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Extension, MAFES host seed tech short course

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cover crop economics and seed mixture considerations will be two of the many topics covered at this year's Seed Technology Short Course.

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MSU scientist part of regional organic project

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Mississippi State University vegetable expert is part of a project designed to support and strengthen organic farming in the Southeast.

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MSU field day addresses new herbicide technology

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Row crop producers can learn best practices for adding auxin herbicides to their weed control tool box at a field day June 29.

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MSU beef field day covers herd health, production

Monday, May 15, 2017

Cattle producers in south Mississippi can learn about techniques to improve herd health and advancements in production systems during an upcoming field day in Raymond.

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MSU researchers continue to study, monitor 'crazy ants'

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mississippi State University researchers are continuing to study a "crazy" creature found in Mississippi's coastal counties.

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Major MSU ag units announce annual achievement honorees

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nearly two dozen Mississippi State faculty, staff and students are 2017 selections for major awards in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

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MAFES researchers at MSU work to extend blueberry season

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In-season blueberries are a fleeting summer treat. But with the help of high tunnels—structures that shelter plants from the elements—a Mississippi State University researcher hopes to make Mississippi-grown blueberries available for longer periods of time.

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MSU researcher Lemley chosen for major regional recognition

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

An animal physiology specialist at Mississippi State is receiving a major honor from the Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science.

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The future of water: MSU researcher studies hydrology, ecology with practical applications for conservation

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Water. How can something so simple be so complex?

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Genomic testing can improve state dairy herds

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Mississippi State University scientist is using genomic testing to help improve the profitability of commercial dairies in Mississippi.

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Producers share priorities with MSU scientists, agents

Friday, February 24, 2017

Agricultural producers and industry professionals in central Mississippi met with agents and research scientists of the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Feb. 22 to share input and give feedback.

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New rice growing plan uses same weed control

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Growing rice on fields that are alternating wet and dry is gaining popularity across Mississippi as producers learn they can effectively control weeds under this nontraditional system.

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MSU celebrates effective partnerships with producers

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mississippi State University specialists and researchers met with northeast Mississippi agricultural producers in Verona on Feb. 16 to provide updates and hear requests for future programs.

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Food marketing, distribution group honors MSU faculty member

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

An agricultural economist at Mississippi State is receiving a major recognition from the Food Distribution Research Society.

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MSU names new head for coastal center

Friday, January 27, 2017

James E. Henderson has been selected head of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center.

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Animal scientist will lead research, extension center

Friday, January 27, 2017

Jane Parish will take the reins at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center on Feb. 1.

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Nitrogen applied as usual in new rice growing plan

Friday, January 20, 2017

A new way of growing rice keeps costs down while maintaining yields, and Mississippi State University researchers say the method does not hinder application of the key fertilizer.

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Greenhouse tomato course set for March 7 and 8

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 27th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 7 and 8.

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MSU researchers describe new disease of impatiens

Friday, January 13, 2017

When impatiens planted as part of a Mississippi State University variety trial died within two weeks, researchers acted quickly and described a pathogen never before seen in this flower.

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Rice growers reduce water, maintain yields

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mississippi State University researchers have a plan to drastically change the way rice farmers grow their crop while cutting water use by one-third and maintaining yields.

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Partnership to study effects of cover crops at local farm

Friday, December 2, 2016

This winter, a Mississippi farm will serve as a research facility for a multiyear project involving local, state and federal partners.

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MSU bioinformatics researcher's avian natural selection study published in 'Science'

Friday, November 11, 2016

The unexpected findings of a two-nation research team including a Mississippi State scientist are featured in a recent edition of a leading academic journal.

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Federico Hoffmann & Florencia Meyer

Monday, November 7, 2016

One might think Uruguay is a world away from Mississippi State. While in many ways Montevideo, Uruguay, 5,000 miles to the south, is vastly different from Starkville, Federico Hoffmann said the local community reminds him a little of home.

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Annual MSU horse auction takes bids starting Nov. 14

Friday, November 4, 2016

Seventeen animals are available for purchase through the annual Mississippi State University horse auction Nov. 14-19.

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MSU sorghum research focuses on aphid control

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fewer Mississippi producers are looking at grain sorghum as a crop rotation option since an introduced pest became a major problem, a trend Mississippi State University researchers are working to reverse.

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MSU professor to speak at national agriculture summit

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Mississippi State faculty member will speak at the U.S.D.A. National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Data Science in Agriculture Summit on Monday [Oct. 10] in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Extension, MAFES will host a winemaking workshop

Monday, September 19, 2016

Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host a winemaking tutorial next month.

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Our People: Chase King and Shane Carver

Monday, September 12, 2016

While on a break from their professional conference in Perdido Beach, Alabama, Chase King and Shane Carver saved a man from drowning in the extremely rough surf.

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Cochran Fellows enjoy research visit to Mississippi State

Friday, August 12, 2016

Scientists from Senegal and Mali recently visited Mississippi State University as Cochran Fellows. During the fellowship, these agricultural professionals gained firsthand skills and knowledge related to climate smart agriculture, agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy and marketing. The program, named after U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), is funded by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The project is hosted through MSU's International Institute.

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MSU launches online seed research data file, updated training

Friday, July 29, 2016

Nearly five decades of Mississippi State’s internationally recognized research in seed technology now is available online.

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MSU catfish vaccine report gets national spotlight

Friday, July 29, 2016

Mississippi State researchers with the Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center at MSU's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville are receiving a major honor from the American Fisheries Society.

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Our People: Raja Reddy

Monday, July 25, 2016

K. Raja Reddy's goals are lofty: to find new ways to help feed the world. As a research scientist in the university's Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, he is working on achieving that goal by determining how global climate change impacts the biology of crops.

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New rice variety serves niche for Mississippi rice growers

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Nearly half of all rice produced in the U.S. is exported, so Mississippi farmers need rice variety options to ensure strong foreign demand for their harvests.

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MSU spearheads effort to protect local watershed

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

More than 20 campus units and 30 faculty and staff members at Mississippi State University are teaming up with state and federal agencies and local stakeholders to restore the water quality of a creek that flows through campus and is the focal point of the Catalpa Creek watershed.

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Nationally recognized MSU faculty member helps automaker aid the environment

Monday, May 16, 2016

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation has named a Mississippi State landscape architecture associate professor as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year.

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MSU researchers honored for preschool learning garden project

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mississippi State researchers are being recognized for efforts to tackle childhood obesity through a new comprehensive prevention program.

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Egyptian veterinarian studies at MSU through USDA program

Friday, April 8, 2016

New research techniques learned at Mississippi State University through a scholar exchange program will help a cattle veterinarian from Egypt as she pursues a doctoral education in food safety.

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Delta-based MSU researchers receive national recognitions

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Two Mississippi State scientists at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville are being honored by national commodity organizations for outstanding research.

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MSU joins coalition to help farmers manage, control data

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mississippi State University has joined a new initiative dedicated to helping farmers better control, manage and maximize the value of the data they collect every day in their fields.

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MSU answers need for seed technology

Friday, February 26, 2016

Mississippi growers are relying on seed technologists to address issues related to their crops before the 2016 season begins.

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Agricultural producers pitch research requests

Monday, February 22, 2016

More than 230 commodity producers in northeast Mississippi shared their research and outreach needs with Mississippi State University specialists, researchers and administrators during the annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 18

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Central area producers discuss priorities with MSU

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Approximately 180 central Mississippi agricultural producers and Mississippi State University experts met on Feb. 16 to discuss research and educational priorities for the upcoming year.

