Monthly Archives: February 2013

Producer Advisory Council


Yesterday, the Coastal Research and Extension Center hosted its annual Producer Advisory Council meeting.  Representatives of various commodities from across southeast Mississippi came together to help shape research and outreach efforts.  I chaired the Vegetable Producer Session.  We had approximately 30 attendees!  Below are just some of the topics we discussed.


Low tunnels:  there is interest in educational opportunities about how to best utilize low tunnel technology to protect early crops.

GHP and GAP certification: growers requested education regarding Good Agricultural Practices as well as Good Handling Practices.

Wildlife control:  growers continue to battle wildlife in their fields, especially white-tailed deer and feral hogs.


Thanks to all who attended and contributed to making our programs more robust for our state’s agricultural industries.

Upcoming Event: Native Orchids


On March 10, 2013 the Gulf Coast Orchid Society will host Dr. Doug Martin from Kansas City. KS.  He will speak on “Growing  Hardy Orchids.”  These plants are traditionally considered to be difficult to grow.  In reality, like all plants, hardy orchids will grow well if provided with the conditions to which they are adapted in the wild.  Doug has grown and studied hardy orchids for over fifteen years.  He has received 7 AOS awards for hardy orchids including a certificate of cultural excellence and a certificate of cultural merit.   He will discuss what he has learned about the conditions that hardy orchids need to grow well, and will describe the methods he uses to provide those conditions.

There has been concern over the years about the rapidly dwindling native orchids in our area by members of the GC Orchid Society. Some members have managed to rescue a few and get them sort of established in their yards.

The meeting is free, open to the public and starts at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in the large meeting room behind the cafeteria of the Jefferson Davis campus of MGCCC (off Switzer and Debuys Roads) in Biloxi.  There will be  a tropical orchid sale following the workshop.