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MSU offers four deer management workshops

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering white-tailed deer management workshops to give landowners and managers hands-on education on improving deer herds and hunting opportunities.

The workshops will be offered June 13-14 in Southaven at Heartland Church and July 18-19 at the MSU Central Research and Extension Ce...

4/17/2014

Reeves to address 2014 manufacturing summit at MSU

Furniture-industry experts, as well as government officials, will examine "The Road Ahead" at Mississippi State University's 2014 Manufacturing Summit.

The fourth annual summit, to be held Wednesday [April 23], will feature Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the 11:15 a.m. keynote address. All activities will be held at MSU's Hassell H. Franklin...

4/15/2014

April is ideal for planting dove plots

September and the opening of dove season are several months away, but planting food plots in spring allows plants to reach maturity before the dove hunting season begins.

Whether you're planting dove plots for personal or business use, they need proper preparation.

"Doves really depend on a lot of foods that are in agric...

4/11/2014

2014 outlook is mixed for timber industry

Markets for Mississippi's sawtimber and pulpwood are bouncing back from the economic recession, but the industry is not improving across the board.

"Slowly but surely, markets for sawtimber are beginning to grow again after the sharp declines seen after the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the ensuing recession," said ...

4/11/2014

MSU scientists develop forestry software program

Mississippi State University scientists have created a new software program to help foresters and landowners manage hardwood timber.

Emily Schultz and Tom Matney, forestry professors in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the software and user's guide based on 33 years of research.

The free software provide...

4/8/2014

Miss. Forestry Foundation funds scholarships at MSU

The Mississippi Forestry Foundation is investing in the lives of students at Mississippi State University.

The foundation, a nonprofit division of the Mississippi Forestry Association, created two endowed scholarships in the College of Forest Resources through the "Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign."

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4/4/2014

Great wildlife food plots start with the soil

In the South, springtime means turkey hunting, bass fishing and preparing wildlife food plots.

Food plots are the most affordable way for hunters to provide high-quality forages for the deer, turkey and other wildlife on the property.

A productive, warm-season food plot can generate up to 4,000 pounds of high-quality forage p...

4/4/2014

MSU earns national stewardship recognition

Mississippi State University and its leaders earned national recognition recently for promoting and maintaining healthy trees and inspiring faculty, staff, students and community members to conserve.

The Arbor Day Foundation named the university a Tree Campus USA. The program honors campuses that implement proper urban forestry managem...

3/21/2014

Hinds County will host Master Naturalist classes

Twenty-five people interested in environmental science and natural history can take eight weeks of classes as part of the process of becoming Master Naturalists.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is partnering with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science to offer the training. Classes will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each ...

3/19/2014

Fuel up: It's time for the spring migration

The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are warming up. Spring is almost here, and soon the birds will arrive.

More than 200 bird species migrate northward every spring from their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. and Central and South America.

Here in Mississippi, we are fortunate to be located on the Mississi...

3/14/2014

Manufacturing event scheduled for April 23

Industry leaders will gather at Mississippi State University on April 23 to discuss existing and potential issues related to manufacturing and how to capitalize on the state's current momentum.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Manufacturing Summit: The Road Ahead. The event will be held at the Franklin Furni...

3/12/2014

Winter is the best time to trap wild hogs

Wild hogs continue to be a plague throughout Mississippi, occupying about half of the state's land area.

A farmer recently said, "I wish I had a deer problem." His statement summed up the hog problem very well. There's no doubt that deer can cause a lot of damage to certain crops, but that damage is minor compared to the dest...

3/7/2014

Fishing Ponds: To fertilize or not to fertilize?

A fertilization program can greatly increase fish production in fishing ponds.

Adding nutrients stimulates the growth of the microscopic plants, or algae, that feed the small animals that feed the fish. Fertilization can increase fish production by three to four times, resulting in more fish, bigger fish or both in properly managed pon...

2/26/2014

MSU offers three summer camps focused on nature

Registration is open for three summer camps for young people interested in wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreation.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture are hosting two residential camps and one day camp.

Conservation Camp: Natural Resourc...

2/18/2014

Woodland certification offered to landowners

Mississippi farmers and landowners have three opportunities to learn the costs and benefits of implementing sustainable woodland management practices during a Lunch and Learn program available through the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

Steps Toward Woodland Certification is a Mississippi State University Extension Serv...