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MSU invites ag producers to Feb. 16 advisory meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 16 in Raymond.

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MSU researchers fight poultry pathogens

Friday, January 8, 2016

Scientists at Mississippi State University are working to rid poultry products of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness before they leave the processing plant.

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MSU professor helps feed a community

Monday, December 21, 2015

One in nine people on earth do not have enough to eat; in America it's one in seven; and in Mississippi, one in four.

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Extension, MAFES faculty identify soybean disease

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mississippi State University researchers have identified a new disease that has reduced yields in several soybean fields across the state in recent years.

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MSU administrator to lead rural development center

Friday, December 11, 2015

A longtime department head at Mississippi State University has been named the new director of the Southern Rural Development Center.

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MSU research station earns national respect

Friday, November 6, 2015

The All-America Selections organization named a Mississippi State University experiment station as one of the top landscape gardens in North America.

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MSU forage tests help companies, producers

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rocky Lemus knows there are times when watching grass grow is incredibly exciting.

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Extension contributes to Experiment Station energy lab upgrades

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

For five years, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Mobile Environmental and Energy Lab has taken the latest developments in poultry production technology on the road.

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Annual MSU horse sale offers quality, variety

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mississippi State University's annual online horse auction opens for preview Nov. 3 and features 24 horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association.

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New insect, weed and disease threats challenge producers

Friday, October 30, 2015

Farmers know how to handle ongoing threats posed by insects, diseases, and weeds, but new threats continue to surface that keep them on high alert and change the way they operate.

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MSU experts help growers fight aphids in sorghum

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mississippi State University researchers have spent the last few years on the front lines protecting a $33 million dollar crop in Mississippi.

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MSU researchers examine Twitter use during major weather events

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Two Mississippi State researchers continue work on a two-year study of how social media may be better applied during extreme weather events that disrupt normal communication channels.

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Home gardening fest set for Oct. 16 and 17

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Southeast's most popular home gardening event will open to home gardeners and horticultural professionals Oct. 16 and 17 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs.

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Health and wellness expert to lead MSU department

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The executive vice president and provost of the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon, has been named head of the Mississippi State University Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion.

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MSU research facility changes to meet needs

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mississippi State University's Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station is completing a transformation from the state's premier dairy research facility to a site that focuses on land management.

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MSU researcher Varco named Triplett Chair holder

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An award-winning Mississippi State researcher is receiving another campus recognition.

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Invasive Asian carp pose double threat

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Many Mississippians are aware of the damage wild hogs do to the land in the region, but they may not know the Mississippi River and surrounding waters are facing a serious threat from another invasive species—the Asian carp.

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What's good for the birds is also good for the beef

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The old adage "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" may have a new twist when it comes to cattle forages.

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Seed treatments lose punch against thrips

Monday, June 29, 2015

Seed treatments have minimized thrips damage for the last decade, but farmers and entomologists fear some pesticides may be losing their punch in protecting cotton.

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MSU dairy plant gets upgrade; customers urged to place cheese orders early

Monday, June 29, 2015

Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University are helping ensure the next generation of Bulldogs can enjoy the same quality which MSU cheese connoisseurs have come to appreciate and expect.

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MSU professor to lead national beef organization

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Mississippi State University professor is the new executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation.

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Food access is an issue for older Mississippians

Friday, May 22, 2015

Eating a bowl of cereal for dinner can demonstrate the many factors that contribute to food insecurity for older Americans.

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Actions, inactions impact soil health

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mississippi farmers should not take the state's rich soil for granted, but the question of the best way to treat this valuable resource sparks debate.

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Hay, forage producers wage war on fire ants

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Southern farmers may never win the battle against imported fire ants, but aggressive tactics can slow the pests’ invasion, reduce damage and prevent further spread across the United States.

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Rice planting halted by frequent rains

Friday, May 1, 2015

On paper, Mississippi's rice crop is right on schedule, with half the crop planted by late April, but the reality is that recent rains have left planting at a near standstill.

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Beef Unit Field Day highlights research

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beef cattle producers should make plans to spend the day on campus for the Mississippi State University Beef Unit Field Day.

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MSU store offers frozen catfish fillets to shoppers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Frozen catfish fillets have joined Edam cheese, ice cream, muscadine juice, peanuts, beef and more in the lineup of local products for sale in the Mississippi State University Cheese Store.

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Coastal ag producers, MSU experts exchange ideas

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mississippi State University experts met with agricultural producers and industry professionals recently to exchange ideas about educational programming and research for 2015.

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Parchman fowl unite MSU, state agencies

Friday, February 27, 2015

A chicken flock at the state’s largest correctional facility is uniting the Mississippi State University, Mississippi Department of Health and Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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Water conservation practices can provide great benefits

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The benefits for conserving water for farmers are the reduction of costs and the retaining of a higher yield, and Mississippi State University is promoting tools to help them achieve that goal.

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Central Mississippi producers give, receive MSU guidance

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Central Mississippi agriculture producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University experts Feb. 17 to provide guidance for 2015 educational programming and research.

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North Mississippi producers review ag needs with MSU

Monday, February 23, 2015

Agricultural producers from 27 counties and 16 commodity groups in north Mississippi met with Mississippi State University representatives Feb. 19 to discuss research and outreach needs.

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Seed treatments can reduce pest battles as crops grow

Friday, February 20, 2015

Corn, cotton and soybean producers have to strike a balance between risk prevention and wise spending to achieve good profits each year.

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MSU weed science professor named Hartwig chair

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An award-winning Mississippi State weed science professor is receiving another high honor, this time in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Greenhouse tomato short course set for March 3-4

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals can learn all aspects of production during the 25th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 3 and 4 in Raymond.

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Farm bill deadlines are approaching

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two critical 2014 farm bill deadlines are approaching fast, and Mississippi State University experts encourage producers to take action now.

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UAVs have MSU research and Extension applications

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mississippi State University researchers are preparing for the day when unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, can be used commercially in agriculture.

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Now is the time to spot, treat cogongrass patches

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cogongrass will not be in bloom for at least another two months, but now is the time for people who suspect they may have this weed on their property to find out for sure.

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Control resistant weeds before spring planting

Monday, February 2, 2015

With spring right around the corner, experts say now is the time for producers to control weeds that have developed resistance to commonly used herbicides.

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MSU genome research reputation grows, grabs national spotlight

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recent findings that shed new light on ancient and modern connections between dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds have Mississippi State scientists playing important roles as the research moves forward.

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Coastal area producers to meet Feb. 24

Monday, January 26, 2015

Coastal region agriculture producers and other interested clients are invited to help direct educational programming and research provided by Mississippi State University.

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MSU sesame test plots back growing interest

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mississippi farmers interested in growing sesame have to rely mainly on recommendations made for Texas fields, a problem Mississippi State University researchers in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are working to address.

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Commodity advisory meeting set for Feb. 17

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Agriculture clients in central Mississippi are invited to help direct educational programming and research provided by Mississippi State University.

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MSU to host Producer Advisory Council Feb. 19

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 19 in Verona.

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Ag values set to top $7B for third year

Friday, December 19, 2014

Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013.

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Make a resolution to get more sleep this new year

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Year's Resolutions can be difficult to maintain, but one that is worth keeping is getting more sleep at night.

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Summit explores efficient water usage across the Delta

Friday, December 12, 2014

Mississippi’s agricultural industry is not going about “business as usual” above ground while the underground water supplies decline every year.

