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A bowl of Mango Berry Rotini Salad.
July 9, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Mangos, berries, spinach, and feta cheese make for a colorful twist on pasta salad, with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

Canned Vegetables in Mason Jars
July 7, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety

There’s nothing more delicious than fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden! An easy way to preserve the freshness of your favorite summer produce is by learning how to can!

A woman in a kitchen holds a bowl of bruschetta salad.
July 2, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Want a light lunch, dinner or side dish? This bruschetta salad might be just what you're looking for!

A small group of dairy cows
June 27, 2024 - Filed Under: Dairy, Food and Health, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Despite encouraging milk prices, margins still project to be tight for Mississippi dairy farmers in 2024.

The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasted this year’s average all-milk price at $21.60 per hundredweight nationally. Josh Maples, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said this is an improvement from last year, but still below 2022 levels, when prices hovered around $25 per hundredweight.

June 27, 2024 - Filed Under: Health, AIM for CHangE

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- An award-winning program within the Mississippi State University Extension Service will welcome a new leader July 1.

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. 

Screenshot of David Gilmer.
June 26, 2024 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Farming, Livestock, Health, The PROMISE Initiative

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Longtime dairy farmers David and Will Gilmer made the tough decision six years ago to get out of the dairy cattle business. The father-and-son team decided to transition their farm to beef cattle. However, the beef cattle business comes with its own stressful challenges.

An older man drinks water in the kitchen.
June 25, 2024 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Heat-related illness is a concern for anyone as summer temperatures rise, but older adults are at greater risk of being negatively impacted. Extreme heat -- when temperatures rise above 90 degrees and combine with high humidity for two or more days -- is even more dangerous and can be deadly.

Two women and a child stand behind a kitchen counter filled with ingredients to make a smoothie
June 19, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness

June is National Dairy Month! As the temperatures rise, it is a great time to cool off with a tasty and nutritious dairy-based smoothie.

A veterinarian loads a syringe with medication for an animal.
June 18, 2024 - Filed Under: Food and Health, Health, The PROMISE Initiative

Dr. Kim Klunk expected a certain level of stress when she began practicing veterinary medicine two years ago near her hometown of Magnolia, Mississippi. “It’s one of those things that you hear other people talk about when you’re in vet school, but you don’t realize the complexity of all of it until you experience it yourself,” said Klunk, who works with her mother Dr. Rachel Bateman at her mixed-animal clinic in McComb. It’s a common realization for many veterinarians who deal daily with financial concerns, work-life balance, compassion fatigue and client relationships among other stressful challenges of the profession.

Honey in a jar.
June 14, 2024 - Filed Under: Beekeeping, Food Safety

There is nothing like the taste of a sweet spoon of honey. The versatility of honey makes it a very useful item to have around the kitchen, and for that reason, raising honeybees and selling the honey has become increasingly popular.

A bowl of Broccoli and Everything Salad
June 11, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Broccoli and Everything Salad can be a side dish or a meal in itself.

Fruits and vegetables in clear containers in a fridge.
June 10, 2024 - Filed Under: Food

I’m sure you’ve heard “food tossed is money lost.” That’s so true, especially given the cost of food right now!

Five women seated around a table view an assortment of food items and food guideline workbooks as a man stands nearby and looks on.
June 5, 2024 - Filed Under: Community, Food and Health, AIM for CHangE, Nutrition

JACKSON, Miss. -- Food pantry clients may soon find healthier options more often thanks to new food service guidelines.

Thirty-five participants representing 10 food pantries across the state recently received hands-on experience after being trained in the Supporting Wellness at Pantries, or SWAP, guidelines. The collaborative training by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Food Network took place in Jackson.

A woman stands in a kitchen holding a glass of peach cooler for the camera.
June 5, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

Peach Cooler is a cool, creamy, and refreshing drink.

A bowl of Mediterranean Salad.
May 21, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

This Mediterranean Salad makes a great meal or side dish.

Two children make melon balls from a watermelon.
May 20, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Food Safety

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Young people can learn about local foods, kitchen basics and easy recipes at an upcoming Mississippi State University camp. The Culinary Arts Kids Camp is a hands-on, weeklong day camp hosted by the MSU Extension Service and the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion.

Closeup of a dial on a pressure canner.
May 17, 2024 - Filed Under: Fruit, Food and Health, Food, Food Safety, Lawn and Garden, Vegetable Gardens

Home canning is an economical way to preserve the bounty of your garden. This Q&A may answer some questions for you, whether you’re new to canning or you’ve been canning for years.

A woman stands behind a kitchen counter with a variety of foods displayed.
May 15, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition and Wellness

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a significant risk factor for heart disease. However, healthy lifestyle choices can reduce or eliminate your risk.

A plate of PBJ Nachos
May 9, 2024 - Filed Under: Food, Nutrition

These simple five-minute peanut butter and jelly apple nachos are the perfect treat!