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Faye Hollingsworth maps the Duval Cemetery in Itawamba County on a tablet computer during a Mississippi State University Extension Service technology workshop. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
November 20, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – When people hear “Extension Service,” they typically do not think of cemeteries or archery contests, but Mississippi State University Extension agents and specialists are reaching out to clients with creative programs.

Mariah Smith, assistant Extension professor with the Center for Technology Outreach, uses seasonal themes and existing interests to design technology workshops with broad appeal.

Bonnie Carew
November 20, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Health

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Caregivers cannot neglect themselves without hurting the quality of service they give those who need them.

Bonnie Carew, assistant Extension professor in food science, nutrition and health promotion at Mississippi State University, said it is appropriate for the MSU Work-Life Balance Committee and Staff Council to sponsor a seminar on caregiving. The Family Care Seminar was held on campus Nov. 19.

November 22, 2013 - Filed Under: Nuts, Food

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Pecans are a staple of the holiday season, but with so many options, some consumers find it hard to decide what to buy.

In addition to buying Mississippi pecans in the shell or already shelled, cooks find a dizzying array of nut sizes, colors, varieties and prices.

“When consumers are buying pecans, they should ask if the pecans are from the current year’s crop to ensure freshness,” said Max Draughn, owner of Pecan Hill Farms in Raymond. “The oil in pecans oxidizes, and the flavor and quality of the pecan deteriorates over time.”

November 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Food Safety

JACKSON – Fruit and vegetable growers can learn techniques to make their produce safer for the consumer during one of four upcoming Mississippi State University workshops.

Specialists with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will conduct four separate workshops across the state on developing and implementing good agricultural practices and good handling practices.

November 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

Mississippi State University students in the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program will host a futuristic fashion show, sponsored by the Cotton Incorporated Support Program.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Foster Ballroom in the Colvard Student Union on campus. It will feature MSU students’ merchandising projects made of at least 60 percent cotton. General admission is free.

The merchandising and promotion strategies class is putting on the fashion show called “The New Age Traveler.”

Mississippi State University secondary-education teacher candidate Ann Claire Blakely, right, teaches Studio School student LaGlotrice Jordan in the Body Walk brain room in June 2013. The Studio School hosts Body Walk with help from the MSU Extension Service and the MSU Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning. (Submitted photo)
November 26, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Building a habit of learning by doing is beginning early for some Oktibbeha County students.

Middle- and high-school students enrolled in the Studio School project founded by Mississippi State University professor Kay Brocato are serving as volunteer instructors with Body Walk, a hands-on exhibit that tours the state. Sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, Body Walk teaches elementary students about healthy habits, hygienic practices and the science behind the human body.

Mississippi State University postdoctoral researcher Aparna Krishnavajhala has worked for years to send needed supplies to the school in her home village in India. Here, her mother, sister, brother-in-law and brother are seated at the table during the annual award ceremony for that school. (Submitted photo)
November 27, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Aparna Krishnavajhala is a postdoctoral researcher at Mississippi State University who practices giving back year-round as she works from Starkville to aid the education of girls in India.

Hamp Beatty
December 2, 2013 - Filed Under: Economic Development

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Starting a small business can be challenging, but a workshop for new business owners can help them know what to expect once they open the doors.

A seminar for anyone interested in starting a small business will be provided by the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Government and Community Development beginning January 9th. MSU experts will repeat the workshop the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Golden Triangle WIN Job Center near Columbus.

Cattle producers have access to a free app.
December 4, 2013 - Filed Under: Livestock, Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Cattle producers have access to a free app that calculates a variety of factors impacting their livestock management decisions.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service released the MSUES Cattle Calculator on Dec. 2 for Apple devices.

Brandi Karisch, an assistant professor of animal and dairy sciences at MSU, is the Extension beef specialist who provided technical information to develop the app at the request of Mississippi beef cattle producers.

December 5, 2013 - Filed Under: Crops, Farming, Lawn and Garden

GOODMAN – Commercial growers, farmers and home gardeners can get advice on the best crops to grow and the best equipment to use during the final field day of a year-long series at the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm in Goodman.

On Dec. 13, experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will discuss crop selection, seed acquisition, and equipment selection, acquisition and maintenance.

Jason Sarver
December 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Crops, Farming

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Starting in January, Mississippi peanut farmers will have a dedicated source to turn to for information.

Jason Sarver was recently hired as peanut specialist by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. His official start date is Jan. 3.

Helen Coleman, president of the Bolivar County Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, gathers dresses created by her club to send to children in need for the MHV International Project. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
December 6, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers

CLEVELAND -- Little dresses sewn with love in Mississippi make their way to children in need around the world throughout the year as part of the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers’ international project.

At the Bolivar County Extension office, local MHV president Helen Coleman gathered dresses created by her group of about a dozen members and said she expected additional fabric donations.

December 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Food

MISSISSIPPI STATE – ’Tis the season for creating tasty and clever homemade gifts for friends and family, but not everyone needs another tray of cookies or pound of fudge.

Cut the sweet stuff this year with some flavorful jerky made at home using venison or beef.

Wes Schilling, associate professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University, said with the right tools and ingredients, home chefs are just a few steps away from creating a popular, high-protein holiday treat.

A high-tech, multi-sensory play space designed to encourage reading is scheduled to open in 2014 at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson. The literacy garden will include native plants and reflect the various habitats found in Mississippi. (Photo courtesy of Mississippi Children's Museum)
December 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Children and Parenting, Landscape Architecture

JACKSON – Mississippi State University professor Bob Brzuszek is helping the Mississippi Children’s Museum design an innovative garden aimed at cultivating a crop of young readers.

Dr. Andy Shores and Dr. Jennifer Gambino, both with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, examine a patient's MRI. (MSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Tom Thompson)
December 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, Pets, Health

By Karen Templeton
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

A special partnership focused on using imaging technology to treat brain tumors in cats and dogs shows promise for treating human patients.

December 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Family Financial Management

MISSISSIPPI STATE – With a new year approaching, many people are adopting an “out with the old” attitude and throwing away dated documents, and it is important to dispose of these papers properly.

Teresa Lyle, a financial management agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Leake County, said identity theft is a growing crime and affects millions of Americans every year. To decrease chances of identity theft, Lyle recommends shredding important household documents in a cross-cut shredder instead of throwing them in the trash.

Wingfield High School football team members learn about gardening on Sept. 22, 2013, at Foot Print Farms in Jackson. Eric Hunter Jr., a strong safety, assists Mississippi State University research professor and 4-H volunteer Bill Evans as they string tomato plants. Hinds County 4-H agent Rocheryl Ware discusses the club project with Dwight Henry, a defensive tackle, while Antonio Wilks Jr., defensive end, observes. (Photo by Clarion-Ledger/Joe Ellis)
December 11, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Lawn and Garden

JACKSON -- Tomatoes, watermelons and young men have been growing in an urban garden that is much more than an agricultural project.

Hinds County 4-H agent Rocheryl Ware has known football coach Jeff Gibson as a 4-H volunteer leader since 2004. So when he made an unannounced visit to her office last year, she was not surprised he was ready to start a club at his new school, Wingfield High School.

Within the first hours of their lives, fawns can be vulnerable to wild hogs. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications)
December 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Environment, Wildlife, Nuisance Wildlife and Damage Management, White-Tailed Deer

PONTOTOC – Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared.

At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ground-nesting birds, hunting decisions and field-dressing precautions.

Mississippi forestland can produce trophy bucks when land managers control deer density, create a good buck age structure, manage deer habitat and then selectively harvests bucks. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications)
December 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Environment, Natural Resources, Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi is one of the best places in the country for deer hunting because of excellent natural habitat and good management by landowners and hunters.

Bronson Strickland, wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said bagging a trophy buck is the successful result of time and careful implementation of a management plan.

Paige Nicholson of Lawrence is the new Miss Rodeo America for 2014. A recent Mississippi State University agricultural information sciences graduate, Nicholson grew up showing livestock in the Newton County 4-H program and taking part in rodeo competitions. (Submitted photo)
December 13, 2013 - Filed Under: Community

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Paige Nicholson has a new personal illustration to use in speeches about dusting yourself off and getting back on the horse, and she will have many opportunities to use it as she travels the country as the 2014 Miss Rodeo America.

Nicholson, who recently graduated in agricultural information science from Mississippi State University, earned the national crown Dec. 9 in Las Vegas. She was the reigning Miss Rodeo Mississippi.

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