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Feature Story from 2013

Peter Ryan
August 22, 2013 - Filed Under: Equine

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The American College of Theriogenologists recently recognized a veteran Mississippi State University professor’s research and teaching career with an honorary membership.

August 23, 2013 - Filed Under: Rural Development, Technology, Family

WOODVILLE – Four months ago Elease Sullivan knew very little about Facebook or the potential it held for her business.

But the Mississippi Bricks to Clicks pilot program changed that.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service partnered with Woodville/Wilkinson County Main Street Association to test a program that helps small businesses understand and use social media to market their products or services.

August 28, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Technology, About Extension

by Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Office of Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service uses creative technology, including video conferencing and webinars, to cut costs and reach more people with research-based programs.

Connie Templeton, distance learning analyst with the Distance Education team in the Extension Center for Technology Outreach, said a combination of video conferences, webinars and online training modules help Extension agents reduce costs for meetings, workshops and classes.

August 28, 2013 - Filed Under: Women for Agriculture

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s farm and ranch women can learn how to plan for the future of their farming businesses at a workshop series offered by the Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University Extension Services.

A power outage caused by a natural disaster can destroy years of research and data collection. Larry Hanson uses the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine's cryogenic freezer to store fish cell cultures at -150 degree Celsius. The freezer is linked to a backup liquid nitrogen tank to keep it cold even when the electricity fails. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
August 29, 2013 - Filed Under: Disaster Preparedness

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- In a state where tornadoes, hurricanes and floods are regular -- although unwanted -- visitors, Mississippi State University has plans for how to preserve data and ongoing research projects.

Hurricane Katrina’s Aug. 29 anniversary provides reminders of the havoc natural disasters can wreak with lives, homes and businesses. Losses to research are less tangible but can be just as devastating.

Dr. Stephen Pruett, head of basic sciences at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, knows just how high those losses could mount.

August 29, 2013 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardens

JACKSON – Gardeners can keep insects and diseases under control and make spring planting easier with a little bit of cleanup right now.

“Good sanitation is one of the easiest and most economical methods of insect and disease control in the vegetable garden,” said Rebecca Bates, Mississippi State University Extension Service Lincoln County coordinator.

In vegetable gardens, plants should be removed as soon as production stops. Any live plant material will continue to provide food for insect pests and allow them to mature and multiply.

Jean Feugang, a research assistant professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, microinjects a quantum dot into an ovarian follicle to monitor the egg's release from the follicle and eventual fertilization. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
August 30, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Biotechnology

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University scientists are working to find out why some pregnancies are successful and others are not.

Jean Feugang, a research assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, is studying the reproductive stage that remains one of the most mysterious -- the time just before conception.

Mississippi State University research in support of the state's $2.5 billion poultry industry, such as that conducted by Dr. Alejandro Banda at the College of Veterinary Medicine's Poultry Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Pearl, helped MSU rank ninth in the nation in agricultural sciences research and development spending. (Photo by MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
August 30, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi State University’s commitment to its land-grant mission and to the state’s $7.5 billion agriculture and forestry industry resulted in a top spot in a recently released National Science Foundation report.

Steve Demarais (left) and Bronson Strickland (right) take measurements of a tranquilized deer housed at Mississippi State University's Rusty Dawkins Memorial Deer Unit.  Center from left, graduate students Erick Michel and Jake Oates record the data to help researchers correlate nutrition and genetics with white-tailed deer antler growth. (Photo by MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center/Karen Brasher)
September 3, 2013 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

By Dave Storment
MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center

September 3, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

PICAYUNE – The traditional skills, crafts and arts of Mississippi’s Piney Woods region will be showcased during the Piney Woods Heritage Festival at Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum Nov. 15 and 16.

Visitors to the Picayune facility will enjoy educational exhibits and skills demonstrations, including blacksmithing, wood carving, quilting, storytelling and more. Craftsmen and artists also will offer their work for purchase.