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MSU variety trial info aids farmers’ decisions

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MSU conducts extensive official variety trials each growing season to document the performance of seed varieties under different growing conditions.

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Survive holiday grief like marathon training

Monday, November 24, 2014

Experts from Mississippi State University recommend that those coping with the loss of a loved one slow down amid the hustle and bustle of the season.

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Brown Loam renamed in honor of long-time leader

Friday, November 21, 2014

E.G. “Gene” Morrison spent more than 40 years with Mississippi State University, where he devoted his career to research projects aimed at improving livestock production methods.

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Water Conservation Summit planned for Dec. 10 in Delta

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Row crop producers, landowners and others interested in the latest research findings and technologies related to water management can attend a one-day event in Stoneville.

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In honoring veterans, MSU rose garden also serves campus, community

Monday, November 10, 2014

National Veterans Day will be celebrated Tuesday [Nov. 11] but one location at Mississippi State serves as a permanent, year-round outdoor tribute to former U.S. service members, including the more than 220,000 in the Magnolia State.

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Bulls contribute to MSU auction

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Buyers shopping the Mississippi State University horse auction may be surprised to see bulls in the online photo lineup this fall.

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Equine lessons continue at MSU horse auction

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Most Mississippi State University horses arrive on campus in the spring educating students about the foaling process and leave in November teaching them about auctions.

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An MSU plant virologist earns major recognition

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Mississippi State University plant virologist has been invited to join the prestigious executive committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, or ICTV.

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Harsh Oct. 13 storm should not hurt yields

Friday, October 17, 2014

The major storm that passed through the state Oct. 13 brought a lot of wind and rain but caused little damage to the state’s row crops, because most of them were already harvested.

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MSU hires additional horticulture specialist

Friday, October 10, 2014

A new horticulture research scientist joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Oct. 1.

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Produce growers to give input on revisions to law

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Members of the produce industry have two opportunities to evaluate and comment on revisions to proposed changes to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety law.

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MSU's foundation seed serves suppliers, growers

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mississippi State University’s foundation seed program, a unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, has provided seed to Mississippi seed distributors and growers for 55 years.

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Study helps MSU scientists make best recommendations

Monday, September 22, 2014

The thousands of dollars farmers invest in equipment, seed and labor to produce row crops, such as soybeans, cotton and corn, is wasted if they do not have quality soil.

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Fall garden fest set for Oct. 17-18

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Leisure gardeners and horticulture professionals are invited to attend the Southeast’s most popular gardening show Oct. 17 and 18 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Experiment Station.

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Pivot irrigation, not furrows, is most economical for Delta

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pivot irrigation is no longer a common sight across the Delta, but experts say this system remains a viable and efficient way to water crops.

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Early signs point to good rice harvest

Friday, September 5, 2014

Although most Mississippi rice growers battled frequent spring rains that delayed planting, hampered fertilization and challenged insect and disease management, early signs point toward a good harvest.

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Horticulture field day set for early October

Friday, September 5, 2014

Horticulture enthusiasts and industry professionals can hear research updates and tour demonstration gardens at the Mississippi State University South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville on Oct. 2.

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Demand for local produce, markets continues to grow

Friday, August 29, 2014

As demand increases for locally grown produce, farmers markets have become a way to take fresh fruits and vegetables directly to customers.

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MSU store to sell local, raw, shelled peanuts

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mississippi State University fans can cheer for a new food product this fall.

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Soybean growers hope to harvest a record yield

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mississippi soybean growers are on track to harvest a record yield this year despite the cool, wet weather that kept most producers behind schedule by two to three weeks.

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Jumping trapjaw ant found in Mississippi

Friday, August 22, 2014

A large, jumping ant has reached large enough numbers that its slow invasion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is starting to be noticed.

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Delta plantation succeeds with conservation efforts

Monday, August 11, 2014

Conservation land management practices have made the Pleasant Lake Plantation in Leflore County a model of sustainability and functionality.

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MSU scientists study, report about agricultural concerns

Monday, August 11, 2014

Row-crop farmers and agricultural consultants heard reports on some of the challenges researchers are studying at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center during the Aug. 7 field day.

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Some wheat producers have insurance options

Friday, August 8, 2014

Winter wheat producers in five Mississippi counties can add a Supplemental Coverage Option to their crop insurance for 2015.

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Research suggests buddy system helps dairy calves develop

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Everyone needs friends to improve their quality of life, even dairy calves.

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UAVs seen as critical in precision agriculture

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It is hard to compare an unmanned aerial vehicle to a magnetic resonance imaging--MRI--machine, but that is how the director of Mississippi State's Geosystems Research Institute sees it.

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MSU researchers explore early corn planting

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As early corn comes to market in July, growers are reminded that timing counts for a lot when it comes to planting corn.

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MSU releases wheat variety trial data

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mississippi State University has released the results of the winter wheat variety trials to help farmers plan for fall and winter wheat planting.

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Sweet potato field day planned for Aug. 20

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sweet potato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals can learn about current research and issues at a field day Aug. 20.

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MSU ice cream gains popularity

Friday, July 18, 2014

As temperatures increase, so does the production of Mississippi State University’s ice cream, especially in July, which is National Ice Cream Month.

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Late-season field day examines Delta crops

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Growers and consultants are invited to the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center Aug. 13 for a look at late-season issues affecting the state’s row crop acreage.

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MSU hires international rice breeder at Stoneville

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mississippi State University increased its support of the state’s rice industry in the state with the recent appointment of Ed Redoña as rice breeder at the Delta Research and Extension Center.

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Food safety covered at July 18 field day

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fruit and vegetable growers who sell their produce at local farmers markets and to schools or retailers can learn about food safety training, certification programs and new government rules during a July 18 field day in Goodman.

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New head named for MSU department

Friday, July 11, 2014

A biochemist with 37 years of experience has been named head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology.

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Row crops field day offers education, tours

Monday, July 7, 2014

The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Aug. 7 will present the latest research to area farmers and consultants.

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Mississippi’s first tea farm off to good start

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mississippi’s cold, wet winter and spring gave the state’s new tea farm its first test.

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MSU farm bill simulation gives soybean crop advice

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mississippi State University scientists analyzed risk-management programs in the Agricultural Act of 2014 and have a recommendation to help soybean producers make informed decisions.

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MSU field day highlighted current row crop concerns

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mississippi State University personnel gathered Tuesday to address weed, insect, disease and plant development concerns related to the challenge of another growing season pushed off schedule by a late, wet spring.

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MSU hires new researcher at Coastal Plain station

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station welcomed a plant materials specialist on June 16.

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Wet weather delays soybean growth

Friday, June 13, 2014

Although most of the state’s soybeans have been planted, Mississippi famers will have to deal with the consequences of this spring’s wet weather for the rest of the growing season.

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MSU researchers to test pest control methods

Monday, June 9, 2014

Researchers at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center believe a new research project can help farmers reduce their number of pesticide applications without reducing peanut yield.

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Late start, rains have delayed rice flooding

Friday, June 6, 2014

With Mississippi's rice crop about two weeks later than normal, growers will have narrow windows of opportunity to perform necessary management as it grows.

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Bird beak's design may lead to better helmets

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A woodpecker may not make a good football mascot, but Mississippi State University researchers think this bird’s shock-absorbing beak may help them design a better football helmet.

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State's largest research station hosts field day

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Researchers will provide farmers and consultants with insight into crop studies and listen to ideas for future projects during the June 17 field day at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center.

