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Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

A much-honored Mississippi State faculty member is receiving yet another recognition for significant contributions to quail science.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger is among three selections for a 2017 National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence, a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Technical Committee.

Associate director of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Cent...


MSU's reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, contribute research and drive innovation

MSU's reorganized Franklin Furniture Institute continues to support industry, contribute research and drive innovation

Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is reaffirming its strong commitment to the state's furniture manufacturing industry by continuing to provide testing and research while broadening its focus to enhance innovation and technology.

MSU vice president for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine Gregory A. Bohach said "The university and MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute remain dedicated to t...

7/14/2017

Governor touts importance of state's forest products

Governor touts importance of state's forest products

Forest products are part of the DNA of Mississippi.

That is how Gov. Phil Bryant welcomed participants Monday [June 26] to the 71st International Convention of the Forest Products Society, hosted by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center.

Bryant, whose grandfather once harvested timber by mule in south Mississippi, made the connection that all Mississippians have been ...

6/26/2017

MSU to train furniture industry supervisors through grant

MSU to train furniture industry supervisors through grant

A new $44,900 grant from the Furniture Foundation will facilitate training of front-line furniture supervisors by Mississippi State University personnel.

Four supervisory management training programs will be offered by the university's Franklin Furniture Institute at manufacturing locations throughout the state between August and July 2018. The Furniture Foundation, a research and education fund administered by the American Home Furn...

5/4/2017

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Mississippi State University alumni Drew and Kathy St. John of Madison are contributing two new gifts to their alma mater, creating an endowed professorship in the College of Forest Resources and furthering support for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Landscape Architecture.

The St. John Family Endowed Professorship in Wildlife Management will provide support for a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fishe...


Conservation camps offer educational fun

Conservation camps offer educational fun

The conclusion of the school year does not mean learning must end, too.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources are offering three summer youth camps in June. These Conservation Camps are designed to engage and excite young people in natural science and nature-based outdoor recreation. Hands-on learning, outdoor activity, and new friends and experiences are central to all three camps...


MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

MSU summit looks to the future of manufacturing

Mississippi State University's 7th Annual Manufacturing Summit showcased ways teamwork can help keep Mississippi and the U.S. competitive in the manufacturing industry in the 21st century.

The event was hosted by MSU's Frankl...

3/22/2017

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

Mississippi State served as the 2017 host recently for the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, which annually provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation.

Activities included a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities for professional development.

Pictured, MSU senior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major...


MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with annual Arbor Day tree planting

MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with annual Arbor Day tree planting

Mississippi State faculty, students, staff and local community members observed MSU's annual Arbor Day Celebration Friday [Feb. 10] with a program and tree-planting ceremony.

George Hopper, dean of the College of Forest Resources, said the event symbolized the university's commitment to serve as an environmental steward.

"Mississippi forests cover nearly 20 million acres. Trees improve the quality of life for our citizens a...

2/10/2017

MSU names new head for coastal center

MSU names new head for coastal center

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

When Henderson assumes his new role on Feb. 1, he will oversee the daily operations of the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in the southeastern region.

"Dr. James Henderson will be an asset to the southeast region," said Gary Jackson, director of the MSU Extension ...

1/27/2017

MSU, partners announce Furniture Academy

MSU, partners announce Furniture Academy

Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum (standing) discusses the university's role in the Furniture Academy during a press conference in Tupelo Thursday morning [Jan. 12].

The new manufacturing skills certification program is a partnership between MSU's Franklin Furniture Institute, Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, the Community Development Foundation, Three Rivers Planning and Development Distr...

1/12/2017

Hal Schramm of MSU named American Fisheries Society Fellow

Hal Schramm of MSU named American Fisheries Society Fellow

A U.S. Geological Survey fisheries research biologist who also teaches at Mississippi State is receiving a major international recognition.

Hal Schramm recently was designated a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society in tribute to his four decades of service. Specifically, he was cited for excellence in leadership, research, mentoring, resource management and public outreach.

In addition to leading USGS's Mississippi Coop...


MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

Hunters throughout Mississippi hope to find a big buck this Saturday [Nov. 19], the start of deer season. It is well understood by hunters and biologists alike that deer vary in body and antler size across the state. Larger deer are thought to be the descendants of the Northern deer that were released in the state during restoration efforts in the 1900s.

Mississippi State University scientists are using genetics to determine the true...


MSU forestry student group again places first nationally

MSU forestry student group again places first nationally

Student members of the Society of American Foresters at Mississippi State again are tops among their U.S. peers.

As in 2011, the university SAF chapter has been awarded first-place honors.

Also, the 30-plus member group is included for the 18th consecutive year among the top three of nearly 40 student chapters located from Virginia to California and Maine to Arizona.

The first-place honor is based on accomplishmen...

11/14/2016

White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

A renowned white-tailed deer biologist is this year's guest for Mississippi State' 2016 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

David G. Hewitt, the Stuart M. Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research at Texas A&M University, will lead the Monday [Nov.14] program. Open to all, his presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of Thompson Hall.

Designated in 1974 by the Mississippi Legislature as one of the state's off...


National training academy to be housed at MSU

National training academy to be housed at MSU

A new partnership between Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's APHIS Wildlife Services program has made the university home to a national training academy.

On Friday [Aug. 26], MSU President Mark E. Keenum and USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Deputy Administrator William H. Clay signed a "Resolution for Collaboration" to create a national training academy housed at Mississippi State. APHIS &ndas...


Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set for Aug. 26-27

Longest-running, live, in-wood equipment show set for Aug. 26-27

The newest technology and machinery used to advance the South's timber industry will be demonstrated August 26-27 at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Held at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off Highway 25 south of Starkville, the show is sponsored by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc., the...

8/5/2016

Natural resources workshop set for Sept. 29 in Jackson

Natural resources workshop set for Sept. 29 in Jackson

Landowners and hunting clubs eager to earn extra income while improving land management for wildlife are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop.

The Sept. 29 event will take place at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation in Jackson, located at 6311 Ridgewood Road.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra income," said Daryl Jones, program director and professor of w...


Mossy Oak Scholarship drives success through passion

Mossy Oak Scholarship drives success through passion

In 1986, just three years after graduating from the Mississippi State University College of Business, Toxey Haas returned to his home in West Point and founded Haas Outdoors Inc., parent company of Mossy Oak brands. Utilizing his education to fuel his passion for the outdoors, Haas revolutionized the modern hunting industry. Today, Haas is helping more students pursue their ambitions through a newly endowed scholarship in the MSU College of Fo...

7/27/2016

MSU summit shows businesses how to 'Make it in America'

MSU summit shows businesses how to 'Make it in America'

A Mississippi State University reshoring summit Aug. 11 aims to help businesses profitably bring manufacturing jobs back home to the U.S.

The Make it in America Summit takes place at the university's Franklin Furniture Institute, located on campus at the intersection of Blackjack Road and Locksley Way.

The program is designed for manufacturers and their supply chains, economic developers and relevant university employees an...

7/26/2016

Prehistoric fish discovered in the depths of Bluff Lake

Prehistoric fish discovered in the depths of Bluff Lake

Alligators aren't the only prehistoric creatures lurking in the depths of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge's waterways.

Mississippi State researchers recently recorded unexpectedly high numbers of paddlefish near the refuge's spillway—a shocking discovery given the size of the waterway and what is currently known about paddlefish biology.

Paddlefish are a large fish whose lineage dates back to the ...


Housing starts lift sawtimber prices

Housing starts lift sawtimber prices

An increase in housing starts in 2015 strengthened Mississippi's timber industry, and stronger demand for sawtimber products used in construction are helping give the industry a boost this year.

James Henderson, an associate professor of forestry with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said timber ended the year with a total estimated harvest value of almost $1.67 billion.

"The markets for sawtimber have sh...

7/5/2016

MSU forestry professor honored for 'love of learning'

MSU forestry professor honored for 'love of learning'

The nation's oldest and most selective honor society is recognizing a 21-year Mississippi State faculty veteran for dedication to the education profession and the society.

Stephen C. Grado is among 80 selected this year for Phi Kappa Phi's Love of Learning award. A $500 check accompanied the tribute.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, PKP currently has more than 300 university and college chapters throughout North ...

6/15/2016

MSU researchers study Russian wildfires, impact on climate change

MSU researchers study Russian wildfires, impact on climate change

The forests of Siberia may be half a world away, but carbon released by wildfires raging there have the potential to alter Earth's atmosphere and lead to additional global climate change.

Exactly how much carbon is being released is the focus of a National Science Foundation-funded investigation by Mississippi State University assistant forestry professor Heather Alexander and graduate student Homero Pena. They are part of a scientif...

6/8/2016

MSU spearheads effort to protect local watershed

MSU spearheads effort to protect local watershed

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.

MSU's Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute (MWRRI), Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and Extension Service are spearhea...

5/17/2016

Deer antlers may hold health secrets

Deer antlers may hold health secrets

Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these "sheds" may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.

To learn more about these lucky finds, many people bring shed antlers to the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, which specializes in deer biology and antler formation.

Steve Demarais, a wildlife biologist in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Res...


March highlights forest fire prevention efforts

March highlights forest fire prevention efforts

Many people are conditioned to think that any fire in the forest is a bad thing, but controlled burns prevent wildfires from being a problem in the woods.

Humans are the primary cause of forest fires in Mississippi. In 2015, there were about 1,800 wildfires in the state; lightning caused only eight of them. These fires affected an average area of 13 acres, for a total of about 23,000 acres burned. February and March face the highest ...

3/28/2016

Wildlife event will include Wood Magic

Wildlife event will include Wood Magic

South Mississippi students will learn details about daily wood use when they visit the Mississippi State University Wood Magic Science Fair on March 31.

MSU Wood Magic will be an attraction at the Crosby Arboretumís Wildlife Day, a one-day event that draws 200 to 300 participants annually.

Students from kindergarten to the eighth grade will learn all about the significance of wood in their lives. Teachers will receive resou...

3/24/2016

MSU Bass Fishing Club ranked No. 1 in Cabela's School of the Year race

MSU Bass Fishing Club ranked No. 1 in Cabela's School of the Year race

Mississippi State's Bass Fishing Club currently is ranked No. 1 nationally in the race for Cabela's School of the Year title.

Under the leadership of president Jeff Roman Clayton IV, a junior forestry/wildlife management major from Theodore, Alabama, the team has a commanding 20-point lead in The Association of Collegiate Anglers-sponsored competition. It is followed by teams from the University of Alabama and Bethel University.

...

3/22/2016

MDA head touts Mississippi as economic leader

MDA head touts Mississippi as economic leader

Mississippi is winning.

That's how Glenn McCullough, executive director for the Mississippi Development Authority, characterized the state's recent economic development strides in a keynote address for the sixth annual Manufacturing Summit, which Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute hosted Wednesday [March 16].

Touting Mississippi's top 10 national ranking in manufacturing, specifically its footprint ...

3/16/2016

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