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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 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 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 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

Seven counties host Feb. 9 squirrel hunts

Wildlife groups are sponsoring squirrel hunts for youths in seven counties across Mississippi on Feb. 9 to promote lifetimes of safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agricult...

1/10/2013

Timber value jumps, still drops to No. 3

An 8 percent increase in a billion-dollar industry is significant, but timber still fell from its long-held second place spot on Mississippi's agricultural commodity list.

James Henderson, assistant forestry professor with Mississippi State University's Extension Service, is estimating the 2012 value of Mississippi forest products to b...

12/13/2012

Rains won't dampen Christmas tree sales

Christmas tree growers were thinking about the holidays when Hurricane Isaac made landfall Aug. 28, knowing the winds and rains would bring additional work before trees would be ready for the 2012 harvest.

Stephen Dicke, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University's Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in ...

11/9/2012

Use good judgment when feeding wildlife

Warm-hearted Mississippians often turn their attention to their furry and feathered neighbors when temperatures get cold, putting out feeders to care for them over the winter.

Birds are the most commonly fed wildlife, and stores stock a variety of feeders, seed mixes and houses for them.

Leslie Burger, an Extension conservat...

11/8/2012

Stay safe when hunting this holiday season

For many Mississippi families, the holidays are about hunting and eating home-cooked meals, and safety should be as high a priority as sweet potato pie.

"No one wants to spend their holidays in the hospital or at home recovering from an injury, so hunters need to practice common-sense safety precautions," said Bronson Strickl...

11/8/2012

MSU Forestry Extension project wins national award

The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently gained national recognition for a program designed to protect the state’s timberlands from an insect pest.

The Mississippi Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program received the 2012 Family Forests Education Award at the Society of American Foresters’ national conven...

11/5/2012

Farmers face loss of beneficial bats

Bats, an organic method of pest control, may become rare in the United States and Canada.

The primary predators of night-flying insects, bats reduce the need for chemical pesticides and save the agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year in pest-control costs. But bat populations across the Eastern United States are decreasi...

10/23/2012

Workshop educates on managing wild hogs

Sixty-five people will have the opportunity Dec. 4 to learn ways to manage wild hogs that have become a serious problem for landowners.

The Wild Pig Management Workshop will be held in Raymond at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. The program is provided by the MSU Extension Service,...

10/18/2012

Hunters: Avoid tagged deer near Lowndes County

When hunters in Lowndes and surrounding counties see deer with colored ear tags this fall, researchers at Mississippi State University hope they will allow the research subjects to roam.

Scientists at MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are studying antler size and growth rates for 77 tagged whitetail bucks in the wild. Res...

10/1/2012

In-woods equipment show set for Oct. 5-6

The Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show will showcase the newest technology and machinery being used to advance the South’s timber industry.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s College o...

10/1/2012

MSU research reels in success for fisheries

Mississippi has some of the best fisheries in the nation, and Mississippi State University researchers are working to keep the threatened species in them from disappearing.

Peter Allen, assistant professor of aquatic sciences, conducts research on the fisheries that provide food and fun for Mississippians. He works at MSU’s South...

8/30/2012

MSU forestry software inventories resources

Seeing the forest and the trees is a lot easier with software developed by scientists at Mississippi State University.

Researchers at MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center have created the Mississippi Forest Monitoring and Information System, a forest inventory and information system that combines satellite remote sensing data and ...

8/23/2012

Ponds give Mississippians more than entertainment

Mississippi’s 160,237 ponds offer more than mere recreation—they benefit the state’s economy and environment.

Most people envision ponds as small bodies of water that offer a peaceful view and recreational fishing opportunities, said Glynda Clardy, state wildlife biologist at U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural R...

8/2/2012

MSU student named marine policy fellow

A Mississippi State University doctoral candidate has been selected for a prestigious national fellowship focused on federal marine policies.

Clifford P. Hutt of Starkville is one of 53 scholars selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. He will spend a year in a legislative or executive office in Washington, D.C. to lea...

7/19/2012

Agritourism gains popularity in state

Hunting and fishing have always been popular in Mississippi, but landowners are now adding wildlife watching, horseback riding and other agricultural entertainment businesses, such as pumpkin patches and bed and breakfasts, to the mix.

Daryl Jones, an associate Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wild...

7/5/2012

Fight feral hogs with online info

Wild pigs may be a boon to hunters, but to many of the nation’s landowners, they are a nuisance, an economic and environmental liability, and a disease hazard.

Farmers and landowners can arm themselves with information from a new website dedicated to providing research-based, useful solutions for feral hogs that damage their crop...

6/28/2012

Smart landscaping reduces wildfire risk

Mississippians can see footage of the West’s wildfires nearly every day, but many could be surprised to learn that their own state averages more than 600 wildfires a year. With urban sprawl infringing on the state’s forests, the fire risk is growing.

"Wildfires don’t get much attention here because we aren’...

6/28/2012

MSU alumnus wins conservation award

A Mississippi State University alumnus’s dedication to sharing his passion for the outdoors has resulted in a national honor.

Jay Stokes, a 2007 graduate of MSU’s College of Forest Resources, was honored as a Field and Stream magazine Hero of Conservation. The honor recognizes individuals who conduct extremely effective hun...

6/21/2012

Forest landowners honor MSU Extension specialist

A forest and wildlife management specialist at Mississippi State University has been named the national Extension Forester of the Year by the Forest Landowners Association.

Don Bales of Purvis, a senior Extension associate in MSU’s College of Forest Resources and certified wildlife biologist, received the honor at the organizatio...

6/8/2012

Wildlife habitats easy to achieve in city

City dwellers do not have to move to the country to enjoy colorful birds, butterflies and other wild animals if they build a backyard wildlife habitat.

"The No. 1 reason people consider a backyard wildlife habitat is for the enjoyment they get from watching wildlife," said Ty Jones, Madison County director with Mississippi St...

6/7/2012

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