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MSU experts share tips to manage insects, weeds

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Farmers and gardeners can learn how to control insects, weeds and diseases at the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm field day on June 20.

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MSU joins task force to address water quality

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mississippi State University and 11 other land-grant universities recently joined a national effort to improve water quality in one of the nation's most significant watersheds.

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MSU grad student offers, receives ag policy insight

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Mississippi State University graduate student recently took part in an elite group meeting with policymakers in Washington, D.C.

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MSU professor makes international connections

Monday, June 2, 2014

When Raja Reddy came to Mississippi State University from India 25 years ago, he saw opportunities for his family and for his research. As an agricultural scientist, he understands the concept of reaping what he sows.

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Health promotion specialist hired at Mississippi State

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mississippi State University has a new source for health-related programs.

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MSU food technologist named an international fellow

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Mississippi State University food science professor has been named a fellow in an international professional organization.

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MSU research associate finds her field in rice

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jennifer Corbin is one of a kind. A Mississippi State University research associate at the Delta Research and Extension Center, Corbin is the only female rice researcher at the Stoneville center and the most senior on her project.

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Good weather starts peanut crop off strong

Friday, May 23, 2014

Most peanut growers are on schedule despite the cool, wet weather that hit Mississippi at the beginning of May.

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MSU scientists change rice stink bug advice

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mississippi rice producers may need to intensify their treatment of the most important late-season pest in rice based on new recommendations from researchers at the Delta Research and Extension Center.

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Compacted soil prevents ideal root development

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fields that appear lush and green from the highway may be deceiving: Plant roots could be struggling to grow and find resources because of underground soil compaction.

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Time, organic matter can aid compacted soil

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Because it happens out of sight, soil compaction is a problem that can be hard to recognize and even harder to fix, but it takes a financial toll when ignored.

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Panda restoration efforts look at digestive systems

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mississippi State University researchers were part of the team that learned that giant and red pandas have different digestive microbes, a finding with important implications for conservation efforts and captive animal rearing.

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Rain-free week allowed planting to gain ground

Friday, May 16, 2014

Frequent rains kept farmers indoors through much of April, but clear weather in early May allowed them to play catch-up on row-crop planting.

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State soybean value grew $1B since 2006

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Soybeans have been an important commodity in Mississippi for more than 50 years, but recent advances have pushed the crop’s value above $1 billion.

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MSU personnel awarded for outstanding research, service

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station recently honored several members of the Mississippi State University faculty, staff and student body for outstanding research, service and facility maintenance.

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MSU experts hear growers’ education, research needs

Friday, February 28, 2014

A group of about 120 coastal-area agriculture producers met Feb. 25 in Biloxi for the Coastal Research and Extension Center’s Producer Advisory Council to help Mississippi State University experts understand growers' needs.

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Ag producers receive reports, make requests

Friday, February 28, 2014

More than 300 north Mississippi agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University representatives to hear research results and recommendations and to express what they need from the university in the coming year.

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MSU food scientist made an international fellow

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mississippi State University food scientist Sam Chang has been elected a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology and will represent MSU in this field's largest academy in the world.

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Producers provide input for education, research

Monday, February 24, 2014

More than 150 central Mississippi agricultural producers gathered Feb. 18 to discuss priorities and ideas with Mississippi State University experts.

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MSU sets new thresholds for row crop treatment

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Mississippi producers who rely on Mississippi State University for information have some valuable new information to help them better time their insecticide applications in 2014.

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Produce markets' growth spurs food safety learning

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Since consumers expect the fresh produce they buy from Mississippi growers to be healthy, learning how to handle fruits and vegetables from seed to sale properly is vital.

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Winter planning allows good irrigation changes

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The downtime of winter is the perfect time to put into place three tools to make irrigation more efficient in the growing season.

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Farm to School program covered at Feb. field day

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fruit and vegetable growers can learn how to supply local schools with their produce during a Feb. 21 field day at the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm in Goodman.

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MSU students, faculty win weed science honors

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Southern Weed Science Society recently honored several Mississippi State University students and faculty members for their outstanding contributions.

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Tomato short course set for March 4 and 5

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Greenhouse tomato growers can learn everything from greenhouse design to budgeting during the 24th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 4-5 in Raymond.

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Commodity advisory meeting set for Feb. 25

Monday, January 27, 2014

An upcoming meeting will allow producers of various commodities in Mississippi’s coastal region to help guide Mississippi State University’s research and educational programs in the district.

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Commodity advisory meeting set for Feb. 18

Friday, January 24, 2014

Central Mississippi agriculture producers can provide input and direction on educational programming and research delivered by Mississippi State University.

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Blueberry workshop offers research, harvesting advice

Thursday, January 23, 2014

An expert in the mechanized harvesting of blueberries and other fruit crops will be the keynote speaker at an educational workshop for blueberry growers on Feb. 13.

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Competition introduces students to the industry

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Most student projects are done for a grade, but a Mississippi State University competition lets students see who can present research findings the best.

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Farmers markets provide opportunity for growers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Finding a special product that consumers want can help growers stand out in the increasingly crowded farmers market.

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Lemus receives award for forage contributions

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Mississippi State University forage expert received an award for outstanding contributions to the field from the American Forage and Grassland Council during its recent national meeting.

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MSU will host ag producers in Verona Feb. 20

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mississippi State University's North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 20 at the Magnolia Conference Center in Verona.

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Year of monthly field days begins Jan. 17

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fruit, vegetable and flower growers can learn ways to improve their skills and productivity during a year-long series of monthly field days beginning Jan. 17.

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McCurdy joins MSU as state turf specialist

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station welcome a new state turf specialist on Jan. 1.

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Moisture sensors are key part of efficient irrigation

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

If Jason Krutz could put one item on the Christmas list of every row crop farmer in Mississippi, Santa’s elves could not make enough soil moisture sensors to keep up with demand.

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MSU researchers find rice seed treatments work

Friday, December 13, 2013

After testing scores of samples taken from rice fields across the state, Mississippi State University scientists found that seed treatments are effective in managing the crop’s most troublesome insect pests.

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MSU dedicates Verner Hurt Blvd., rededicates Foil Research Center

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mississippi State University officials today [Dec. 11] dedicated Verner Hurt Blvd., the road entering the Rodney Foil Plant Science Research Center.

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Sarver joins MSU Jan. 3 as state peanut specialist

Friday, December 6, 2013

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

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Food safety workshops set for produce growers

Monday, November 25, 2013

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

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Special seminar addresses unique forage management

Friday, November 15, 2013

A special Nov. 19 seminar at a Mississippi State University greenhouse classroom will train participants in pasture and forage management for dual cattle systems.

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Row crops short course preps farmers for 2014

Friday, November 15, 2013

The annual Row Crop Short Course that offers three days of intensive agricultural education in December will start with a heavy focus on irrigation.

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MSU experts make tarnished plant bug recommendations

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New research shows potential for offering new strategies to limit tarnished plant bug damage in cotton, but sure options already exist.

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Insect workshop poses solutions for global hunger

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Insect-rearing enthusiasts from all over the world gathered at Mississippi State University to learn from specialists in the field at the 16th annual Insect Rearing Workshop.

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Sweet potato conference wins a national award

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A sweet potato production conference organized by Mississippi State University faculty and collaborators in other states won a national award on Nov. 10 for excellence in promoting multistate research.

