Wanted Applicants: Assistant Extension Professor of Estuarine and Wetland Ecology

This person will be expected to develop an aggressive extension program related to estuarine and wetland environmental issues relevant to Mississippi and the upper Gulf of Mexico and develop a complimentary research program.

Read more about this faculty position at https://www.jobs.msstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1413980863527.

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Potential Economic Impact of Oyster Aquaculture in Mississippi

Off-Bottom Molluscan Shellfish Culture

Off-bottom culture of molluscan shellfish is defined as floating and/or suspended operations, that include, but are not limited to, long lines and rafts.

On-Bottom Culture in Offshore Waters

On-bottom culture of molluscan shellfish in offshore waters includes any aquaculture operation that involves the use of cultch material, racks, cages or any structures to support shellfish.

On-Bottom Culture in Nearshore Waters

On-bottom culture of molluscan shellfish in nearshore waters includes any aquaculture operation that involves the use of cultch material, racks, cages or any structures to support shellfish.

The annual oyster production in Mississippi from oyster leases totaling 623.2 acres are shown in the figure below.

MSOysterAquaProdSource of raw data: MS-DMR.

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2014 SURVEY OF MISSISSIPPI LIFETIME SPORTSMEN

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WANTED APPLICANTS FOR AGRICULTURAL MARKETING, AGRIBUSINESS, PRODUCTION POSITION

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT/ DESCRIPTION

Assistant Professor, Agricultural Marketing, Agribusiness, Production

Mississippi State University

Position Description:  Candidates are sought to provide aggressive leadership in the development and implementation of a nationally recognized Extension education, information and outreach program pertaining to agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, and/or production economics.  The objective is to provide producers, professional farm managers, agribusiness professionals, and policy makers with objective, research-based information on the economic and non-economic impacts of agricultural markets, risk management applications and tools, and policy implications on the profitability of various business enterprises.  The successful candidate will develop and assist in developing educational and applied research programs related to agricultural marketing, risk management, and/or production possibilities related to specialty crops and value added products.  S/he will be expected to actively engage with subject matter specialists from other disciplines to appropriately develop an effective applied research and extension program.  Experience with entrepreneurship and policy programs related to specialty crops is desirable but not required.  Teaching responsibilities would relate to the above subject areas.

Extension faculty members are expected to successfully seek external funding to help support their programs.  Significant scholarly output including articles in peer-reviewed journals, extension and experiment publications, departmental and college newsletter articles, Situation and Outlook reports, and popular press publications are expected.  S/he will work with faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics, especially those working in agricultural marketing and agribusiness, risk management, direct farm marketing, and budgeting.  Further, the candidate will be expected to offer workshop and county/state/regional educational presentations as well as cooperating with Extension communication specialists to contribute content for mass media programs.

This is a 12-month, 85% Extension, 15% teaching tenured track appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in agricultural economics or economics with specific training in agricultural marketing, agribusiness management, production economics, farm management, and/or related topics.  The successful candidate will have a practical knowledge of U.S. and global agriculture, enabling her/him to work with public and private entities and agricultural producers in Mississippi.  Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills are required for the position.  Experience with Extension education is desirable, but not required.  Candidates who are ABD will be considered.

Salary and Benefits:  Highly Competitive

Application Procedure:  Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, official transcripts of all college and university work, and have three professional letters of reference sent to: Mrs. Debra Price, Department of Agricultural Economics, Box 5187, Mississippi State, MS  39762 (or by email to Price@agecon.msstate.edu).  Applicants must complete the Personal Data Information form found at http://www.jobs.msstate.edu.  (Search postings for PARF# 7880).  For more information about this position and the Department of Agricultural Economics contact Steve Turner (turner@agecon.msstate.edu, 662-325-2049) or visit the departmental website (link).  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with initial screening and interview arrangements to begin on October 15, 2014.

Mississippi State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.  

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MARKETMAKER IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR EXTENSION & SCHOOL TEACHERS

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MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural and seafood products in Mississippi, as well as in other member states, providing an important link between producers and consumers.