September 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Fruit

GOODMAN – Fruit, vegetable and flower growers can learn about growing fall crops and a new legal services program during a Sept. 20 field day at the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm in Goodman.

April Heiselt, director of the new Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence, shares a variety of project options for students to choose from in an Introduction to Mechanical Engineering course at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
September 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some Mississippi State University students are testing their problem-solving skills with real challenges instead of hypothetical situations this semester.

Whether they are graphic design students dreaming up a new logo for the Mississippi Sweet Potato Council’s boxes or communication students developing videos to help 4-H’ers improve their public speaking skills, students are working with community partners to address existing needs.

September 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Crops, Rice

CLEVELAND – Mississippi farmers want to show off their rice crop at its best, served in hundreds of dishes for sampling at the 23rd annual rice-tasting luncheon in Cleveland.

The dishes will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Delta State University’s Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Laura Giaccaglia, Bolivar County Extension agent and coordinator, said the event attracts about 1,500 people each September, which is National Rice Month.

September 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farm Safety

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Farming families believe the country is a great place to raise kids, but sometimes familiarity with farming equipment can lead to a false sense of security.

“The farm can be a dangerous place for children because they play where they work, and it’s hard for them to separate the two concepts,” said Ted Gordon, safety specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “They don’t readily recognize the hazards on the farm, and they must be taught how to see the dangers and how to avoid them.”

Trent Irby, left, demonstrated how to determine the maturity level of soybeans Aug. 30, 2013, at Mississippi State University's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Producers can conserve water and save money on irrigation by correctly timing termination. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Bonnie Coblentz)
September 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Irrigation

STONEVILLE -- A group of soybean professionals met in Stoneville as harvest approached to learn how to be more efficient with irrigation at the end of the growing season.

Tom Eubank, a Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station soybean agronomist at the Delta Research and Extension Center, said soybean farmers need three pieces of information to know when to terminate irrigation.

September 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Insects, Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardens

POPLARVILLE – Leisure gardeners and horticulture industry professionals can learn about new plant varieties, insect and disease control and the latest research findings during an Oct. 10 field day in Poplarville.

The 40th annual Ornamental Horticulture Field Day will be at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station.

September 10, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H

JACKSON – Mississippi 4-H’ers will showcase their talents at 4-H Day at the Fair during the Mississippi State Fair Oct. 12.

Competitions, exhibits and hands-on activities will be open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. Competitions will conclude around 1 p.m. Livestock events will continue throughout the day.

All 4-H events and competitions except one will be held in the Trade Mart. Public speaking will be held in the Cattlemen’s Association building, located across from the fairgrounds at 680 Monroe Street, Suite A.

September 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Peanuts

CLARKSDALE -- Peanut producers learned about irrigation strategies, diseases, insect control and harvest methods at the North Mississippi Peanut Field Day in Clarksdale.

In 2012 Mississippi moved into the seventh spot nationally in peanut production. Demand for peanuts has increased, yet the state’s peanut acreage decreased this year because of oversupply and lower contract prices.

September 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Fruit

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The state’s blueberry growers can gather in Covington County Oct. 10 for a farm tour, demonstrations and exhibits at the annual field day and trade show.

Beginning at 8 a.m., Blue River Farm will host producers, experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service and exhibitors from across the United States.

Jason Krutz, Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station irrigation specialist, uses a meter to accurately determine the moisture content of the soil in a soybean field Aug. 30, 2013, at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Bonnie Coblentz)
September 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Soybeans, Irrigation

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Knowing when to say when is key to successful soybean irrigation that conserves water and money while producing peak yields.

As hints of water regulation on the horizon in Mississippi make water conservation a pressing issue, Mississippi State University has stepped up efforts to aid growers with irrigation decisions.

Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said soybean irrigation should stop after there is adequate soil moisture to ensure the seeds reach maximum size.


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