Monthly Archives: March 2013

FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act Seminar


Introducing  The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) To Mississippi’s Produce Industry

Dates:   March 27, 2013; April 5, 2013; April 26, 2013

Time:  10:00 AM — NOON

Coastal Research and
Extension Center
1815 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 39532

Contact:  Dr. Barakat Mahmoud (

For more information and registration see link below.

FSMA Brochure



I have been asked to serve as the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Pathfinder for the 2013 Pathways to Possibilities Career Expo to be held in Biloxi November 13th  and 14th.  I have included more info on P2P below. I need your help!  I am looking for individuals to Sponsor our pathway (sponsorship levels are below) as well as conduct brief (10-15 min) hands-on experiences in agriculture, food, and natural resources.  If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact me!


Information about P2P

P2P is an interactive career expo designed for all 8th graders in private and public schools in the six lower counties of Mississippi.  It is set to take place on November 13 and 14, 2013 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi from 9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.  Each student will have 90 minutes to experience at least eight Pathways, which are aligned with the career Pathways set forth by the Mississippi Department of Education.  The students will be prepped during class before attending the event in order to familiarize them with the Pathways ahead of time.  Each Pathway is led by a Pathfinder who has coordinated the Pathway members to design and implement a hands-on activity intended to inspire the students to further explore that Pathway.  Software is used after the event to help the students corral their thoughts about the event and encourage a direction for their high school Pathway choice.  Pathways2Possibilities is modeled after Worlds of Opportunity (WOO) in Mobile, Alabama hosted by the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council.  There is an excellent and brief video at about the WOO success.


Pathways2Possibilities: Sponsorship Levels


Presenting Sponsor  $50,000

Platinum Sponsor     $25,000

Gold Sponsor              $10,000

Silver Sponsor             $5,000

Bronze Sponsor          $2,500

Supporting Sponsor $1,000

Patron Sponsor           $500

Pathways Partner       $250

Friend of Pathways    $100

Out and About in East Biloxi


Today is a beautiful day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!  I was fortunate enough this morning to get out and spend some time in the community of East Biloxi.

My first stop was the Early Head Start Center at Moore Community House.  I did two vegetable tasting programs with 8 classes of 3 and 4 year-olds!


The kids were adventurous eaters!  They tried broccoli, cauliflower, white potatoes, sweetpotatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and grape tomatoes!


My next stop was Henry Beck Park.  There, Sharon Hanshaw and Coastal Women for Change have a community garden.  It will soon be a registered People’s Garden!



I really do have an awesome job!


This a great example of “your tax dollars at work!”

Mississippi Fruit and Nut Blog

I often get requests to go to a farm and see about a certain problem or issue that has cropped up.  I am happy to do this as it is part of my job.  But, sometimes on these visits I hear the comment that, “my tax dollars pay for this visit” or something akin to that.  Is that true?  Well, yes and no.  Tax dollars may go toward that visit indirectly, but how much would a visit cost if there was no Extension Service?  For example, if the only option was to call a consultant what would that cost the growers?  Let’s look at an example:

A consultant who lives in Poplarville, MS is called to visit a vineyard in Corinth, MS.  The distance is 319 miles.  The consultant spends 5 hours driving each way, plus spends a couple hours with the grower.  It is a long drive, so the…

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