Mississippi State University’s Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station will host the July 19th field day/training. The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's Truck Crops Branch is one of 16 branch stations, located just south of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station focuses on horticulture. The station, which was established in 1938, encompasses 175 acres, the most acreage dedicated to horticulture in the MSU system. There are two laboratories, shop facilities, nine greenhouses and seven high tunnels on-site. Download PDF for more info.
Researchers focus on vegetables, ornamental crops, fruits and pecans, conducting variety trials for commercial growers and the gardening public as well. Researchers evaluate how well certain plants grow under various conditions in the field, in the greenhouses, in the high tunnels, and in various containers. Three of the high tunnels are dedicated to researching organic fruits and vegetables. In October, the station hosts the Fall Flower and Garden Fest, considered the largest home gardening show in the Southeast. More than 400 cultivars are on display during the two-day fest, which includes educational garden seminars walking tours, and demonstrations. Plant, yard art, garden supply, and food vendors round out the event, which draws 5,000 people each year. (SEE DIRECTIONS BELOW)
Major Topics for Module #4 Farm Fundamentals Include:
· 4.1 Production – Lectures on animal nutrition and crop nutrition;
· 4.2 Financial – Lecture on financial statements;
· 4.3 Marketing – Lecture on branding and promotion;
· 4.4 Food Safety – Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule; and
· 4.5 Farm Policy – Discussion on challenges faced by new and beginning farmers.
There is NO COST to attend this event, but PRE-REGISTRATION is required!
FREE LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.
REGISTRATION: 8:00AM. PROGRAM: 9:00AM TO 4:00PM.
TO REGISTER SEND EMAIL TO: AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com.
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DIRECTIONS TO MSU TRUCK CROPS BRANCH EXPERIMENT STATION
The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station is located at 2024 Experiment Station Road, Crystal Springs, Mississippi 39059. From Jackson and North: The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station is located about 25 miles south of Jackson. From Jackson, take I-55 South. Then, take Exit 68, which is the South Crystal Springs exit. Turn left off the exit ramp, and then take a right at the 4way stop on Highway 51 South. Proceed south for 1 1/2 miles. Turn left at the "Truck Crops" sign at Eubanks Road, cross the tracks, and enter the gate straight ahead. Note: Please be extremely careful crossing the railroad tracks. Trains pass through about every 30 minutes, with some in excess of 70 mph. From Brookhaven and South: From I-55 North, take Exit 65, the Gallman exit (near Stuckey's). Turn right off the exit ramp, and follow West Gallman Road around the curve to the left, until you come to the stop sign. Turn left on Highway 51 North. Proceed north for about a mile. Turn right at the "Truck Crops" sign at Eubanks Road, cross the tracks, and enter the gate straight ahead. Note: Please be extremely careful crossing the railroad tracks. Trains pass through about every 30 minutes, with some in excess of 70 mph. Please enter the gates and follow directions to the parking area. Contact: Janie Taylor at 601-892-3731 for help with driving directions. TO REGISTER EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Pre-registration is required)
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University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic
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