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June 20, 2013 - Filed Under: Marine Resources, Seafood Harvesting and Processing

BILOXI -- Seafood producers and processors, regulatory agents and other interested individuals can receive training on mandatory procedures for the safe production and handling of seafood during a July 8 workshop.

Specialists with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will introduce participants to the principles of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point management system for seafood, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

MSU Extension entomologist Jeff Harris holds a bee frame while Emmett King, 10, carefully harvests the honey. Beekeeping was one topic covered in Mississippi State University's 20th annual Bug and Plant Camp. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
June 20, 2013 - Filed Under: Insects

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some people want nothing to do with the insect world, but 26 adults, teenagers and kids paid money to spend a week catching, examining and learning about bugs.

The 20th annual Bug and Plant Camp was underway at Mississippi State University from June 16 to 20. Campers, ranging from veteran teachers to 10-year-olds, participated in five full days and nights of insect work.

June 21, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology

MISSISSIPPI STATE – For the third year, the Mississippi State University Extension Service will partner with NASA to share hands-on science activities with the state’s young people.

This year, Summer of Innovation camps will be offered in 33 counties and serve 1,400 children and teens. Campers will enjoy all-new activities designed to promote science and space exploration, such as developing a rover that can land on the moon.

Jessica Tegt
June 24, 2013 - Filed Under: Environment, Natural Resources

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Mississippi State University program for elementary students has been recognized for teaching environmental and natural sciences.

The Youth Environmental Science program received the third place Gulf Guardian Award in the Environmental Justice and Cultural Diversity category. The Gulf of Mexico Program, a consortium sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, gives the award annually.

Formosan termites are an invasive species known to be established in 25 south Mississippi counties. Compared to Mississippi's native Eastern subterranean termites, Formosan termites are bigger, form larger colonies and can consume more wood in less time. (Photo courtesy of Marco Nicovich)
June 24, 2013 - Filed Under: Insects, Pests

JACKSON -- Seasonal termite swarms cause Blake Layton’s phone to ring off the hook this time of year.

Layton, a Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist, said all three major termite species in Mississippi mate from January through June in hopes of forming a new colony. Mating season is one of the rare times people see the secretive insects. Sightings often spark suspicion of an infestation.

Qi Li
June 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Wood Products

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A recent Mississippi State University doctoral graduate received a top award sponsored by the International Forest Products Society.

Qi Li accepted the Wood Award at the society’s annual conference in Austin, Tex. for her research paper on the chemical composition of woody feedstock used in biofuel production.

Li's work at MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center focused on finding suitable, fast-growing, renewable resources to replace the use of fossil fuels.

June 25, 2013 - Filed Under: Corn, Soybeans

STONEVILLE – Corn and soybean producers as well as others involved in agriculture will benefit from the July 18 Corn and Soybean Field Day at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Charles W. Capps Building. Booths and vendors will showcase some of the latest tools in precision agriculture, irrigation efficiency and application technology until 2:30 p.m.

June 27, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, About Extension

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Faculty in Mississippi State University’s School of Human Sciences recently launched a journal to promote academic research and outreach in human sciences and Extension topics.

The Journal of Human Sciences and Extension is a peer-reviewed publication with articles about human development; family studies; agricultural education; leadership development; Extension; health and wellness; apparel, textiles and merchandising; agricultural economics; nutrition and dietetics; family resource management; and program planning and evaluation.

Steve Gray, director of governmental affairs for the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, updates supervisors on 2013 legislation during the association's annual conference. The Mississippi State University Extension Center for Government and Community Development coordinated educational sessions at the conference. (Photo by MSU Extension Center for Government and Community Development/Bob Ratliff)
June 28, 2013 - Filed Under: Community, City and County Government

BILOXI – The state’s county supervisors expressed concern about funding for essential services in numerous discussions at the 2013 Mississippi Association of Supervisors Conference.

Most of Mississippi’s 410 county supervisors attended the June 17–20 meeting at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi. Educational session topics during the conference included transportation funding, rural economic development and the expected impact on counties of new federal health care laws.

Sixteen-year old Camp Jigsaw participant Price Broadhead of Mendenhall built a circuit to illuminate a tiny light bulb using aluminum foil and a battery. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Keri Collins Lewis)
July 2, 2013 - Filed Under: Technology, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – One small lightbulb can make a big difference.

Oohs, ahs and wows filled a room at Mississippi State University’s Montgomery Hall on Friday when a group of teen campers finished their first experiment in building circuits. A piece of foil, a battery and a lightbulb the size of a marble launched a lesson on energy and ultimately set the campers to building their own robots.

