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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

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

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

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

Manufacturing summit to be held at Mississippi State

Manufacturers throughout the state will have an opportunity to advance their business strategies at the third annual Manufacturing Summit.

Hosted by Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute and the American Home Furnishings Alliance, the Manufacturing Summit will be held on March 27 at the Franklin Furniture Center.<...

3/14/2013

MSU fisheries professor gets conservation award

The Mississippi chapter of the American Fisheries Society recently honored a Mississippi State University professor with a conservation award.

Donald Jackson, a professor in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, received the C.A. Schultz Conservation award at the chapter's annual meeting February 22 in McComb.

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3/13/2013

Tree plantings also growing student legacies at MSU

Even though Nobel Prize winning Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai died in 2011, an international legacy of social and environmental justice she started is alive and well today.

At Mississippi State, her memoir, "Unbowed (Anchor, 2007), is this year's selection for the Maroon Edition common freshman reading experience. In addition to read...

3/12/2013

Panola County cattle farm practices good conservation

A Panola County cattleman is using native grasses in a 200-acre intensive grazing operation that is both efficient and environmentally friendly.

Durwood Gordon owns Gordon Farms, a pasture and cattle farm near Batesville. He is experiencing the kind of success that is the goal of the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and H...

3/11/2013

Duck habitat research earns students awards

Three Mississippi State University graduate students earned recognition for presentations on bottomland hardwoods at a recent meeting in the Delta.

The Bulldogs competed at the 60th Annual Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group Meeting held Feb. 21 in Stoneville with students from several universities around the region, including the ...

3/11/2013

In memory of Bill Stuart

The College of Forest Resources is saddened by the passing of forestry professor Bill Stuart. Dr. Stuart passed Tuesday, March 5. Please keep Dr. Stuart's family in your thoughts and prayers. The obituary is below.

Dr. William Berton Stuart, 72, died at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi in the early morning...

3/7/2013

MSU graduate student honored for duck study

A Mississippi State University graduate student in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture recently took second place in a competition at an international symposium.

Kira Newcomb won for the delivery of an oral presentation on black duck winter survival and habitat use at the sixth North American Duck Symposium and Worksh...

3/6/2013

Online seminar answers lumber values questions

Mississippi State University is offering a free webinar to help those in the timber business understand the changes being made this summer to lumber measurements and standards.

Southern Pine Design Values will be offered free online March 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is free, and only those registered will receive a link to the...

3/1/2013

MSU professor honored for wildlife conservation

A Mississippi State University professor has been named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

Steve Demarais, professor of wildlife ecology and management in MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, received the honor at the federations Feb. 16 meeting.

Demarais is the Dale H. Arner Pr...

3/1/2013

MSU fisheries students receive regional award

Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students at Mississippi State University recently received top honors from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.

Members of MSU's student organization affiliated with the American Fisheries Society received the 2012 Outstanding Subunit Award during the society's regional meeting he...

2/14/2013

Wildlife Society recognizes professor's diversity efforts

An international wildlife organization has recognized a Mississippi State University department head for promoting gender and ethnic diversity in natural resource professions.

The Wildlife Society awarded Bruce Leopold the prestigious Diversity Award at the recent annual meeting in Portland, Ore. The professor is head of MSU's Departme...

2/14/2013

MSU expert is named fellow in world society

An aquaculture researcher at Mississippi State University has been named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society for his contributions to the advancement of global aquaculture.

Aquaculture specialist Lou D'Abramo—who serves as dean of MSU's Office of the Graduate School, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, and Giles ...

2/7/2013

Regions Bank announces support for MSU division faculty awards

Regions Bank announced Thursday [Feb. 7] a multi-year $50,000 contribution to support major faculty awards in Mississippi State's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

Over five years, Regions will provide $10,000 annually for The Regions Bank-DAFVM Superior Faculty Awards, a new program to recognize high-caliber f...

2/7/2013

Tree planting requires planning, research

Experts at Mississippi State University recommend that those planting trees this Arbor Day do their homework before getting started.

"Most people see a tree they like and decide that they want to have one in their yard, but that is really not the way to decide what kind of tree to plant," said John Kushla, an associate Extens...

2/6/2013

MSU scientists study ducks in the Delta

Results from a Mississippi State University study of mallard ducks in the state's south Delta revealed information that could help shape conservation and habitat management programs.

For several years, Brian Davis, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in MSU's Forest and Wildlife...

2/5/2013

MSU celebrates Arbor Day with Friday tree planting

An air quality-enhancing event dating back to the 1880s will be celebrated Friday [Feb. 8] on the Mississippi State campus.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m. and open to all, students in the university’s Society of American Foresters chapter formally will recognize Arbor Day 2013 with the planting of a tree donated by the Oktibbeha County C...

2/5/2013

MSU seminar offers exporting resources

A Feb. 7 workshop will familiarize participants with some of the resources available to assist Mississippi manufacturers who want to begin or expand export activities.

Mississippi State University's Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded by the Delta Regional Authority.<...

1/31/2013

Waterfowl scientists flock to Memphis

Mississippi State University is hosting about 500 waterfowl biologists and wetland scientists for the North American Duck Symposium and Workshop in Memphis.

The event runs Jan. 27 to 31 at the Peabody Hotel, home of the world-famous mallard ducks.

"This symposium will identify the most important topics for waterfowl rese...

1/28/2013

Native grasses improving a Prentiss County farm

Ronnie Crawford's 300-acre pasture and forage operation in Prentiss County is the kind of conservation success a Mississippi State University initiative is trying to encourage across the state.

Crawford is part of MSU's Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat, or REACH, initiative. This effort is spearheaded by Robbi...

1/24/2013

Two March workshops teach gamebird management

Upcoming Mississippi State University workshops can help landowners or managers interested in attracting gamebirds learn how to encourage quail and turkey populations on their land.

The Gamebird Workshop: Managing Quail and Turkey in Mississippi is offered through the MSU Extension Service, MSU College of Forest Resources and the Missi...

1/24/2013

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