Getting a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving meal on the table requires careful attention to detail.

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A few, simple preparations can mean the difference between achieving a healthy success or suffering a major disaster during the traditional biggest...

VARDAMAN, Miss. -- Spring rains created two sweet potato crops in Mississippi, and the later-planted crop is shaping up to be better than the first as harvests get underway.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the state’s sweet potato crop was 42% harvested as...

Corn harvest is on schedule this year despite rain from Tropical Storm Gordon that passed through the state. This corn was dried and awaiting harvest in Washington County, Mississippi, August 24, 2018. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- T...

The majority of Mississippi’s pumpkin crop stays in state and is used for decorating. Mary Rector, 1, and sister Lily, 4, enjoyed these pumpkins in their yard. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

VERONA, Miss. – Pumpkins are a minor agricultural crop in Missis...

A late crop means the majority of the state’s cotton does not yet have open bolls. This cotton at the Mississippi State University Rodney Foil Plant Science Researcher Center in Starkville was close to maturity on Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin H...

The state’s corn harvest is expected to set a new record this year. Corn was being harvested at Simmons Planting Co. in Arcola, Mississippi, on Aug. 22, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi producers are optimistic that th...

Producers planted much of Mississippi’s soybean crop early, allowing it to avoid many late-season threats from diseases and insects. These soybeans were growing July 25, 2017, on the Mississippi State University R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center in Starkville, Mi...

Natasha Haynes, Mississippi State University Extension agent in Rankin County, advocates choosing one local ingredient to spotlight in a menu, such as this squash growing at the Southern Heritage Garden at the Vicksburg National Military Park on June 13, 2017. (Photo b...

An upcoming Farm Fresh and Healthy Tour in and around Starkville will show participants where their food comes from before it ends up at a local market. Here, Debra Shafer and her grandson Sam Shafer of Starkville browse produce at the Starkville Farmers Market May 2,...

Although Natasha Haynes has never lived or worked on a farm, her professional career has circled around agriculture. She is an Extension agent in Hinds County and host of “The Food Factor,” the weekly video feature produced by the Mississippi State University Extension...

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