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MSU administrator elected to regional post

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is the new chair-elect of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

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MSU part of consortium awarded $25 million for food security research

Monday, November 11, 2013

Mississippi State University is among a consortium of universities and other partners receiving a $25 million, five-year international grant to boost soybean production across Africa.

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MSU experts give tips on crop preparation

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Growers can get tips on preparing for spring planting during a Nov. 22 field day at the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm in Goodman.

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Annual MSU horse sale goes high-tech

Friday, November 1, 2013

Preparing for the production sale of horses from the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station has required part old-fashioned hard work and part new-fangled technology.

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MSU conducting survey to find resistant fungus

Friday, November 1, 2013

A statewide survey that Mississippi State University began this summer will continue next year as researchers look for a particular fungal disease that is developing resistance to chemical control.

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Large donation expands MSU's beetle collection

Friday, October 25, 2013

A career spent in forestry in the Southeast gave Leon Cambre the opportunity to collect more than 10,000 long-horned beetle specimens that he recently donated to Mississippi State University.

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MSU leaders tapped for national program

Friday, October 25, 2013

Two Mississippi State University administrators have been accepted into a two-year leadership development program that will connect them with food systems peers and industry professionals.

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Partnership allows MSU swine nutrition research

Friday, October 18, 2013

A partnership with Prestage Farms Inc. is allowing Mississippi State University to improve its swine research facility as university scientists prepare to resume swine-related studies.

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MSU horses for sale in first online auction

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mississippi State University is moving a popular horse sale into cyberspace with a special online auction.

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MSU experts contribute to Ask This Old House segment

Monday, October 14, 2013

Biloxi homeowner Jesse Aguilar got a little help installing a high tunnel in his backyard from two Mississippi State University horticulture scientists and the traveling home improvement show "Ask This Old House."

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MSU scientists battle herbicide resistance

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mississippi State University scientists are leading the charge in the fight against glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass with a research-based plan of attack.

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Fruit, vegetable growers to meet Nov. 13-15

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fruit and vegetable growers can learn the latest tips and techniques at an upcoming conference near Philadelphia.

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Irrigation, water conservation issues are high MSU priorities

Thursday, October 3, 2013

When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful.

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Vilsack praises MSU's agricultural research contributions

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mississippi State University officials toured U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack around campus Wednesday in a rare opportunity to brief a sitting Cabinet member on significant federally funded research projects.

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Annual fall fest: Oct. 18-19 - Thousands will converge on flower, garden show

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Garden and landscape enthusiasts will flock to the Fall Flower and Garden Fest on Oct. 18 and 19 at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs for plant and health recommendations.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture makes mid-week visit to MSU

Monday, September 23, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. "Tom" Vilsack will be at Mississippi State Wednesday [Sept. 25] for a tour of campus and briefings on major research projects funded by the Department of Agriculture.

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Sweet potato undercutter studies show promise

Friday, September 20, 2013

A machine designed by a group of Mississippi State University researchers could help sweet potato farmers reduce skinning injury to potatoes and speed up harvest.

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New head named for MSU's Delta center

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mississippi State University's largest agricultural research center will get a new leader Nov. 16.

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MSU researchers seek to develop nerve agent antidotes

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New research at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Experiment Station may lead to the creation of an antidote that works before severe damage occurs.

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Tour and open house set for new MSU trial gardens

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bulldog fans in town early for the Sept. 21 game can spend the morning getting ideas for their home landscapes at a tour and open house at Mississippi State University's new trial gardens.

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Mississippi legislators learn about wild hogs

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mississippi legislators attended a special meeting on Sept. 9 to learn about the "greatest emerging wildlife challenge of the 21st century."

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Base irrigation decisions on maturity, soil moisture

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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

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Oct. 10 MSU field day focuses on horticulture

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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.

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Sept. field day covers fall crops, legal issues

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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.

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MSU scientists study reproduction mysteries

Friday, August 30, 2013

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

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MSU ranks in the top 10 for ag sciences research

Friday, August 30, 2013

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.

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Research is impacted by natural disasters

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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.

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Gardeners anticipate fall tour in Verona

Thursday, August 22, 2013

North Mississippi flower and vegetable gardeners will have the opportunity to tour fall horticulture plots at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center on Sept. 28.

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MSU associate provost made honorary member of college

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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

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MSU helps farmers irrigate efficiently

Thursday, August 22, 2013

When it comes to irrigating crops, farmers are like Goldilocks.

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MSU sweet potato field day Aug. 22

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sweet potato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals can learn about recent weed, insect and disease control research during an upcoming field day.

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MSU professors work with parents for healthy families

Monday, August 5, 2013

Getting enough sleep can significantly improve a child's readiness for school and general well-being.

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MSU salamander work has conservation impact

Friday, August 2, 2013

A tough bunch of salamanders found a home in a brand-new lab at Mississippi State University, where they are helping researchers learn how to keep populations of these amphibians from declining worldwide.

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Mars Food supports rice research with gift

Friday, August 2, 2013

Farmers and consultants came to the 2013 Rice Field Day to learn the latest rice growing recommendations, but they also witnessed the industry’s support of Mississippi State University's research program.

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Beets in rotations may offer profitable options

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Energy beets could be the answer to Mississippi farmers’ quest for off-season income and provide an alternative energy source for the nation’s expanding biofuels markets.

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State truck crops have growing consumer value

Friday, July 26, 2013

Greater consumer demand for locally grown produce has made truck crops a bigger part of the state’s overall agricultural production and increased related research at Mississippi State University.

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Young researchers study reproductive challenges

Friday, July 26, 2013

Their classmates may be taking the summer off, but two undergraduate students at Mississippi State University are spending long hours in a laboratory conducting studies that would challenge seasoned researchers.

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Simulated hibernation aids MSU toad work

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mississippi State University researchers successfully promoted egg laying in threatened Boreal toads when they moved the amphibians out of the refrigerator and into the wine chiller.

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Annual muscadine field day set for Aug. 24

Monday, July 22, 2013

Muscadine grape growers can hear about the latest research and see fruit on the vine at Mississippi State University’s McNeill Experiment Station in Pearl River County on Aug. 24.

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MSU administrator named society fellow

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Mississippi State University administrator has been named a fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division.

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Corn, soybean growers receive farming advice

Friday, July 19, 2013

Irrigation and precision agriculture were hot topics for corn and soybean growers and crop consultants who gathered in Stoneville for a July 18 event.

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Critically endangered frogs housed at MSU

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mississippi State University has joined the ranks of conservationists trying to increase the population of one of the most critically endangered species living in North America.

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MSU finds less costly approach to feeding fish

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mississippi State University scientists looking to help catfish producers keep costs low and quality high have found catfish can thrive for the first six weeks after hatching by feeding on naturally occurring zooplankton.

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Naming ceremony held for MSU research center

Friday, July 12, 2013

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.

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Field day showcases the White Sand Unit

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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.

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MSU holds July 18 Corn and Soybean Field Day

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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.

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Safe handling workshop set for seafood industry

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.

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Research center named for longtime MSU employee

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mississippi State University will honor the memory of longtime employee Frank T. “Butch” Withers Jr. by naming the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond after him.

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Four MSU ag experts join new LEAD21 class

Friday, June 7, 2013

Four representatives of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine will participate in a national program targeting future agricultural leaders.

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MSU flower gardens test new varieties, conditions

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Many frustrated gardeners have noted how plants often look their best on retail shelves, but ongoing tests at Mississippi State University helps these gardeners figure out which flowers will meet expectations.

