did not like about these plants. I had forgotten about the thorns and had impaled my thumb.

Dr. Caroline Betbeze with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine examines a canine patient as part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam event. (Photo Submitted)
April 8, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Pets

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, therapy animals, and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public. To honor these animals and their work, the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine will provide eye screening services to animals that dedicate their lives to serving the public.

These 2012 peanuts from Mississippi's record crop are a distant memory as lower prices are prompting growers to reduce acres 58 percent from 52,000 last year to about 22,000 acres in 2013. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
April 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Peanuts

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A significant decline in price potential has last year’s peanut growers looking to other crops in 2013.

According to the recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Prospective Plantings report, acreage is declining in every peanut-producing state except Oklahoma. Mississippi is expected to post the greatest percentage decline, down 58 percent from the previous year. The state’s peanut acreage is predicted to drop from 52,000 last year to 22,000 acres this season.

Stedmond Ware
April 5, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Collegiate 4-H, Family

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University graduate student Stedmond Ware has lived out the 4-H motto, “To make the best better,” from high school all the way to graduate school.

Ware said he joined 4-H during his freshman year of high school and won a variety of awards in photography contests and art exhibitions, but his most meaningful experiences involved his service with 4-H P.R.I.D.E., a group geared toward teaching youth about interpersonal relationships, diversity and teamwork.

Participants in the March 27, 2013, Manufacturing Summit at Mississippi State University include Doug O'Brien, deputy undersecretary for rural development, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Earl Gohl, federal co-chairman, Appalachian Regional Commission; Matt Erksine, acting assistant secretary for economic development, U.S. Department of Commerce; Phil Bryant, governor of Mississippi; Chris Masingill, federal co-chairman, Delta Regional Authority; and Mark Keenum, MSU president. (Photo by MSU University Rela
April 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Economic Development, Rural Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The recent Manufacturing Summit at Mississippi State University highlighted the importance of communities working across county lines to bring jobs to rural regions of the state.

Earl Gohl, federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission, was one of the participants in a panel discussion at the March 27 event at MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute.

“People need to realize that their competition (for new industries) is not with the county next door; it is from across the ocean,” Gohl said.

Kit Cessna, left, demonstrates one method for breaking through a door while co-instructors Joe Martel, center, and Wally Perrault assist on the Mississippi State University campus during an active-shooter response course on March 14, 2013. MSU's Extension Service coordinated the three-day course developed and facilitated by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, one of the leading training agencies for U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiatives. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda
April 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Preparedness

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University Extension Service is connecting law enforcement agencies with trainers on a mission to protect innocent citizens from active shooters.

Ryan Akers, assistant professor of community preparation and disaster management with the MSU Extension Service, said people do not want to think tragic shooting incidents could happen in their peaceful communities. Unfortunately, crimes involving active shooters occur almost daily somewhere in the United States, challenging local law enforcement to respond aggressively, rapidly and effectively.

A recent Tufts University study shows that 4-H plays a vital role in helping young people achieve future life success. From left, Hayley Meriwether and Brittany Smith learned how to develop film using chemicals in a darkroom at a 4-H event last summer. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/April Wallace)
April 4, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi 4-H has annual in-service training and leadership development opportunities to maintain excellence among its leaders, giving participating young people the best opportunity to thrive later in life.

Crosby Arboretum membership coordinator Kimberly Johnson and senior curator Richelle Stafne update a display showcasing gardens that participate in a reciprocal admissions program. Crosby Arboretum members can tour more than 100 botanical gardens and historic homes across the United States for free with their paid local membership. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Patricia Drackett)
April 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

PICAYUNE – Members of the Crosby Arboretum can tour more than 100 botanical gardens and historic homes across the United States without paying admission.