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New Fruit and Vegetable Disease Management Publications Available!

New Fruit and Vegetable Disease Management Publications Available!

Several new or updated resources for fruit and vegetable disease management are now available. These publications are available at the links below.




MSU Extension Pub: F1139          Plant Disease Sample Submission Form (new, 2017)

                                                                *This is the new submission form for the Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab.


MSU Extension Pub: F0448          Nematode Sample Submission Form (new, 2017)

                                                                *This is the new submission form for the Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab.


MSU Extension Pub: M1562        How to Collect and Package Plant Disease Specimens for Diagnosis (revised, 2017)


MSU Extension Pub: P3022          Taking Photos of Plant Disease Problems (new, 2017)


MSU Extension Pub: P3076          Cucurbit Downy Mildew (new, 2017)


                MSU Extension Pub: P1861          Greenhouse Tomatoes: Pest Management in Mississippi (updated, 2017)


MSU Extension Pub: P2036          Organic Vegetable IPM Guide (revised, 2016)

                                                                *Includes major updates to disease management portion of the guide.


MSU Extension Pub: P2946          Lichens (new, 2016)


MSU Extension Pub: P2936          Greenhouse Basil Downy Mildew (updated, 2016)


MSU Extension Pub: P3005          Pecan Bacterial Leaf Scorch (new, 2016)


2017 Southeastern US Vegetable Crop Handbook (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeastern Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pest Management and Culture Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Blueberry Integrated Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Organic Blueberry Pest Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Caneberries Integrated Management Guide  (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Strawberry Integrated Pest Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Southeast Regional Muscadine Grape Integrated Management Guide (updated, 2017)


2017 Integrated Orchard Management Guide for Commercial Apples in the Southeast


Upcoming Events!


Beginning Farmer Workshop

Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. at the Green County Vo-Tech Center located at 173 Vo-Tech Rd in Leakesville, MS  39451. 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology is partnering with the Southeast Mississippi Co-op to host a free beginning farmer workshop; this workshop will include such topics as livestock and vegetable production, specialty crops, market gardening, and business management.  Anyone interested in starting a farm or expanding a personal garden to sell crops is invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to help revive the economy and the community, according to Dewayne Smith, president of the Co-op. For more information, contact Smith at 601-394-8763 or call the NCAT Gulf States Office in Jackson, MS at (866) 643-2767.

Agripreneurship Series: Working with the USDA

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MS State University Multipurpose Center located at 962 Sullivan Rd in Hattiesburg, MS. 

Alcorn State University is partnering with North-South Institute, Inc. to bring you a workshop to learn first-hand how USDA’s programs can benefit you and your farm.  Space is limited, please RSVP to workshops@nsied.org or call 601-443-1539.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

GAP/GHP Cost-Share Program Available

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is currently offering a cost-share program to provide financial assistance to Mississippi fruit and vegetable farmers receiving Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) Certification.  Eligible farmers will receive reimbursement for 75% of the certification costs up to a maximum of $500.  To receive reimbursement, farmers must submit a completed application with proper documentation of costs incurred.  Only audits completed by an approved USDA certifier will be eligible for reimbursement.  A list of auditor contacts is available at www.ams.usda.gov/gapghp.  Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted.  Funding for this program is provided through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  For more information about this program or to obtain an application, visit www.mdac.ms.gov, call Michael Lasseter at (601) 359-1120 or email michaelL@mdac.ms.gov.

Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference

The 2013 Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference will be held November 14-15 at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS.  More details to come. 

Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Annual Conference

The Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is pleased to announce that the annual Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow will be held November 13-15, 2013 at Pearl River Resort, Silver Star Conference Center in Choctaw, MS. This three-day event will feature a trade show, three tracks of educational presentations, as well as an area farm tour to round out the events.  Activities kick-off Wednesday the 15th with 18 holes at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club with members, vendors, and other conference participants. Over twenty-five sessions on Thursday and Friday will cover general production, agritourism, and sustainable practices in farming. On Thursday evening, conference attendees will enjoy a complimentary Magnolia Fresh Farm-to-Plate hour including drinks and hor d’oeuvres prepared from food provided by our very own Mississippi growers! Friday afternoon, the conference will culminate with a tour of the newly established Choctaw high-tunnel production farm. 

Additional information about the conference and registration can be found at www.msfruitandveg.com.


National Farmers Market Week: August 4-10, 2013


Summer is in full swing, and it’s a great time to visit your local farmers market!  Here in Mississippi, you can still find watermelons, cantaloupes, squash, cucumbers, and of course, tomatoes!

Below is a press release distributed this morning by the USDA filled with Farmers Market Facts!


USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week, August 4-10
Confirms Growth and Sustainability in Farmers Markets
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Saturday celebrated National Farmers Market Week with a kick-off event at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market in Washington, D.C.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 8,144 farmers markets are now listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directoryup from about 5,000 in 2008. The Directory, voluntarily updated by farmers market managers, state departments of agriculture, marketing associations, and others, is published online at farmersmarkets.usda.gov. This year, the Directory has been upgraded to include a new Application Programming Interface (API) that improves customer access to farmers market data.