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Tour will highlight a spring soybean weed

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Soybean growers and consultants will benefit from an upcoming tour that teaches control measures for a springtime weed that plagues fields every year.

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Belzoni farm uses REACH methods

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Conservation-minded Mississippi farmers have enrolled 126,470 acres in the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat program, a Mississippi State University effort to impact land management.

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Technology changes how farmers work

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Social media is often thought of only as a way to keep up with friends and family, but electronic communication is an essential part of today's farming operations.

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MSU food scientists in first certification class

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Two Mississippi State University scientists have set the standard for the state’s future food scientists by completing an international certification program.

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Certification, pest help offered at May field day

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Both traditional and organic farmers can learn how to recognize and control pests, weeds and diseases during a May 17 field day.

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MSU study finds support for La. coastal restoration

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mississippi State University environmental economist Daniel Petrolia understands how important the disappearing wetlands are to commercial fisheries, storm surge protection and wildlife.

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Mississippi farmers invest in soybean education, research

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A recent Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board investment in the Edgar E. and Winifred B. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy will enhance soybean research, teaching and service at Mississippi State.

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Natural resource workshop explores outdoor businesses

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Farmers, landowners and resource managers will find the newest tools to establish and manage a natural resource enterprise at a one-day workshop in Yazoo County.

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MSU pushes RISER plan for efficient crop irrigation

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station scientists have a new program to help Delta producers irrigate row crops more efficiently and economically.

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Research results show impact of Extension, experiment stations

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Are the South’s extension service and experiment station systems still relevant, nearly a century after they were founded? Yes, says a new report released by an Ohio-based charitable trust.

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MSU forage research reveals native benefits

Monday, March 25, 2013

Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best.

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MSU celebrates Edam cheese's 75th anniversary

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Seventy-five years have passed since Mississippi State University began producing its distinctive Edam cheese.

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Produce growers to give input on new law

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mississippi's produce growers can evaluate and comment on the new food safety regulations being proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration during three upcoming workshops.

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Panola County cattle farm practices good conservation

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Panola County cattleman is using native grasses in a 200-acre intensive grazing operation that is both efficient and environmentally friendly.

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Producers give input on research, training

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Agricultural producers in the coastal region shared their needs and concerns during a Mississippi State University meeting Feb. 25.

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Producers express needs, ideas to MSU

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Producers and industry professionals from the central district gathered Feb. 26 to share needs and ideas with agents, specialists and researchers.

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Officials are ready when Africanized bees arrive

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Beekeepers and those who work with bees are taking steps to prepare for the arrival of Africanized honeybees in the state.

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Producers dictate MSU's priorities

Thursday, February 28, 2013

When agricultural producers speak, Mississippi State University listens.

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'Agriculture Idol' contest seeks future industry stars

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mississippi State University showcased top graduate students in a competition described by organizers as "American Idol for agriculture."

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Delta researcher earns agronomy career award

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A long-time researcher with Mississippi State University recently received recognition for outstanding career achievements by the Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy.

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MSU researchers receive ag awards

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Two Mississippi State University row crop researchers recently received recognition at a national conference.

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MSU establishes farm for students

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Some Mississippi State University students may be able to eat their own homework as they transform a hayfield into a student farm.

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Peanuts gain popularity as state ag commodity

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mississippi producers expect peanuts to remain a strong commodity in years to come with a steady global demand and new marketing opportunities.

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Regions Bank announces support for MSU division faculty awards

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Regions Bank announced Thursday [Feb. 7] a multi-year $50,000 contribution to support major faculty awards in Mississippi State's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

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MSU expert is named fellow in world society

Thursday, February 7, 2013

An aquaculture researcher at Mississippi State University has been named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society for his contributions to the advancement of global aquaculture.

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Commodity advisory meeting set for Feb. 25

Monday, February 4, 2013

Coastal area commodity producers are invited to meet with Mississippi State University experts during the fifth annual Commodity Advisory Council Feb. 25 at the Coastal Research and Extension Center.

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Commodity advisory meeting set for Feb. 26

Friday, February 1, 2013

Agricultural producers in central Mississippi are invited to evaluate and provide direction on educational programming and research provided by Mississippi State University.

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Tomato short course to be held March 5-6

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tomato growers from around the world will attend Mississippi State University’s 23rd annual national Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 5 and 6 at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Miss.

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Different perspectives result in new solutions

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today's agricultural careers are a long way from the chisels and plows our great-grandparents used, and much of that progress is thanks to people like agricultural engineer Filip To.

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Industry experts invited to meet MSU grad students

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mississippi State University graduate students studying applied row crop agriculture will present their research findings before industry representatives at a new contest.

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Grant funds biofuel joint research project

Friday, January 25, 2013

Part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant is funding research at Mississippi State University that will help develop a process to create a clean, renewable energy source.

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MSU producer advisory council to meet in Verona

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mississippi State University’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center will host its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 21 at the Magnolia Conference Center in Verona.

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MSU genetic scientist wins national award

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Mississippi State University genetic researcher recently won a national award for his collaboration with a team of scientists to map a cotton genome.

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Native grasses improving a Prentiss County farm

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ronnie Crawford’s 300-acre pasture and forage operation in Prentiss County is the kind of conservation success a Mississippi State University initiative is trying to encourage across the state.

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Green roof provides chance for research

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Horticulture scientists at Mississippi State University are studying and recording the effects of the coastal climate on rooftop gardens in Gulfport.

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MSU workshop teaches grapevine pruning tips

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Muscadine and grape growers can get hands-on experience at a vine pruning workshop Feb. 12.

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MSU researcher's cotton genome work published in Nature

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Mississippi State University researcher is part of an international team that has described the first "gold-standard" genome sequence for cotton.

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Private butterfly donation enhances MSU collection

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A gift of butterflies has expanded the collection at the Mississippi Entomological Museum, the result of a life passionately dedicated to collecting the beautiful and fragile specimens.

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MSU economists funded for biofuel policy study

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A team of Mississippi State University agricultural economists recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study policies impacting biofuel supply chains.

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MSU welcomes new poultry feed expert

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A new assistant professor at Mississippi State University understands the needs of the poultry industry as she works to create cost-effective, nutritionally sound, high quality feed formulations.

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Advances help farmers practice conservation

Thursday, December 6, 2012

No-till farming, strip-till farming, crop rotation and cover crops have grown in popularity as Mississippi farmers face the challenge of conserving nutrient-rich topsoil while improving their bottom lines.

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Fight resistant weeds with fall, spring attack

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Research is backing producers' intense efforts this fall to attack glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass using a variety of methods in attempts to limit the damage this troublesome weed can cause.

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MSU names leader for regional center

Thursday, November 29, 2012

An experienced administrator has been named the new head of Mississippi State University's North Mississippi Research and Extension Center.

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Street to lead MSU's Delta research center

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A veteran administrator will return to his roots as the interim leader of Mississippi State University's center in the Mississippi Delta.

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MSU center tests new rice varieties

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The rice breeding program at Mississippi State University’s 4,800-acre Delta Research and Extension Center is part of a regional program that tests the viability of experimental rice varieties.

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Workshops address bee colony health

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Experts from across the United States gathered recently to share their insights with Mississippi’s growing group of commercial and hobby beekeepers at a conference held at Mississippi State University.

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Troops enjoy MSU beef donated by Beef Council

Thursday, November 1, 2012

National Guard troops stationed in Afghanistan enjoyed a taste of home when the Mississippi Beef Council sent them a special care package.

