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Major gift establishes wetland education theater at MSU

A major bequest from a West Point native and longtime conservationist will establish a demonstration wetland, outdoor classroom, and associated upland prairie in the heart of Mississippi State’s Starkville campus.

"The bequest from Carsie Clark Young Sr. provides resources for developing a site expected to become one of the ...

11/19/2010

Franklin Institute offers manufacturing workshop

A Nov. 16 workshop will teach manufacturers how to serve their customers better.

Mississippi State University’s Value Stream Mapping workshop is a one-day course that will teach manufacturers how to make their work flow more efficiently and eliminate unnecessary steps by mapping their work processes.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m...

11/4/2010

Christmas tree crop shapes up to be good

With less than a month to go, Mississippi’s Christmas tree growers are counting down the days to what may shape up as a great year.

The trees mature enough for sale have good color and have filled out nicely, despite periods of dry weather statewide and too much rain in some areas of the state. Most species of Christmas trees gr...

10/29/2010

Youth quail hunt offers education, fun

Young hunters will learn about quail hunting and conservation at an upcoming daylong event in Lowndes County.

Quail Forever is organizing the Nov. 13 event with help from the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Applications for the limited openings are due by N...

10/26/2010

Hunting and fishing boost economy, improves habitat

Darren Miller was 13 when he experienced the heart-thumping, adrenaline-flowing excitement of his first squirrel hunt.

"For me, hunting provides a natural connection to the outdoors that is often lost in our everyday lives," Miller said. "I get great personal satisfaction from every aspect of the hunt—preparing for...

10/21/2010

MSU student forestry group maintains high ranking

Mississippi State’s student chapter of the Society of American Foresters continues among the top organizations of its kind in the nation.

The 28-member university organization recently placed first in the 2009-10 SAF Student Chapter web site competition and placed third overall as the outstanding student chapter, competing among ...

10/20/2010

Avoid outdoor fires in drought conditions

The summer’s drought has made lawns, woods and grassy areas into fire starters, creating ideal conditions for wildfires across Mississippi.

On Oct. 6, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour issued a statewide ban on all outdoor burning in response to "extremely dry conditions and fire danger." The ban will remain until the cond...

10/14/2010

‘Magic’' will attract thousands of fourth-graders to MSU

Weighty woods, trained termites and oak bubbling bazookas will be among the many highlights at Mississippi State University’s Wood Magic Science Fair.

The Oct. 18-22 event will introduce students to the benefits of forestry, forest products and wildlife. The Wood Magic Science Fair is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Forest...

10/14/2010

Conservation benefits farmers and wildlife

A U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation practice designed to increase the population of northern bobwhite and other grassland birds appears to be working in Mississippi and elsewhere.

CP33 Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds are native grass buffers along row crop field margins that provide food and shelter for birds. Agricultural p...

10/7/2010

MSU student group honored for service

Mississippi State University’s student chapter of the Forest Products Society was recognized by the international organization as one of the top three groups in the nation.

The Forest Products Society is an international non-profit educational association founded to provide a common forum for all segments of the industry.

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9/24/2010

MSU research leads to antler scoring software

A Mississippi State University research project to convert trail camera photographs into management tools has led to new software that could improve the deer population "picture."

Wildlife biologists take age and antler measurements from harvested deer because the physical collection of data is relatively easy. Until recently...

9/9/2010

Nation’s oldest logging show set for Sept. 17-18

The Sept. 17-18 Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show will showcase the newest technology and machinery being used to advance the South’s timber industry.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days on the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s...

9/2/2010

Wood properties workshop to provide training to industry

A one-day workshop offered by Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute will provide training on the properties of wood.

The Wood Properties and Frame Design workshop will take place from from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. September 14 in the university’s Franklin Furniture Center

The workshop cos...

8/26/2010

MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute helps local companies

Two Mississippi furniture manufacturers may have cheaper electrical bills with the help of Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute.

Debbie Miller, institute export coordinator and assistant, has worked with Tupelo’s Lane Furniture Company and Ecru’s American Furniture Company in obtaining grant fun...

8/23/2010

Wildlife festival to offer educational family fun

Families are invited to take a walk on the ‘wild side’ at the Second Annual Wildlife Festival at Mississippi State University’s Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station in Newton on Sept. 18.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will include falconry demonstrations by David Hall of the Wildlife Outrea...

8/19/2010

Coast fishing, crabbing often more than recreation

Chicken and nets may not seem high tech, but a Mississippi State University student finds them necessary tools for researching an important Gulf Coast resource.