WHO: Groups of at least SIX extension faculty and staff, state regulatory agencies staff and school teachers
WHEN: To be arranged upon request 
TIME: Four, 30-minute sessions
WHERE: CREC or at a County Extension Office with WIFI
COST: FREE. If available, please bring your own laptop and smart phones.
WORKSHOP TOPICS: (Will be tailored to participants’ needs)

  1. Introduction to MarketMaker
  2. Create and Update Business Profile in MarketMaker

  3. Conduct Business Search in MarketMaker

  4. Conduct Market Research in MarketMaker

  5. Participate in MarketMaker Impact Assessment

INSERVICE CREDIT: 2 hours

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:

  1. You will leave our workshop with the ability to help producers and growers within your communities create business profiles that will showcase their products. 

  2. The same skills can be used to teach consumers about MarketMaker and how they can use it to locate goods and services they desire.

Read more about MarketMaker at http://coastal.msstate.edu/MMInserviceTraining.html

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Seafood processing created economic impacts exceeding 30 billion dollars in 2012

SalesImpactsSPSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.
The seafood processing sector primarily corresponds to seafood canning and fresh and frozen seafood processing in the North American Industrial Classification System.
Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualseafoodprocessingsales.html.

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U.S. seafood processing generated more than 200,000 jobs in 2012

The seafood processing sector primarily corresponds to seafood canning and fresh and frozen seafood processing in the North American Industrial Classification System. JobsImpactsSPSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.

Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualseafoodprocessing.html.

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Commercial fishing generated more than half a million jobs in 2012

JobsImpactsCFSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries (2014).  
Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualcommercialfishingjobs.html

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Commercial harvesting of fish and shellfish created total economic impacts exceeding $13 billion in 2012

SalesImpactsCFSUSASource of raw data: NOAA Fisheries (2014).
Read more at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualcommercialfishing.html

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Fish and seafood markets created total economic impacts exceeding $5.8 billion in 2012

SalesImpactsFMUSA

Source of raw data: NOAA Fisheries. 
Read more about economic impacts of Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico and United States fish and seafood markets at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualretailingsales.html.

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More than 90,000 workers are employed by the fish and seafood markets in 2012

JobsImpactsFMUSA
Source of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.

Read more about the employment impacts of the Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico and United States fish and seafood markets at http://gomos.msstate.edu/msannualretailing.html.

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DECLINING PER CAPITA OYSTER CONSUMPTION

The figure below shows that per capita oyster consumption of oyster products in the U.S. has considerably declined since the 1990s.

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Figure 1. Apparent U.S. per capita oyster consumption. Source of raw data: NOAA Fisheries.

Read more about consumer preferences of oyster products at http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/owmroysterpubs.html.

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EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME IMPACTS OF LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING IN MISSISSIPPI IN THE YEARS 2001-2014

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Figure 1. Direct employment impacts of the Mississippi lawn and garden equipment manufacturing. Source of raw data: EMSI (2013).

The annual trends in the number of workers directly employed in the Mississippi Lawn and Garden Tractor and Home Lawn and Garden Equipment Manufacturing industry are shown  in Figure 1. The number of jobs provided by the industry showed an upward trend since 2003 when it hit lowest at 583 jobs. The total number of workers and proprietors employed in the industry in 2014 reached 803 jobs which represent about 5.1 percent of the national total in the industry. The average state earnings in this industry in 2014 were $48,998 as compared to the national earnings averaging $46,414. As calculated by using EMSI (2014), the total employment and income impacts of this industry were 1,551 jobs and $65.88 million in the year 2012, respectively. 

 

Read more at http://coastal.msstate.edu/impactgreen.html

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ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI SEAFOOD INDUSTRY IN THE YEAR 2009 BY MAJOR SPECIES

The earliest estimates of the economic impacts of the Mississippi seafood industry were prepared by the author for the PEER Committee of the Mississippi Legislature in 1991. The total direct, indirect and induced output effects of the seafood industry in 1989 were $489 million. To produce these outputs of economic goods, a broad range of supporting infrastructure provided forward and backward linkages from inside and outside of the state of Mississippi. Among others, this support infrastructure included the commercial fishing fleet, commercial processing plants, fishing docks, ice plants, fuel docks, net and gear manufacturers and repair shops, boat and motor manufacturers and repair shops, marine electronics dealers and marine supply businesses. Subsequent estimates of the economic impact of the state’s seafood industry by major species and economic sectors were prepared in 1991, 1994, and 1997 for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and for the oyster and shrimp harvesting and processing sectors in 2007.