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Rice irrigation method saves fuel, water, money

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ten years of research indicates that a water management strategy can save rice producers money on fuel and conserve water without hurting yields.

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MSU horse, beef cattle auction set for Nov. 15

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The highest bidders will take away top-quality horses and beef cattle from the Mississippi State University research herds after a public auction on Nov. 15.

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MSU names animal, dairy sciences head

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mississippi State University named John Blanton Jr., a researcher with 20 years of experience in animal and food science, head of the Department of Animal and Dairy Science.

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Fruit and vegetable growers to meet

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mississippi’s fruit and vegetable growers can learn from experts and experienced producers at the annual Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show in Jackson Nov. 28 and 29.

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Experts converge to discuss forage

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Forage experts from seven states will present current research and best management practices during a combined field day and conference Nov. 29 and 30.

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Field day to address beef cattle research

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Researchers at Mississippi State University’s White Sands Research Unit will showcase current beef cattle projects and offer hands-on demonstrations during a Nov. 13 field day.

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Peanut growers receive equipment donation

Monday, October 22, 2012

Just a few years ago, peanut production in Mississippi was mostly confined to home gardens, but this year growers planted an estimated 47,000 acres, placing the state No. 7 in the nation in peanut acreage.

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Grazing school held Nov. 9 in Meadville

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nov. 9 is back-to-school time for cattle and hay producers when Mississippi State University hosts a daylong event in Meadville on topics related to cattle grazing and hay production.

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MSU landscape wins top prize

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Mississippi State University experiment station recently won first place in a North American landscape design competition.

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MSU turns PHAUCET on for Delta soybeans

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mississippi State University scientists are evaluating a free software tool that can increase irrigation efficiency for the state's soybean producers.

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MSU plans Nov. 13 Delta Crop Summit

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mississippi State University will host row-crop producers for a conference dedicated to Mississippi Delta agriculture.

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Training helps reduce world hunger, poverty

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Barakat Mahmoud is one of many Mississippi State University scientists whose work improves the safety and security of the global food supply.

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Flower, garden fest focuses on health

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The largest home gardening event in the Southeast will focus on more than healthy plants during the festivities in Crystal Springs on Oct. 5 and 6.

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MSU hosts first peanut field day for North Miss.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

About 80 farmers gathered for two North Mississippi peanut field days in late summer to learn how to cash in on one of Mississippi’s increasingly popular crops.

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October events celebrate Mississippi landscapes

Monday, September 17, 2012

For more than 30 years, those interested in home horticulture have been found at two events in early October that showcase landscapes and gardens.

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Historical crop method enjoys modern revival

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Long before scientists created commercial fertilizers, farmers used cover crops to increase soil health and productivity and many of today’s producers are returning to those roots.

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Trial beach site aces Isaac's test

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Scientists at Mississippi State University have been working to find an inexpensive, attractive way to keep the sand on the 26 miles of manmade beach between Biloxi and Pass Christian, and Hurricane Isaac tested their experimental site.

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MSU names Delta building for former administrator

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mississippi State University recently named a building in honor of a retired agricultural researcher and administrator.

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Sustainable farming controls water flow

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Much of agriculture's success depends on effective water management, which must be done to keep both farmland and surrounding areas healthy.

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High-tech grower meets local demand

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Steve Hale is banking on today's young consumers embracing sustainable vegetable production for the good of the environment and their health.

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MSU borrowing U.S. grasshopper collection

Thursday, August 16, 2012

July brought 32,000 grasshoppers to Mississippi State University, but rather than being a plague of locusts, they are a research bonanza.

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MSU to hold peanut field day Aug. 29

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mississippi State University will hold the first North Mississippi Peanut Field Day on Aug. 29 in Coahoma County.

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Field day connects MSU with farmers, industry

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mississippi State University recently hosted the academic equivalent of a “baited field” for row-crop farmers, consultants, university researchers, Extension agents and industry representatives.

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Variety tests bring best plants to market

Thursday, August 9, 2012

When a new plant becomes an overnight sensation in gardening circles, plant lovers who wonder how a previously unknown variety can end up with star status can turn to a Mississippi State University professor for the answer.

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MSU researcher’s study leads to swamps, ‘gators’

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Mississippi State University biologist’s fascination with crocodiles has brought together researchers from the United States and Australia to study the genetic building blocks of a reptile order.

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MSU names building to honor former director

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mississippi State University will honor a 1950 graduate and longtime professor and administrator when a new building is dedicated at the Delta Research and Extension Center.

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MSU hosted crop field day on Starkville farm

Monday, July 23, 2012

Despite morning rains, about 150 people attended the Agronomic Crops Field Day at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center Thursday at Mississippi State University.

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Ants of summer cause problems

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mississippi has 187 known species of ants calling the state home, and while fire ants are the most feared, others can cause problems ranging from disruptive to serious.

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MSU, science teachers develop genomic lessons

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Two middle-school science teachers returned to college this summer for lessons in functional genomics and biology that did not exist their first time around, and they educated their professor at the same time.

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Researchers test disease resistance in soybeans

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mississippi State University scientists are trying to identify soybean varieties resistant to a disease that can reduce yields by more than 20 bushels per acre.

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Young athletes at risk with diet supplements

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mississippi State University professor Ron Williams and several colleagues across the United States recently analyzed information in the National Health Interview Survey.

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Delta rice researcher retires from MSU

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A long-time rice breeder is turning his rubber boots over to the next generation of researchers. Dwight Kanter, a research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, retired on July 1. Tim Walker assumed Kanter's duties.

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MSU energy crop gets attention from USDA

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Freedom giant miscanthus, developed by Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researcher Brian Baldwin and his colleagues, was selected as the crop of choice for one of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program projects.

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Boost pollinators with bee-friendly gardens

Thursday, June 7, 2012

They help cucumbers grow straight, increase fruit yields and make the colorful fields of flowers possible—they are pollinators, and a few simple plantings can make a home garden a haven for these important creatures.

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Discovery led to first MSU drug candidate

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Mississippi State University plant pathology researcher’s discovery of an agricultural phenomenon could lead to the development of a new antifungal drug.

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Portable equipment aids farmers’ forage decisions

Friday, June 1, 2012

Mississippi State University has the South’s first portable forage tester that can give hay and cattle producers immediate decision-making information and enable them to improve their profit margins.

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$25K grant continues cotton nematode work

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Mississippi State University researcher landed another grant to continue work begun in 2007 to support the state’s cotton industry.

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New leader named for MSU center in Verona

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A veteran administrator has been selected to head the operations of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Mississippi State University Extension Service in North Mississippi.

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Ag field day focuses on most-hated weed

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Farmers can learn more about controlling Palmer amaranth, universally hated and commonly known as pigweed, at an upcoming field day.

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MSU program seeks demonstration sites

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Some skeptics think agricultural production and natural resource conservation are incompatible, but a Mississippi State University scientist is committed to proving them wrong, one farm at a time.

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MSU announces new aquaculture leadership

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Two Mississippi State University scientists are taking on new leadership roles at the university’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

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Last acre of soil surveyed completes century-old task

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Technology may have changed in the 114 years since the national soil survey started, but the dedication of soil scientists engaged in the project has not wavered.

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MSU working to increase endangered toad numbers

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Plastic storage crates in a sunny lab at Mississippi State University are the new homes of 52 endangered Boreal toads, native to the Colorado Rockies.

