From Issue  Fall 2015

A Conversation About Research and Extension

MSU research and extension faculty discuss how dual appointments inform their roles

By: Vanessa Beeson

A <span>Conversation</span> About Research and Extension

The strategic plan of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on research, teaching, and service. Much of the service side of that mission is fulfilled through collaboration with the MSU Extension Service. Oftentimes, the intersection between research and extension begins with a conversation among stakeholders invested in improving profitability and environmental stewardship.

Scientists take the ideas born out of conversations and develop them into research that informs and improves the way we conduct business at the field level. Many scientists have dual appointments in research and extension. There are 30 such scientists serving in this dual capacity at Mississippi State University across 16 branch stations and the Starkville campus. MAFES Discovers sat down with some of these scientists to have a conversation about how research informs extension and vice versa. Here is what they had to say: