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Trunk flare, or the part of the tree that meets the roots, is easily detectable on mature trees, such as this oak on the Mississippi State University campus on Feb. 6, 2013. On young trees trunk flare is less prominent but visible, and this part of the tree should always remain above the soil. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Community Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Experts at Mississippi State University recommend that those planting trees in the landscape this Arbor Day do their homework before getting started.

“Most people see a tree they like and decide that they want to have one in their yard, but that is really not the way to decide what kind of tree to plant,” said John Kushla, an associate Extension and research professor with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Forestry and Wildlife Research Center.

Rachel Stout Evans, a soil scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, takes soil samples on Feb. 1, 2013, at the newly established Mississippi State University student farm to show students how soil types drive decision-making for land use. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey).
February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some Mississippi State University students may be able to eat their own homework as they transform a hayfield into a student farm.

MSU’s newly established student farm is located on about 24 acres of the H. H. Leveck Animal Research Center, commonly called South Farm. The student farm is a project guided by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and MSU’s Department of Landscape Architecture.

More Mississippi producers are growing peanuts as global demand remains steady and new marketing opportunities open up in the state. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Peanuts

HATTIESBURG -- Mississippi producers expect peanuts to remain a strong commodity in years to come with a steady global demand and new marketing opportunities.

“The demand for peanuts will stay in place because of global economics and population,” said Mike Phillips, plant and soil sciences department head at Mississippi State University. “International markets rely on the United States for this product. And a global population that is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 will drive this commodity to be successful.”

Paula Threadgill
February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Mississippi State University Extension Service is strengthening its administrative team by adding a second associate director.

Paula Threadgill, who currently serves as the state program leader for Family and Consumer Sciences and the interim state program leader for the 4-H Youth Development program, will begin her new role as an Extension associate director immediately.

February 7, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – An aquaculture researcher at Mississippi State University has been named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society for his contributions to the advancement of global aquaculture.

Mississippi State University graduate student Joe Lancaster holds a female mallard duck fitted with a radio frequency transmitter as part of a study tracking mallards in the south Delta. (Submitted Photo)
February 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife, Waterfowl

By Meg Henderson
MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Results from a Mississippi State University study of mallard ducks in the state’s south Delta revealed information that could help shape conservation and habitat management programs.

For several years, Brian Davis, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has been studying how mallards use the overall landscape and how the landscape affects their survival.

Dr. Henry Wan (far right), an associate professor at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, works with two of his students on his Antigen program in support of influenza vaccine research. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson).
February 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Animal Health, Community

by Karen Templeton
Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

MISSISSIPPI STATE – In the midst of one of the country’s worst flu seasons in recent history, work is already well under way to develop next season’s influenza vaccines.

Seasonal flu causes approximately 24,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year. Dr. Henry Wan, an associate professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, wants to make the development of vaccines a more efficient and economical process.

The most popular of the flowering magnolias is the saucer magnolia. Huge white, pink or purple flowers bloom after the risk of late-spring frosts has passed. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)
February 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture

Even though fall is the ideal time, it’s still not too late to plant nice trees into our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. Of course I can’t list every tree in this column, but I want to draw your attention to a few I’m sure you won’t be disappointed to have in your yard.

The first is the bald cypress. You may think it has to be planted in soggy locations, but this tree is very adaptable. Some of the best specimens I have seen were being grown in very high and dry locations such as islands in parking lots and planting wells in sidewalks.

February 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Livestock, Forestry, Catfish

BILOXI -- Coastal area commodity producers are invited to meet with Mississippi State University experts during the fifth annual Commodity Advisory Council Feb. 25 at the Coastal Research and Extension Center.

Producers will have the opportunity to evaluate and provide direction on Extension programming and research by the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station for their products and crops. Representatives of MSU’s Extension Service and MAFES will discuss current issues and answer questions.

February 1, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Catfish, Crops, Livestock, Forestry

JACKSON -- Agricultural producers in central Mississippi are invited to evaluate and provide direction on educational programming and research provided by Mississippi State University.

Producers of various commodities are invited to participate in the Central Mississippi Producer Advisory Council Feb. 26 at the McKenzie Arena in Raymond. Representatives from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and MSU’s Extension Service will discuss current issues and answer questions.

Design Week 2013 participants at Mississippi State University created plans for an undeveloped courtyard at the university's landscape architecture facility in a learning competition. Department head Sadik Artunc, third from left, stands with members of the winning team. From left are Emily Overbey, Jerry Hill, Nathan Locke, Nicholas Stengel and Jason Treloar. (Photo by MSU Landscape Architecture/Elizabeth Payne Tofte)
January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Landscape Architecture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – An undeveloped courtyard at Mississippi State University’s landscape architecture facility provided the challenge for student teams in Design Week 2013.

The theme of the annual learning competition was Art into Nature. The teams, composed of landscape architecture and landscape contracting students and a faculty advisor, competed to design the best courtyard based on the space and needs. The challenge was to create an artistic and ecologically integrated design for the landscape architecture facilities, then present it to the judges in a compelling fashion.

January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Livestock, Equine

WEST POINT – Registration is under way for veterans seeking non-traditional animal-assisted activities to address physical or mental challenges as a result of military service.

International Equine Services for Heroes will be offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center, which promotes educational and research-based equine activities.

January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Greenhouse Tomatoes

RAYMOND -- Tomato growers from around the world will attend Mississippi State University’s 23rd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5 and 6 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Wood Products

INDIANOLA -- A Feb. 7 workshop will familiarize participants with some of the resources available to assist Mississippi manufacturers who want to begin or expand export activities.

Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded by the Delta Regional Authority.

Sylvia Clark
January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Women for Agriculture, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The Mississippi State University Extension Service has hired a new associate in response to Mississippians’ growing interest in returning to traditional methods of food preparation and preservation, sewing and home arts.

Filip To, a Mississippi State University professor and agricultural engineer with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, sees opportunities where other people see challenges. (Photo by MSU University Relations/Russ Houston)
January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Today’s agricultural careers are a long way from the chisels and plows our great-grandparents used, and much of that progress is thanks to people like agricultural engineer Filip To.

Child-care provider Dana Smith leads a dance session with Levi Mills, Carmus Batemon, Jakob Reyes, Auston Simpson and Langston Simpson at her in-home child-care program in Olive Branch. Busy Bundles of Joy Learning Center was recently recognized as a five-star center by the in-home Quality Rating and Improvement System. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Alicia Barnes)
January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

By Alicia Barnes
MSU School of Human Sciences

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January 31, 2013 - Filed Under: Technology

Obsessive-compulsives are not the only ones who should note that the second Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day. Cleaning a computer is a great way to speed up the computer, find files more quickly and prevent pesky viruses and spyware from taking control of the hard drive.

January 29, 2013 - Filed Under: Cotton, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Two Mississippi State University graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences took home honors from the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences.

Zach Reynolds of Starkville, a master’s student in agronomy, won first place in the poster competition at the Weed Science Technical Conference. He presented his research evaluating the effectiveness of pre- and post-emergence herbicides on Palmer amaranth, commonly called pigweed.

January 28, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University graduate students studying applied row crop agriculture will present their research findings before industry representatives at a new contest.

The first Future of Agriculture Graduate Student Competition will begin at 7:55 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Bost Extension Center. The master’s competition features two groups speaking from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and one doctoral competition from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. An awards reception will follow the final presentation.