Monthly Archives: April 2014

Strawberry Short Course


Strawberry Short Course

Choctaw, MS (just west of Philadelphia)strawberry
May 13 & 14, 2014

Attendees must mail, email, or
fax reservations to confirm
attendance at the workshop.
There is no charge to attend and
lunch will be provided.
However, you MUST reserve a
spot as attendance is limited to

Please fill out the form in the Flyer linked below and either mail, email, or fax it to:

Dr. Rick Snyder, Truck Crops Experiment Station,
PO Box 231, Crystal Springs, MS 39059
Phone: 601-892-3731
Fax: 601-892-2056

Save the Date! Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day

Save the Date!  Beaumont Horticultural Unit Field Day

Save the Date!


The Annual Field Day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit will be held June 12, 2014!

Registration begins at 8:00 and the program runs from 8:30 to noon!

Please make plans to join us!

Mississippi State University

Beaumont Horticultural Unit

478 Hwy. 15 N

Beaumont, MS 39423


Are “Sustainable” and “Organic” Synonymous?


This is a great blog from my colleague Dr. Eric Stafne. I am often asked about the difference between “sustainable” and “organic.” What are your thoughts?

Mississippi Fruit and Nut Blog

I was recently at a meeting where the terms “sustainable” and “organic” were used interchangeably.  I found this interesting.  Are they really synonymous?  First we should define these terms.  According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sustainable means:

1. capable of being sustained
2 a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged 
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods

As for organic, we need to target the definition to deal with food only (as there are other definitions not pertinent to our discussion here):

1. Of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides

So, could an organic food system be sustainable?…

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