“Farmers markets are an important public face for agriculture and a critical part of our nation’s food system,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. “They provide benefits not only to the farmers looking for important income opportunities, but also help fill a growing consumer demand for fresh, healthy foods. In recent years, USDA has stepped up efforts to support local and regional marketing opportunities for producers, including a modernized Farmer’s Market Directory to help connect farmers, consumers, communities, and businesses around the country.”

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo spoke at Saturday’s farmers market celebration at Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights Marketplace announcing the newly updated National Farmers Market Directory information.

“Due to consumer demand for local food we are seeing an increase in the diversity of market offerings, and more participation from small businesses and farms,” Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo said. “This year we are focusing on the sustainability and maturity of farmers markets- keeping new and old markets thriving and improving. Farmers markets around the country continue to be popular social events for families and communities.”

Local food and direct marketing opportunities, including farmers markets, are one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, direct sales of food products from farmers to individual consumers rose by nearly 50 percent between 2002 and 2007. Worth an estimated $1 billion in 2005, local food sales grew to $4.8 billion in 2007 and nearly $7 billion last year, according to industry estimates. For nearby businesses in major cities across the U.S., having a farmers market nearby means an average increase in sales of anywhere from $19,000 to $15 million (according to a Marketumbrella research paper published in 2012).

The 10 top states account for over half (51.3 percent) of all markets listed in the Directory database:

1. California (759)

2. New York (637)

3. Illinois (336)

4. Michigan (331)

5. Ohio (300)

6. Pennsylvania (290)

7. Massachusetts (289)

8. Wisconsin 286)

9. Missouri (New to list in 2013 – in 2012 was ranked 19th) (246)

9. Virginia (tie) (246)

10. Iowa (229)

10. North Carolina (tie) (229)

Geographic regions like the mid-Atlantic (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) increased to a 11.98 percent market share in 2013, from a 11.65 percent in 2012, the Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) increased to a 29.11 percent market share in 2013, from a 27.48 percent share in 2012, and the Southeast region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) increased to a 5.03 percent market share in 2013, from a 4.79 percent share in 2012.

USDA has taken several steps to support direct marketing farmers as part of the Department’s commitment to support local and regional food systems, and increase consumer access to fresh, healthy food in communities across the country. For example:

  • The USDA launched a new API for the National Farmers Market Directory in May which helps consumers locate farmers markets nearby. APIs enable programmers to interact directly with an open data source to work with real-time data—rather than a static data export that can become immediately out of date. The development is part of USDA’s commitment to expanding opportunities for our local farmers markets and small businesses.
  • USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has outfitted morefarmers markets with the ability to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), to improve access to fresh produce and healthy foods by SNAP recipients. USDA recently announced $4 million dollars in available funding to help farmers markets and direct marketing farmers purchase and operate wireless point-of-sale equipment. Currently, over 3,800 farmers markets are authorized to accept SNAP in FY 2012, and farmers markets generate over $16 million in SNAP sales.
  • USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative serves the growing local and regional market segment. This Initiative coordinates and strengthens USDA’s work on local and regional food systems.

Many markets will host fun activities to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, including pie contests, festivals, cooking demonstrations, events for kids, raffle drawings and giveaways. USDA officials will visit markets around the country between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10, to honor growers and commemorate National Farmers Market Week.

The USDA National Farmers Market Directory is available atfarmersmarkets.usda.gov. Users can search this year’s enhanced directory for farmers markets based on location, available products, and types of payment accepted, including participation in federal nutrition programs such as SNAP and WIC. Farmers markets that participate in federal nutrition program improve access to healthy food in underserved communities across the country.

Program for Beaumont Field Day – June 13


Vegetable Field Day

Beaumont Horticultural Unit

June 13, 2013

8:00    Registration and Biscuits

8:30     Welcome

8:45     Overview of the Beaumont Horticultural Unit

                        Dr. Christine Coker

9:00    Pollinators for Vegetables

                        Dr. Blair Sampson

9:15      Safe Handling of Produce

                        Dr. Barakat Mahmoud

Move to Field Station Presentations (15 mins each)

9:40     Management Practices for Small-Scale Vegetable Production

                        Christian Stephenson

10:00   Southernpeas and Sweet Corn Trials

                        Dr. David Nagel

10:20   Southern Stem Rot in Peanut

                        Dr. Alan Henn

10:40   Hops Production in Mississippi

                        Scott Langlois

11:00    Bunch Grapes for the South

                        Dr. Eric Stafne

11:20    Visit Exhibitors; Q&A

Dr. Vasile Cerven – high tunnel construction, technology, and production

Randy Coker – Mississippi MarketMaker

Special Thanks to Mike Ely, Thomas Freeman, and Corey Wheeler.