2/13/2014

MSU event offers outdoor career options for girls

Young women interested in careers based on their love of the outdoors, wildlife and science can learn about job options from mentors and professionals at an upcoming event.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is sponsoring Conservation Careers Discovery Days April 4-5. High school girls in ninth-twelfth grades can enjoy ...

2/13/2014

Retired MSU professor donates forestry papers

A retired Mississippi State University professor recently donated his professional archives to the Forest History Society Library in Durham, N.C.

Forest products professor emeritus Terry Sellers Jr. was invited to donate his collection of research, publications, patents and speeches to the nonprofit educational institution associated w...

2/10/2014

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting

Arbor Day, celebrated for more than 135 years as a special time set aside for tree planting, will be observed Feb. 14 at Mississippi State.

Nationally, the air quality-enhancement celebration takes place on the last Friday in April. Southern states observe Arbor Day, however, in January and February when tree planting in the region is ...

2/6/2014

Natural resources seminar to be held in Jackson Feb. 25

Landowners who want to earn extra income are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises business workshop on Feb. 25 in Jackson.

"The workshop is designed to help landowners and farmers find new and innovative ways to earn extra income," said Daryl Jones, MSU associate Extension professor and Natural Resource Enterprise...

2/5/2014

MSU offers game bird, prescribed burn seminars

Mississippi State University is offering land management workshops about game birds and prescribed burning in Panola and Pike counties.

The workshops are designed for landowners, foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists.

The MSU Extension Service, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and the Mississippi Department of Wildli...

1/30/2014

Forestry journal features Extension Service series

The cover of the most recent issue of the Journal of Forestry highlights a Mississippi State University Extension Service publication series available to anyone interested in the forestry industry.

The national journal is published bimonthly by the Society of American Foresters. Published since 1902, it is the most widely circulated sc...

1/23/2014

Learn how to manage a natural resource business

Landowners who want to earn extra income are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises workshop on Feb. 4 in Rolling Fork.

Hosted by Mississippi State University, the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn different ways to make more money from their land. Topics include recreational businesses, marketing, cost-share...

1/21/2014

Coastal agritourism seminar set for coast

Alligator trapping, birding ventures and Louisiana's laws are just a few of the topics to be addressed at the Coastal Eco/Agritourism Workshop in Lake Charles on February 11.

Coastal residents interested in earning income from nature-based tourism are invited to attend the one-day workshop at the Louisiana State University AgCenter's L...

1/14/2014

Students invited to hone job skills, meet others

Graduate students across the Southeast studying natural resources sciences can share research and meet potential employers at an upcoming workshop.

The fourth annual Southeastern Natural Resources Graduate Student Symposium is set for March 5-7 at the Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources.

"We believe ...

1/13/2014

MSU forest resources professorships awarded

Three Mississippi State University faculty in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center were named distinguished professors for exceptional teaching, service and research accomplishments.

Forestry Extension professor Stephen Dicke was named the George L. Switzer Extension Professor of Forestry. Dicke, ...

12/20/2013

MSU forest resources honors top faculty

Mississippi State University faculty in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center were recently recognized for exceptional teaching, service and research accomplishments.

The following were honored during a ceremony at the college's annual advisory banquet.

Extension/Outreach—James Hend...

12/18/2013

MSU unit changes name, emphasizes sustainability

A Mississippi State University department has been renamed to reflect the renewable, natural and sustainable resources used in the industry.

The MSU Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.

Department head Rubin Shmulsky said that over the last few decades, the profession has grown and...

12/16/2013

Deer hunters need wild hog awareness

Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared.

At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ...

12/12/2013

Land management for trophy bucks takes years

Mississippi is one of the best places in the country for deer hunting because of excellent natural habitat and good management by landowners and hunters.

Bronson Strickland, wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said bagging a trophy buck is the successful result of time and careful implementation...

12/12/2013

MSU forest serves as a research and teaching site

Scientists at Mississippi State University are transforming a piece of property in Oktibbeha County into a unique habitat for conducting research and teaching best land management practices.

In this forest, wildlife habitat and timber production are intertwined. Deer, turkey, quail and an array of grassland songbirds fill the land whil...

11/18/2013

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