Food Safety Training Opportunities

Food Safety Training Opportunities

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion will host an Acidified Canned Foods (ACF) Training and General Food Safety Training for Mississippi Certified Farmers’ Market Vendors and the Cottage Food Industries. The workshop is designed to teach the basics of food safety and regulations for processing acidified foods in Mississippi. The General Farmer’s Market Food Safety Training will also take place after the ACF Course. This training session is highly recommended for all processed food vendors that attend Mississippi Certified Farmers’ Markets or sell at their farm, etc.


The workshop will be held Friday, February 24th, 2017 starting at 8:30am. The cost for the workshops is $15. The training workshop will be held at the Coastal Research and Extension Center of Mississippi State University in Biloxi, MS. Pre-registration is required and must be received by February 20, 2017. Bring payment or mail check to MSU FSNHP. Registration and information is attached.


Registration and information can be found:


Pest Management Workshop – March 16, 2017

Pest Management Workshop – March 16, 2017

2017 General Pest Management Workshop

Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 8:15 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

The 2017 General Pest Management Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond. The workshop will consist of a morning and afternoon session. Registration/check-in will begin at 8:15 A.M. The program will begin at 8:45 A.M and will end at 4:00 P.M. Lunch will be provided.

This workshop has been approved by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Bureau of Plant Industry for consultant recertification for entomology, plant pathology, and weed control.

This workshop is also being offered for in-service training credit for MSU Extension agents. Agents attending the workshop must complete the online workshop registration as well as the in-service training registration in order to get in-service training credit.

Pre-registration and payment of the $20.00 pre-registration fee should be completed/received no later than Wednesday, March 9, 2017.  The registration fee will increase to $25.00 for registrations received after March 9 or on the day of the workshop.

Additional information regarding registration and payments is available through the online registration.

2017 Brings Exciting Floral Programs to CREC

2017 Brings Exciting Floral Programs to CREC

MSU Extension offers training programs in floral design to residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and beyond.  Dr. Jim DelPrince is the lead specialist in this program and offers workshops and demonstrations at our Popps Ferry Road location.  The MSU Extension Floral Design program is divided into the following four groups aiding amateurs, professionals and growers to learn and achieve.


Floral Enthusiast (FE)

The root word of the term amateur is the Latin word amat which translates as “love”.  Floral enthusiasts are amateurs in the true sense, those who love flowers.  Our short duration workshops (usually two hours) are offered monthly with appeal to those who want to create a beautiful floral design to keep or give to a friend.

Master Floral Designer (MFD)

Modeled after the Master Gardener program, Master Floral Enthusiasts (MFE) commit to 42 hours of classroom workshops and lecture/demonstrations, followed by 40 hours of volunteer floral design practice.  Those who complete the MFE program learn the basics of floral design, including several projects using fresh flowers, dried flowers and numerous mechanics and accessories along with design principles and elements.  Volunteer hours may involve completion of educational displays for the public, floral programmatic assistance, and many others.

Professional Florist (PF)

Professional floristry requires adept usage of updated mechanics and techniques in order to maintain consumer appeal.  Professional floristry is a creative industry, but must use sound business practices in order to generate revenue and profits.


Mississippi’s climate allows for the production of unusual plant materials.  While some of our plants and flowers may seem mundane, they are exotic in the eyes of those far from our state’s borders.  This program markets Mississippi-grown/produced floral materials and related in floral design demonstrations titled Beautiful Things From Mississippi.


For more information contact Dr. Jim DelPrince at

Mississippi MarketMaker In-Service Training Workshop and Outreach


Mississippi MarketMaker Blog

What is MarketMaker?

MarketMaker “is the largest and most in-depth database of its kind featuring a diverse community of food-related businesses: buyers, farmers/ranchers, fisheries, farmers markets, processors/packers, wineries, restaurants and more. MarketMaker provides simple yet powerful search tools to connect with others across the production and distribution chain.” Read more at<.

“Producers register their businesses in MarketMaker because food buyers of all types access our database to find products and services to meet their specific needs. Through MarketMaker, producers can reach more buyers and more efficiently form profitable business alliances.”

“Buyers register making their business discoverable to food producers looking to grow, source, or sell just what you need. Buyers can use MarketMaker to find more suppliers of differentiated, high-quality products leading to more efficient sourcing and higher margins.”

“Consumers use MarketMaker to locate suppliers selling just what they need. Search for anything—the nearest supplier of organic chick peas, specialty…

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Introducing the Community ExCHANGE

Introducing the Community ExCHANGE



Introducing the
Gulf Coast Community ExCHANGE
a web-based healthy communities initiative
transforming data into ACTION.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
9:30  – 11:00 a.m.

Knight Non-Profit Center
Community Bank Room
11975 Seaway Road, Gulfport MS

Space is limited to 12-15 participants.
Please invite a colleague and RSVP to


·         LEARN how and why the Mississippi Gulf Coast was chosen for this powerful data platform.

·         LEARN how to use the Community ExCHANGE as a tool in your grant writing.

·         LEARN why we are committed to offering this dynamic tool for FREE to everyone on the Gulf Coast.

·         LEARN how to customize a fully-integrated health dashboard for initiatives your organization is tracking.

  • BRING your laptop, fully charged. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the site yourself. 

Powered by Xerox Community Health Solutions. Fully funded through Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Future for the Gulf Fund.