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A room full of clutter.
July 24, 2024 - Filed Under: Family, Food and Health, Waste Management

Almost everyone has a little bit of clutter somewhere in their homes at times. However, letting small amounts turn into large amounts can not only interfere with the lifestyle you want, but it can also be a health hazard. If you find that you can’t use your rooms the way you’d like, then it’s time to start getting rid of some clutter. But what if some of these items are sentimental? We have some tips that can help.

July 18, 2024 - Filed Under: Family

School is right around the corner! For those whose children are in schools with year-round schedules, the first day of class is coming up sooner rather than later. 

A brown tick on a finger.
June 26, 2024 - Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Family, Insects-Human Pests

There’s nothing like spending time in the great outdoors! Whether you’re camping or hiking, or even gardening or lounging, it’s important to protect yourself from ticks. 

A woman stands outside in front of a playset.
June 14, 2024 - Filed Under: Nurturing Homes Initiative, Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral

Carmen Grubbs Collins, a well-respected businesswoman in Simpson County who recently obtained her childcare license, is one of many Mississippians who are improving the quality of childcare they offer working parents. Receiving licensure was a significant milestone for Collins, and one she achieved with the support of the Nurturing Homes Initiative, or NHI, program. The NHI program is offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and funded by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Items for a disaster kit are displayed on a coffee table.
June 7, 2024 - Filed Under: Community, Disaster Preparedness, Family

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As hurricane season begins, older adults should be sure their disaster plan is up to date and reflects their current situation.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said everyone needs to review their disaster plan periodically, but older adults will want to make sure their plan reflects any new specific needs or special circumstances they may have.

Kids jumping in a lake
May 24, 2024 - Filed Under: Family

With the temperatures rising, many people are heading to the pool, river, or lake to beat the heat. It’s important to keep water safety in mind when out with friends and family.

A close-up photo of a pine tree’s damaged bark
April 19, 2024 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Disaster Relief, Forestry, Forest Management

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Forest landowners in Mississippi can now join the state’s farm owners who suffered production loss due to last year’s drought in applying for federal emergency loans.

Clutter fills a room.
April 16, 2024 - Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Spring’s arrival motivates many people to refresh the spaces where they spend their time. This refresh should include removing clutter, which can affect quality of life and lead to serious health concerns if small amounts turn into larger amounts.

April 1, 2024 - Filed Under: 4-H, Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

WEST POINT, Miss. -- Sometimes, supporting veterans can be as easy as showing up for dinner.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting a cookout benefitting members of its Veterans’ Horsemanship Program, one of several divisions in its Equine-Assisted Therapy Program. The cookout will take place April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elizabeth A. Howard Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center in West Point.

March 26, 2024 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Individuals interested in working with young children and families are encouraged to apply for job openings with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral at MSU Extension is seeking program associates and office associates in Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Warren, Madison, Prentiss, Chickasaw, Rankin, Lowndes and Newton counties.

Person washing a stain out of a white piece of clothing.
March 8, 2024 - Filed Under: Family

There’s nothing more annoying than getting something on your shirt and it leaves a stain. I know the feeling all too well.

Seven women stand in the Mississippi State Capitol building.
February 29, 2024 - Filed Under: Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral

Staff from the Mississippi State University Extension Service’s Early Childhood Programs attended the 2024 Early Childhood Capitol Day on Feb. 6.

Three men stand around a trailer that holds a large irrigation pipe.
January 19, 2024 - Filed Under: About Extension, Agriculture, Community, Family, Food and Health, Insects, Lawn and Garden, Natural Resources

You may know Extension for it's strong connection to agriculture and the 4-H youth development program. But Extension offers much more. Get a glimpse of the wide range of programs and services our organization provides.

January 17, 2024 - Filed Under: Community, Family, Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Smart Landscapes, Natural Resources

PICAYUNE, Miss. -- Fans of The History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” can see season-six champion Seth Borries demonstrating his skills in person during Forge Day at The Crosby Arboretum. Forge Day will be held Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Picayune. This family-friendly event highlights the historic and modern uses of the forge.

January 9, 2024 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Individuals interested in working with young children and families in Warren County are encouraged to apply for job openings with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral at MSU Extension is seeking a program associate and an office associate.

A pile of gifts wrapped in various papers and ribbons.
December 15, 2023 - Filed Under: Family, Natural Resources, Environment, Waste Management

When you think about the holidays, all the food, gifts, holiday décor, and gatherings with friends and family likely come to mind. What you may not think about is how much garbage we create during this season. Check out these tips that can help you recycle this holiday season.

December 8, 2023 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative, Creating Healthy Indoor Childcare Environments

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Healthy lifestyles and healthy homes may seem like two separate concepts, but both components are important for overall well-being. David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, encourages people to consider giving their homes a checkup in the new year.

a closeup of a person taking $20 dollar bills out of a wallet
November 13, 2023 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management, Basic Money Management, Credit

If the gift-giving season is more stressful than cheerful for you, don’t panic. Get prepared! These tips can help you manage your spending this holiday season.

October 20, 2023 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Nurturing Homes Initiative

STARKVILLE, Miss.-- In-home, unlicensed childcare providers in Mississippi can receive technical assistance, educational resources and professional development through the Nurturing Homes Initiative program. Delivered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service, NHI is dedicated to enhancing the quality of early education experiences in family childcare homes. The program is open to any in-home, unlicensed childcare providers who provide full-time, year-round childcare services to children from birth to 5 years old.

A group of people hold a ribbon in front of a building entrance.
September 26, 2023 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Toy trucks loaded with miniature felt apples idle their imaginary engines in an orchard of building-blocks. A toy kitchen beckons tiny chefs to bake felt apple pies. A row of small lab coats hung neatly along the wall invite little visitors to explore why apples float in a bowl full of water. These are just a few of the apple-themed, hands-on learning opportunities that are engaging children in September at the new Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Center in Hattiesburg. The center held its grand opening Sept. 19.

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