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Poultry industry's strength is flexibility

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mississippi’s top agricultural commodity weathers economic storms by responding quickly to shifts in demand, and economists at Mississippi State University predict 2012 will be a year of recovery.

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Irrigation expert hired for MSU’s Delta site

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mississippi State University has hired a new irrigation specialist for its Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

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MSU researcher chosen for leadership program

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Mississippi State University researcher has been selected for a national leadership training program.

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Delta Station field day changed to help attendees

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mississippi State University is making several changes this year to the field day schedule in Stoneville to accommodate participants’ needs.

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MSU faculty and staff win departmental honors

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station recently honored several faculty and staff members for their research, publications and commitment to excellence.

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Corn researchers develop in-field aflatoxin approach

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Scientists at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center are researching new ways to reduce aflatoxin in infected corn.

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Plant collection blooms in researcher's garden

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Mississippi State University researcher’s lifelong fascination with plants inspired him to collect thousands of specimens from all over the globe.

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Ag exchange program helps African farmers

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mozambique’s farmers can now preserve and better market their mango harvest thanks to training provided by a Mississippi State University specialist.

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Unique plant hitched ride with travelers to Meridian

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian is not only the final resting place of the renowned Gypsy Queen, it is also the first site in North America where a particular type of sedge from Eurasia was found.

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MSU's giant miscanthus used to make gasoline

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cool Planet Biofuels recently announced it has used Freedom giant miscanthus to create gasoline, a breakthrough in the biofuels industry.

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Warm winter has bees buzzing early

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Warm weather in January and early February is causing honey bees to be active before they have enough food to eat, and the state’s beekeepers need to monitor colonies for starvation, a Mississippi State University expert said.

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Ag leaders meet to set research goals

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Advocates for agriculture met at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona on Feb. 16 to identify priorities for research and Extension Service education programs at Mississippi State University.

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MSU scientist receives rice research award

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Mississippi State University associate research professor was recently named the 2012 Rice Researcher of the Year.

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Stripe rust, late freeze threaten state's wheat

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wheat stripe rust was spotted in Mississippi and Arkansas in January, an unusual occurrence this early in the year made possible by the warm and wet winter.

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No-till farming opens hills to crop production

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Time, experience and research findings show no-till farming can boost production, prevent soil erosion and transform hayfields and pastures into viable cropland.

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MSU researchers given top weed science honors

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mississippi State University researchers and graduates received top awards this year from the Southern Weed Science Society.

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High-protein insect studied at MSU

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Imagine an insect that can eat nearly anything, control microbes, live off of water alone in the adult stage, and be a good source of protein for animal feed.

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MSU research finds home on North and South Farms

Thursday, January 19, 2012

MSU has more than 1,400 acres of crop and pasture land adjacent to the Starkville campus.

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MSU names Burger as new associate director

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Loren "Wes" Burger Jr. has been named associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University effective Dec. 15.

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MSU earns AQHA horse breeding honor

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mississippi State University was one of 26 horse breeders from across the United States and Canada recently honored by the American Quarter Horse Association for 50 years of breeding to produce the best quarter horse traits.

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MSU research benefits poinsettia producers

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Researchers at Mississippi State University have found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly strategy for fighting one of the most serious soil-borne diseases in poinsettia production.

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MSU food scientist helps African company succeed

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Mississippi State University food scientist shared his expertise to help improve products made by a small, community-based business in Southeastern Africa.

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Natural greenery adds fresh look to holiday décor

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Decorating for the holidays can provide an opportunity for Mississippians to get outdoors and be inspired by their own backyards.

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MAFES Sales Store offers a boneless ham

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Long known for its cheeses, Mississippi State University now has a fully cooked, boneless ham available in time to reduce cooking stress and adorn holiday tables.

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Routine pest checking found hairy crazy ants

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mind-boggling population numbers make the introduced hairy crazy ant a big, hairy problem in Mississippi.

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MSU's poultry science names Beck as new head

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mary Beck has been selected as the new head of the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University.

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MSU professor finds pandas may aid biofuel production

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Mississippi State University assistant professor is looking to "panda poop," or microbes in panda excrement that breakdown woody materials, as a possible means to biofuel production.

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MSU poultry scientist recognized for research

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Mississippi State University poultry sciences associate professor was recognized by the National Chicken Council for his research contributions.

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MSU workshop teaches how to garden with prairies

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Preserving Mississippi’s vanishing prairies through conservation, restoration and establishment of new prairie gardens will save unique plants and maintain native landscapes.

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MSU researches poultry health, growth

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mississippi State University researchers are investigating ways to improve the nutrition and growth of the state’s most profitable bird.

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MSU's Jersey herd holds national ranking

Thursday, August 11, 2011

When it comes to national rankings, Mississippi State University is near the top of the list for its prize-winning herd of Jersey cows.

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Hopper selected for expanded MSU ag and forestry leadership role

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The dean of Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center will take on an expanded leadership role.

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Cotton yields increase with new technology

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Researchers [in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station] at Mississippi State University have developed technology that uses reflected light to analyze the presence of certain nematodes in cotton fields so producers can increase profits.

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Three states join forces to support agriculture

Friday, July 8, 2011

Three mid-south universities met recently to develop a plan to combine resources to strengthen support for agricultural enterprises.

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MSU welcomes new department head

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

J. Mike Phillips has been selected as the new head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University.

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Pote named head of MSU department

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Jonathan Pote has been named head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University.

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New Plaques Mark MSU´s Historic Role

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Researchers and inventors often succeed with efforts others consider impossible, but one "crazy" idea in the 1930s and 1940s changed the face of agriculture and contributed to the formation of Mississippi's first Fortune 500 company.

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MSU units combine to improve services

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mississippi State University recently merged two units to further strengthen efficiency and research efforts.

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Newman named MSU Human Sciences director

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Mississippi State University professor with more than 20 years of experience is the new director of the school of human sciences.

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MSU faculty honored for research, contributions

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Three Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station faculty members were recently recognized for their significant contributions to their fields.

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Experts search for small, destructive beetle

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Federal and state government experts have teamed up with Mississippi State University to search for a small beetle that could mean big trouble for Mississippi.

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New research to aid state's soybean growers

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tiny soybean cyst nematodes cause big problems for soybean growers, but a Mississippi State University researcher is helping cut them down to size.

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MSU researcher finds new grasshopper species

Thursday, March 31, 2011

When JoVonn Hill stepped out of his vehicle in a cedar glade near Nashville, the first insect that crossed his path was a grasshopper never before identified.

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Producers' input helps guide MSU agricultural programs

Friday, February 25, 2011

Almost 300 producers of row crops, livestock and other agricultural products met at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona to discuss services they need from Mississippi State University.

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MSU department head receives top honor

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mississippi State University’s agricultural economics department head was recently honored for his significant contributions to his field.

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MSU licenses two kenaf patents to Texas company

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Two Mississippi State University patents on kenaf have been licensed to Texas-based Corn Board Manufacturing, Inc. for use in engineered pressed board.

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MSU scientist receives cotton physiology award

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Mississippi State University plant physiologist was honored for significantly contributing to the understanding of cotton physiology, growth and development.

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Research reveals value of selecting calm cattle

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Recent research has demonstrated the value of cattle with calm temperaments and the price producers pay for keeping wilder animals in their herds.

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MSU leads in insect rearing

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Most Mississippians spend their lives swatting mosquitoes, but each fall scientists from all over the world flock to Mississippi State University to learn to raise hardy mosquitoes, flies and other insects.

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