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MSU administrator elected to regional post

The director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is the new chair-elect of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.

George M. Hopper was voted chair-elect for 2013-14 at the organization's fall meeting. He will assume the responsibilities of chair in 2014-15.

As chair-...

11/12/2013

Buy Christmas trees early to get best options

Thanks to impressive live Christmas tree sales last year, customers seeking the best Christmas trees may need to buy early this year.

Stephen Dicke, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor, said Christmas tree farms experienced a 15 percent increase in sales in 2012 and expect an additional 7 percent increase in this y...

11/8/2013

MSU wildlife biologist receives regional award

Richard M. Kaminski, a longtime Mississippi State University professor, is being recognized for his contributions and service to wildlife science and conservation.

Kaminski, a professor in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, received the 2013 Clarence W. Watson Award at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wi...

11/5/2013

MSU forestry professor named a society fellow

A Mississippi State University forestry professor was recently named a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters.

Emily Schultz was honored by the professional forestry organization for her contributions to the society and the forestry profession. Schultz is a professor in the MSU College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife R...

11/4/2013

MSU team places first in timber bridge competition

A Mississippi State student team holds top honors in a national design and construction challenge, thanks to the collaboration of two university colleges.

Civil engineering majors in the Bagley College of Engineering, with guidance from faculty in the College of Forest Resources, were overall winners of the recent 2013 American Society...

11/1/2013

Retired wildlife biologist to lead 2013 Carlton N. Owen Lecture

The immediate past-president of The Wildlife Society is this year's guest for Mississippi State's 2013 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

Wini Kessler will lead the Monday [Nov. 4] public program. Her presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of the university's Thompson Hall.

Founded in 1937, the society is a non...

10/30/2013

MSU Deer Lab launches food plot planting app

Wildlife managers can get expert tips on what to plant in food plots year-round with a new app from the Mississippi State University Deer Lab.

Bronson Strickland, a wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said he wanted to give people easy access to research-based information while in the field or in the feed sto...

10/22/2013

Wildlife society honors MSU associate director

The associate director of two research centers at Mississippi State University is a new Fellow in The Wildlife Society.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger Jr., a professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, was recognized for exceptional service to the wildlife profession at the 2013 annual meeting of The Wildlife Socie...

10/22/2013

Kennedy gift to benefit MSU wetland theater, grow endowed chair

A gift of real estate in Carroll County serves as a lead contribution for Mississippi State University's Carsie Clark and Diane Worthington Young Wetland Education Theater and increases a previously established endowment for the James C. Kennedy Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation.

James C. Kennedy, chairman of Atlanta-based C...

10/17/2013

MSU host thousands at Wood Magic event

About 4,000 fourth-graders, teachers and parents from across the state will be at Mississippi State University Oct. 14-18 for the annual Wood Magic Science Fair.

Activities and exhibits illustrating everything from papermaking to the strength of a toothpick-sized piece of wood are part of the annual event at the Forest Products Lab ...

10/11/2013

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

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

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

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

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