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Natural resources workshop set for June 4 in Greenville

Natural resources workshop set for June 4 in Greenville

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 on June 4 in Greenville.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra money," said Daryl Jones, director of the Natural Resource Enterprises program at Mississippi State University. "These workshops are designed for landowners interested i...

MSU evaluates migratory bird habitat initiative

MSU evaluates migratory bird habitat initiative

Preliminary results of a Mississippi State University wildlife study show that a federal program to protect birds after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has had widespread ecological, environmental, and economic benefits in the Southeast.

Researchers in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center released a study evaluating the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative, or MBHI. The program was created by the United States Department of Agr...

Weyerhaeuser VP to give 2015 Carlton N. Owen lecture

Weyerhaeuser VP to give 2015 Carlton N. Owen lecture

The senior vice president of wood products at Weyerhaeuser Company is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2015 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Adrian M. Blocker will lead the Tuesday [April 21] public program. His presentation begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of the university's Thompson Hall.

Blocker joined Weyerhaeuser in 2013 as vice president of the lumber division. Prior to his employment for the Fortu...


MSU College of Forest Resources receives conservation award

MSU College of Forest Resources receives conservation award

The College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University has been designated the 2014 Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation. The award was sponsored by Chevron.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum was on hand to accept the award at the 55th Mississippi Conservation Achievement Awards Luncheon hosted by the MWF on April 15 at the Hilton in Jackson.

"We are very proud that the College of Forest Re...


MSU forestry work shows the value of good seedlings

MSU forestry work shows the value of good seedlings

A forest geneticist at Mississippi State University is encouraging landowners to invest in better seedlings, and he's giving them free trees so they can see for themselves that the results are worth the much higher initial cost.

Randy Rousseau, an MSU Extension and research professor in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, developed the Land Owner Tree Improvement Cooperative, which he now administers. In 2014, he provided informatio...


Gov. Bryant keynotes MSU manufacturing summit

Gov. Bryant keynotes MSU manufacturing summit

When Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at Mississippi State University's 2015 Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday [March 18], he emphasized the Magnolia State is fostering a positive environment for manufacturers.

"We are competing with the fastest growing states in manufacturing," Bryant said. "We already have almost 40,000 working in the manufacturing industry, but what if we had 80,000? It's possible."

The state's manufac...


MSU hosts spring, summer conservation camps

MSU hosts spring, summer conservation camps

Registration is open for one spring and three summer camps for young people interested in conservation, natural sciences and wildlife.

The Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, MSU Extension Service and MSU College of Forest Resources are hosting these camps.

Conservation Careers: Discovery Days will be April 11 and is open to girls in grades nine-12. This camp is geared toward stud...

MSU to hold annual Manufacturing Summit

With Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant offering the keynote address, manufacturing, logistics and transportation leaders will "Focus on the Future" at the fifth annual Manufacturing Summit.

The March 18 program, held by Mississippi State University and American Home Furnishings Alliance, will be held on campus at the Franklin Center, 8 a.m....


MSU hosts 58th Annual Southern Forestry Conclave March 12-14

A time-honored friendly competition among 15 southern forestry schools will take place when Mississippi State University's Forestry Club hosts the 58th Annual Southern Forestry Conclave next week.

The March 12-14 event is free and open to the public at the university's John W. Starr Memorial Forest. Featuring different student competit...


Entrepreneurship program offered at Mississippi State

Beginning March 24, Mississippi State University experts will offer a course designed to help potential business owners plan for success.

The nine-week Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture program will be held Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the university's Franklin Furniture Institute.

The FastTrac NewVenture course, design...


Meet Kandis Cazenave, CFR ambassador

Meet Kandis Cazenave, CFR ambassador

Senior wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture major Kandis Cazenave has been passionate about nature as long as she can remember. Growing up in Vacherie, Louisiana, she hunted, fished, hiked, rode horseback and showed livestock. All of these activities shaped her interest in wildlife biology.

She has worked on numerous research projects as an undergraduate student including switch grass pine plantation habitat, white-tailed deer vege...

MSU celebrates Tree Campus USA designation with Arbor Day observance

Mississippi State officials, along with members of the university's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters and the Campus Tree Advisory Committee, gathered today [Feb. 13] in the Junction to celebrate the land-grant institution's Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

"I am so proud that we are a tree ca...


Meet Spencer Beasley, ambassador and forester in training

Meet Spencer Beasley, ambassador and forester in training

Spencer Beasley is a senior forestry major with a concentration in environmental conservation. A resident of Decatur, Alabama, Beasley chose MSU because of its small university feel and nationally recognized forestry program. Beasley heard about MSU during his junior year of high school through his neighbor who was a student at State. After attending a football game in Davis Wade Stadium, taking a tour of the University and meeting with someon...


