Cover Crop and Soil Health Forum Coming to a Location Near You!

Cover Crop & Soil Health Forums scheduled for Feb. 18th You are invited to attend a free, live broadcast of the February 18th SARE-sponsored National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health. Join the conversation at one of nearly 200 Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums to be hosted nationwide by the Natural Resource Conservation…

What is an Earth Team Volunteer?

Yesterday I attended the 69th Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts in Jackson.  I was honored with the Earth Team Individual Award for the state. So, what is an Earth Team Volunteer?  Earth Team Volunteers (ETVs) work with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  NRCS and ETVs help America’s farmers conserve…

Blueberry Workshop Feb. 13th

MSU-Extension Service, USDA-ARS, and the Gulf South Blueberry Growers’ Association will be hosting a workshop in Hattiesburg at the Forrest County Extension Office on February 13 from 1-5pm.  Although primarily focused on blueberries, some of the topics will be of interest to other fruit growers (i.e. SWD update, FSMA, mechanical harvesting, etc.).  I have attached…

Women in Ag Scholarship Available!

Mississippi Women for Agriculture-Dianne Evans Memorial Scholarship Scholarship Description In keeping with the mission “to empower women in agriculture through education, involvement, and action,” the Mississippi Women for Agriculture organization (MWA), along with the family of Dianne Evans, is offering a $500 scholarship for women who are full time ag students.  Students entering their junior…

Vegetable Growers’ Workshop in Hattiesburg on Jan. 16th

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Vegetable producers in south Mississippi can attend a workshop offered by the Forrest County Extension Service on Jan. 16. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1f8EhjF ) speakers include David Nagel, a Mississippi State University Extension professor, and David Phillips with Seminis Vegetable Seeds. Nagel’s topic will be “Profits from Produce Growing,” covering…

Pining for Pinterest

I was asked to speak to the Harrison County Master Gardeners today.  My presentation was titled “Pining for Pinterest.”  I know Pinterest can be me a major time suck, but there are some pretty cool ideas and resources to be found there.  Anyway, my talk was about how to use Pinterest, for those that don’t…

Events

There are a couple of  Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs) opportunities available.  The first, is a series of workshops explaining the fundamentals of GAPS and GHPs.  I will be teaching sections on Animal and Pest Control and Exclusion, Cooling, and Creating a Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure Document. In addition, the Mississippi…