MSU College of Forest Resources’ doctoral student Sarah Harrison is collecting data on the blue crab populations in the Pascagoula Estuary. She uses crab nets baited wi...

8/12/2010

New technique protects downstream waters

A Mississippi State University study has confirmed the success of a new technique to reduce nutrients in runoff water and protect downstream waters, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Weirs, also known as check dams, are small dams used to collect water runoff from agricultural fields. Weirs are often the size of a drainage ditch, with a 2-...

7/29/2010

Research extends life of railroad crossties

In 1985, a young and energetic Mississippi State University forest products professor began testing a new treatment on railroad crossties. At the time, Terry Amburgey had little notion that his experiment would change railroad infrastructure almost 25 years later.

Amburgey, along with U.S. Forest Service colleague Lonnie Williams, tho...

7/22/2010

Rice field survey set for waterfowl food

A team of researchers soon will be surveying south Louisiana and Texas rice fields to determine how much food is available from farming and natural plants for migrating waterfowl along the coastal prairie.

The project is being done for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan - Gulf Coast Joint Venture. Partners in the project incl...

7/19/2010

Mississippi tree farmer benefits from Forestry Extension

When Julian Watson decided to turn his erodible farmland into a tree farm, he had no idea that 24 years later he would be so widely recognized for his efforts.

Watson’s grandparents purchased the land in 1872. When Watson inherited it, he focused on trying to prevent erosion. The 1,100-acre parcel was washing away at a rate of 3...

7/15/2010

MSU forestry professor, administrator receives high honor

The head of Mississippi State’s forestry department is a new Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

Andrew W. Ezell is being honored by the organization for contributions to the professional organization and the nation’s forest industry.

An expert in hardwood management and growth, Ezell has served the land-...

6/28/2010

Several administrative changes announced at Mississippi State

Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum announced Friday [June 18] plans to combine administrative functions of two research units and the colleges of Forest Resources and Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Consolidation of administrative units for two colleges will provide significant savings for the university while maintaining the se...

6/18/2010

Leaf collecting raises bug campers’ interest

Participants at Mississippi State University’s Intergenerational Summer Camp on insect and plant ecology may attend because of the bugs, but they soon discover that looking for plants is equally interesting.

Among the camp’s goals are the exploration of the interactions between plants and insects. These relationships, wheth...

6/17/2010

Forensic entomology sheds light on investigation methods

Equipped with latex gloves and masks, participants at Mississippi State University’s Intergenerational Summer Camp for basic entomology and plant ecology became forensic scientists for an hour.

The campers had the option of participating in a field demonstration to retrieve beetle and maggot specimens on deer carcasses placed in ...

6/17/2010

Management workshop covers white-tailed deer

Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in late July and August to hunters, land managers and foresters working with white-tailed deer populations.

Register by July 9 for the first course, offered July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Forrest County Extension Office in Hattiesburg. Register by Aug. 13 for...

6/10/2010

Demand, supplies help drive timber prices up

After three years of depressed timber markets, prices are increasing because of strong demand for forest products and low inventories of logs following the year’s wettest months.

David Jones, assistant forest products professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the first half of 2010 showed a marked in...

6/4/2010

Forest Landowners award MSU Extension professor

A forest management specialist at Mississippi State University has been named Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association.

Stephen Dicke, Extension professor in MSU’s College of Forest Resources, will receive the honor at the organization’s annual meeting in Stevenson, Wash.

A certified arbor...

5/27/2010

MSU studies needs of giant alligator gar

A fish longer than 7 feet, heavier than 200 pounds and able to survive outside the water for up to two hours sounds like a fictional animal. This fish is the alligator gar, however, and researchers at Mississippi State University are working to protect it.

The population of the alligator gar is in decline, primarily due to loss of spawni...

5/27/2010

Controlled fire is good for wildlife, forestry

Natural and manmade fires are important forest management tools, and problems can develop when fire is eliminated.

"Native Americans used fire as a natural and essential process to burn underbrush and promote growth of understory vegetation in timberlands," said Wes Burger, a professor in Mississippi State University’s ...

5/20/2010

Workshop teaches new uses for catfish ponds

Owners of retired catfish ponds and current catfish pond owners looking to reduce their pond acreage can benefit from a June 16 workshop that explores ways to develop former aquaculture ponds into natural resource enterprises.

Developing Catfish Ponds into Natural Resource Enterprises is being offered in Stoneville through the Mississi...

5/20/2010

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