Mississippi junior and senior 4-H'ers prepare to enter the ring for the selection of grand and reserve grand champion pony mares, registered American quarter horse mares, grade western mares, and registered paint mares on June 28 during the 2013 4-H Horse Championship at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 2, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Equine

JACKSON – To most people, showing horses seems a lot like work because of all the feeding, watering, stall cleaning, grooming and training involved – not to mention the countless hours spent at shows. But to Mississippi 4-H’ers involved in the horse program, all that work is a lot of fun.

Each summer, young people ages 8 to 18 converge on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds for the 4-H Horse Championship to reap the rewards of a year’s worth of effort. This year, more than 600 4-H horse program members participated in six educational contests and 105 riding events.

July 3, 2013 - Filed Under: Rice

STONEVILLE -- Rice producers, suppliers and consultants will benefit from an upcoming rice tour at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center.

Registration for the July 30 Rice Field Day begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Charles W. Capps Jr. Entrepreneurial Center.

Andy Morris, North America rice buyer for Mars Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the afternoon event.

Trailers will leave the building at 3:40 p.m. to tour research sites on rice agronomy, breeding, entomology, pathology and weed science.

Ian Munn
July 8, 2013 - Filed Under: Forestry

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member is the new associate dean in the College of Forest Resources.

Ian Munn, a forest resource economist and professor, will lead the university’s natural resources program. MSU is the only university in the state that offers a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a bachelor’s degree and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. As associate dean, Munn will coordinate all aspects of these undergraduate programs, including curriculum, student advising and scholarships.

July 9, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Leadership

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some of Mississippi’s top young people will experience the business world through a four-day state tour known as the 2013 4-H Cooperative Business Leadership Conference.

The conference involves the state’s 4-H Leadership Team members and this year’s 4-H Congress first-place, senior-level competition winners. In a July 16-19 bus tour that begins and ends at Mississippi State University, participants will stop along the way at business cooperatives in Mayhew, Meridian, Jackson, Greenville, Scott and Greenwood.

Donald Grebner
July 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Forestry

STARKVILLE -- A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently honored by the Society of American Foresters.

The professional forestry organization named Donald Grebner a fellow for his contributions to the society and the forestry profession.

Grebner is a professor in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. His areas of research include bio-energy, carbon sequestration, forest protection and international forestry.

July 11, 2013 - Filed Under: Beef

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s beef cattle research unit in Pearl River County is hosting a summer field day Aug. 13 to display results of ongoing research projects.

The White Sand Unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is hosting the half-day event specifically designed for cattle and forage producers. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a provided lunch. The MSU Extension Service is also helping make this event possible.

July 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi schools are leading the national effort to reduce excessive sugar intake from beverages that can do students more harm than good, and parents can follow their example at home.

Becke Bounds, assistant director of child nutrition with the Mississippi Department of Education, said Mississippi schools eliminated all full-calorie, sugared carbonated soft drinks during the school day in 2007. Steps have also been taken to make all school food healthier.

As school starts back, parents and other adults should be on the lookout for signs that a child could be involved in bullying. Bullying can cause lasting effects for bullies, victims of bullies and bystanders. (Photo by Thinkstock/iStockphoto)
July 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting

JACKSON -- Playground antics, such as teasing, hitting, or name-calling, may seem just a harmless rite of passage, but when playing turns into bullying, it can cause serious, long-term effects for everyone involved.

Bullying is a dangerous form of youth violence that involves repeated, aggressive behavior with a real or perceived imbalance of power between the bully and the victim. Bullies create this imbalance of power by using their popularity, physical strength or embarrassing information to manipulate or harm the victim.

About 200 former colleagues, friends and family members attended the dedication of the Frank T. (Butch) Withers Jr. Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center held July 10 in Raymond. Withers' family members Jaidyn Laird, Caroline Withers, Shelly Withers and Elizabeth Kilgore, along with Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum (at left) and Vice President of the Division of Agriculture Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Greg Bohach, look on as the new sign is revealed. (Photo by MSU Ag Commu
July 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Agriculture, About Extension

RAYMOND – Former colleagues, friends and family members used the words loyal, genuine and humble to describe Frank T. “Butch” Withers Jr. during a naming ceremony in Raymond for the center he helped create.

Mississippi State University’s central Mississippi hub for research and Extension was renamed on July 10 for Withers, who served as head of the center from 1996 until his retirement in 2006.

Kids can prepare easy, nutritious after-school snacks with little or no cooking when parents plan ahead. (Photo by Lifesize)
July 12, 2013 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Food and Health

JACKSON – After school, most kids raid the kitchen before they hit the books. If fruit is not one of their favorites, a few simple recipes and a little planning can help kids make better snacking decisions.

“Kids probably won’t choose to eat an orange if they have to do the work of peeling it before they eat it,” said Dawn Vosbein, registered dietitian and family and consumer science agent with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service in Pearl River County. “If there is cut up fruit already in the fridge, all they have to do is grab it.”

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