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Deer population poses problems for farmers

While hunters may see Mississippi's 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead.

Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi's deer population v...

10/4/2013

Late summer, early fall is time for bat exclusion

As summer ends and fall begins, homeowners who don't want host neighbors from the natural world should begin preparing their houses for cooler weather.

Most people think of certain insects and mice as the critters looking for a cozy spot to spend the winter. But as natural habitats decline, bats are also looking for suitable homes....

10/3/2013

Georgia-Pacific touts MSU as top provider of new hires

A world leader in paper and building products manufacturing is praising Mississippi State as a top producer of the company's new employees.

Georgia-Pacific recently recognized the university as its No. 1 generator of total new hires from institutions of higher learning offering forest products concentrations.

A 135-year-old l...

10/1/2013

Date set for landowner workshop in Belzoni

Landowners who want to branch out and earn extra income can attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop on Oct.16.

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 pr...

9/25/2013

Trees need site prep for replanting success

Landowners interested in maximizing the value of their investment need to plan for proper site preparation when replanting trees after harvesting timber.

John Kushla, a forestry specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, said this preparation involves manipulating t...

9/25/2013

Vilsack praises MSU's agricultural research contributions

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.

Vilsack spent a whirlwind afternoon with MSU researchers and students, learning about ongoing research and answering q...

9/25/2013

MSU website focuses on white-tailed deer

As hunters gear up for the Oct. 1 opening day of the state's white-tailed deer archery season, scientists at Mississippi State University are announcing a new tool to help manage Mississippi's most popular game animal.

MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently launched the MSU Deer Lab website,

9/24/2013

Mississippi legislators learn about wild hogs

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

Bruce Leopold, executive director of the Mississippi State University Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts, and other speakers offered that description of the nation's rapidly e...

9/13/2013

MSU's deer lab finds Midwest antlers largest

Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don't necessarily have bigger antlers.

The discovery, made by scientists in the university's Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than la...

9/3/2013

MSU ranks in the top 10 for ag sciences research

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.

The National Science Foundation's Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2011 ranked MSU ninth ...

8/30/2013

MSU and Regions Bank honor superior faculty

Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine recently honored five faculty members with the Regions Bank-DAFVM Superior Faculty Awards in a new program designed to highlight exemplary work in five key areas.

James Warnock, associate professor of biomedical engineering program in the College o...

8/16/2013

Date set for landowner workshop in Belzoni

Landowners who want to branch out and earn extra income can attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop Aug. 15.

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, managing wildlife such as ...

7/31/2013

Wild baby animals should be left alone

Every summer, nature enthusiasts come across baby animals they think are orphans, but most of the time, these young animals have not been abandoned.

Fawn births in Mississippi peak in July and August but many are born from May through October. Wild hogs can have one to three litters per year, depending on circumstances, so it is not un...

7/19/2013

MSU forestry professor named society fellow

A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently honored by the Society of American Foresters.

The professional forestry organization named Donald Grebner a fellow for his contributions to the society and the forestry profession.

Grebner is a professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. His...

7/11/2013

MSU appoints new forest resources associate dean

A veteran Mississippi State University faculty member is the new associate dean in the College of Forest Resources.

Ian Munn, a forest resource economist and professor, will lead the university's natural resources program. MSU is the only university in the state that offers a bachelor's degree in forestry and a bachelor's degree and wi...

7/8/2013

MSU doctoral graduate wins international award

A recent Mississippi State University doctoral graduate received a top award sponsored by the International Forest Products Society.

Qi Li accepted the Wood Award at the society's annual conference in Austin, Tex. for her research paper on the chemical composition of woody feedstock used in biofuel production.

Li's work at MS...

6/24/2013

MSU science program receives national award

A Mississippi State University program for elementary students has been recognized for teaching environmental and natural sciences.

The Youth Environmental Science program received the third place Gulf Guardian Award in the Environmental Justice and Cultural Diversity category. The Gulf of Mexico Program, a consortium sponsored by the ...

6/24/2013

Deer management classes offered at MSU, Biloxi

Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in late July and August to landowners, hunters, and professionals working with Mississippi's white-tailed deer populations.

Mississippi State University's Extension Service and the College of Forest Resources, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisher...

6/17/2013

Timber markets provide barometers for economy

Evidence of a healthy national economy may be found in the strength of the timber industry.

Forestry is a billion-dollar industry in Mississippi and the state's second-largest agricultural commodity. A depressed national economy in recent years had negative impacts on housing construction and furniture manufacturing, which hurt the for...

5/24/2013

Belzoni farm uses REACH methods

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.

Robbie Kroger, an assistant professor of aquatic sciences in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, leads the...

5/23/2013

MSU instructor promotes environmental stewardship

When kids react to the natural world, Leslie Burger wants them to say "Oh, wow!" instead of "Oh, gross!"

"I want people to understand what is happening around them and to appreciate it," said Burger, an Extension instructor at Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. "When t...

5/8/2013

Four conservation camps offer summer experiences

Mississippi State University is offering four different conservation camps in June and July for young people interested in science, outdoors and the environment.

The camps are offered through MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture in the College of Forest Resources and the Extension Service.

The Conservation ...

5/2/2013

Forestry professor writes new textbook

Mississippi State University professor Donald Grebner is the lead author on a new forestry and natural resources textbook.

Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources provides a general overview of the forestry and natural resources profession, as well as the history of forestry, landowner objectives, forest disturbances, ecosystem ...

4/22/2013

Natural resource workshop explores outdoor businesses

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.

The May 2 event will begin at 8 a.m. at Field Quest Farms in Benton. The morning presentations include revenue potential, liability and legal concerns, and marketing an outdoo...

4/16/2013

Gov. Bryant visits MSU, outlines vision for manufacturing

Education and workforce development are the keys to growing furniture-manufacturing jobs in Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant told a Mississippi State audience Wednesday [March 27].

The state chief executive was featured speaker for the university’s third annual Manufacturing Summit. More than 100 national and state furniture and man...

3/28/2013

MSU waterfowl program receives national award

Mississippi State University’s waterfowl and wetlands science program was recently honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a program of the service’s Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, gave the Blue-winged Teal Award to MSU’s program because of its significant c...

3/28/2013

Landowners add value with nature activities

Mississippi State University's Natural Resources Enterprise Program can help the state's landowners diversify their income by capitalizing on the popularity of wildlife watching and nature photography.

"Mississippi landowners with scenic views, butterfly gardens, wildlife viewing areas, or important or rare bird species can market...

3/26/2013

MSU forage research reveals native benefits

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

Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mi...

3/25/2013

Wildfire prevention highlighted in March

The arrival of spring means outdoor chores are at the top of the to-do list for homeowners. But outdoor burning, coupled with the season's weather conditions, raises the risk of wildfire for Mississippians.

Don Bales, senior Extension associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU Forest and Wildlife Rese...

3/25/2013

Governor to speak at MSU Manufacturing Summit

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant will offer the keynote address at the third annual Mississippi State University Manufacturing Summit.

On Wednesday [March 27] at the Franklin Furniture Center, Bryant will explain his vision for state manufacturing and furniture industries, which employ 12 percent of Mississippi's non-farm workforce.

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3/21/2013

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