Chinese delegation coming to Tupelo furniture market

Mississippi furniture manufacturers will have an opportunity to meet with retailers and representatives of furniture associations from China at the Tupelo Furniture Spring 2015 Market according to coordinators at Mississippi State's Franklin Furniture Institute.

As China's demand for American-made upholstered furniture has increased, c...


Natural resources workshop set for Feb. 26 in Greenville

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 on Feb. 26 in Greenville.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra money," said Daryl Jones, director of the Natural Resource Enterpris...


Quail, turkey management will be discussed Feb. 27

Landowners, managers and hunters wanting to learn how to develop their land for turkey and quail can take part in a seminar on Feb. 27.

Mississippi State University nd the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks are organizing the workshop, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Sessio...


Workshop will address wild hog management

Landowners, hunters and timber professionals across the state, including those in the Grenada County area, are educating themselves about a major nuisance to land and wildlife.

A Wild Hog Damage Management Workshop will take place from 8:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Grenada County Extension Office on Feb. 9. Topics include basic wildlif...


MSU wax research focused on sustainability

Mississippi State University scientists strive to establish sustainable best practices in the application of slack wax for the wood composites industry.

Slack wax is a waterproofing agent used in the production of composites, including particle board, oriented strand board, fiberboard and laminated strained lumber. The wax improves the...


Fourth-graders enchanted by MSU's wood magic

Mississippi State University hosted approximately 4,000 children, teachers and visitors Oct. 6-10 at the annual MSU Wood Magic Science Fair.

"We had another successful fair," said Rubin Shmulsky, head of the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. "It was a fun-filled, busy week when children traveled from all over the4 state to learn...


Doctoral student honored by water works association

A Mississippi State doctoral student in forest resources is being honored by the Alabama-Mississippi Section of the American Water Works Association.

Austin R. Omer of Starkville received a $2,000 scholarship during the organization's recent annual conference in Point Clear, Alabama. A former Illinois resident, he is pursuing an academ...


MSU professor emeritus receives lifetime merit award

A Mississippi State University professor emeritus recently received a national honor for his lifetime of service.

The Railway Tie Association, or RTA, executive committee gave Terry Amburgey, a Giles Distinguished Professor, the 2014 Award of Merit for his contribution to the industry. The award is given at the executive committee's di...


Trapping is best wild pig control method

Many Mississippians enjoy the sport of hunting wild pigs, but trapping is a better way to control the rapidly growing population that is destroying forests, damaging agricultural resources and threatening native wildlife in the state.

"Population studies by scientists show that hunting only removes about 25 percent of the populati...


MSU Extension Forestry wins a national award

Longtime outreach efforts by the Mississippi State University Extension Service's forestry department received significant attention when it won a national award.

MSU Extension Forestry won the 2014 Family Forests Education Award presented by the National Woodland Owners Association and the National Association of University Forest Res...


MSU's wood magic fair enchants fourth graders

Wood is a major part of Americans' daily lives. In fact, wood consumption in the U.S. is five and a half pounds per person per day. This is just one of the fascinating facts fourth graders will discover about wood when they visit Mississippi State University's Wood Magic Science Fair.

MSU will host about 4,000 children, teachers and vi...


MSU hosts a domestic manufacturing summit

Anticipating the return of manufacturing to the U.S., Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Mississippi Reshoring Summit on Sept. 24.

Higher labor costs in China and technological advances that aid in U.S. production are partly responsible for increasing domestic manufacturing. The summit will help ...


BioBlitz helps inventory ecosystem, teach public

More than 130 students, teachers and community members combed the grounds of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson on Sept. 13 during the state's first BioBlitz.

"We were looking for a fun, interactive way to educate the public about Mississippi's natural resources," said Jason Gordon, assistant Extension profe...


Biggest show in the woods set for Sept. 19-20

The newest technology and machinery used to advance the South's timber industry will be demonstrated Sept. 19-20 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 of Highway 25 south of Starkville, the show is sponsored...


MSU participates in bioenergy field tour

Using fast-growing woody crops as a source of energy and fuel may be the key to energy independence in the United States.

The latest Southeastern biofuels research and production methods will be on display for landowners, industry professionals and community leaders during a month-long series of field days in September sponsored by the...


BioBlitz date set for Natchez Trace Parkway

A hands-on event designed to promote an interest in the natural world will be held on Oct. 4 at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is partnering with the Natchez Trace Parkway to host Mississippi BioBlitz, a 13-hour event that teams scientists, students, teachers and...


Thomas A. Plein scholarship helps MSU graduate students

More scholarships are available in 2014 for Mississippi State University students who plan careers in waterfowl management and wetland conservation.

The Thomas A. Plein Endowed Graduate Student Scholarship was established in 2011 and is one of the largest graduate student scholarships in the MSU College of Forest Resources. Over the la...


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