Source: Posadas, Benedict C. 2014. Economic Impacts of the Mississippi Seafood Industry in the Year 2009 by Major Species. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Bulletin 1209, Mississippi State, Mississippi.

Download this MAFES publication from — http://msucares.com/pubs/bulletins/b1209.pdf.

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MISSISSIPPI MARKETMAKER NEWSLETTER VOL. 4, ISSUE 12, JULY 1, 2014

MISSISSIPPI DAIRY FARMS  

Dr. Benedict Posadas and Katy Buchanan
Mississippi State University, Coastal Research and Extension Center
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Extension Program
Website: http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/MMNewsletter.html 

 

Long-term Employment Trends

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Dairy farms correspond to code 112120 or “Dairy Cattle and Milk Production” sector in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in milking dairy cattle. However, there are no time-series data on employment for this economic sector in the Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) database.  As a proxy, we use NAICS code 311511 or “Fluid Milk Manufacturing” sector. This U.S. industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in (1) manufacturing processed milk products, such as pasteurized milk or cream and sour cream and/or (2) manufacturing fluid milk dairy substitutes from soybeans and other nondairy substances. This dairy industry generated 371 jobs in 2014 with annual earnings averaging $44,794, about 63 percent of the national earnings of $70,925.

 

Where do you register your dairy business in Marketmaker?

If you or anyone you know wants to register in MarketMaker, please follow this link: http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/registration/register.
For assistance, go to: http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/MSMarketMaker.html.
There are 19 dairy farmsregistered or listed in Mississippi MarketMaker. 

 

Where are the dairy farms on Mississippi MarketMaker?

Brown Family Dairy
943 Hwy 334, Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Phones: 662-607-5090; 662-607-2090
MS MarketMaker Profile: http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/business/4037

Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn
2033 Joe Tucker Rd., McComb, Mississippi 39648
Phones:601-542-3471; 985-264-7962
MS MarketMaker Profile: http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/business/797788

Covenant Creek Farm
1399 County Road 961, Belmont, Mississippi 38827
Phone: 662-454-0584
Website: http://www.covenantcreekgoatmilksoap.com
MS MarketMaker Profile: http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/business/5307.

* To find a local dairy business, do a Business Search at the MS MarketMaker website using this link!  http://webapps.foodmarketmaker.com/marketmaker/#MS/food/productsearch/2226/28.
* Expand your search to the 19 other states on MarketMaker!
* There are 772 dairy farms that are registered or listed in the 20 MarketMaker websites nationwide.                                    

 

Where can you find MarketMaker? 

MarketMaker can be viewed at – http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com.
You can follow MarketMaker at Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MSMarketMaker.
You can also follow MarketMaker at Twitter – http://twitter.com/MS_MarketMaker 

The Mississippi MarketMaker program is funded in part through grants provided through Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Oil Disaster Recovery Program under NOAA Fisheries grant award number NA10NMF4770481.

 

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MICROFARMING GROWING FOR FARMERS CONFERENCE

Microfarming – Growing for Farmers’ Markets Conference

Eagle Ridge Conference Center, 1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond, MS

August 27-28, 2014

Small farm? Locally grown? Specialty crops? If you have ever thought about selling your produce at one of Mississippi’s farmers’ markets, this conference will give you the information you need to succeed. Learn everything from the best crops to grow and best way to market your produce to how to set up your booth at a farmers’ market.

Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, South Mississippi Farmers Market Association and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will help small-scale farmers understand the benefits and facts of selling at farmers’ markets.

Topics include fruit and vegetable variety selection, food safety, marketing and sales approaches, online presence and marketing strategies, starting a successful farmers’ market, urban farming for the local market, benefits of selling at farmers’ markets, and MDAC programs and opportunities.

The short course is free, but advance registration is required.
Attendees must mail, email, or fax reservations to confirm attendance at the workshop. There is no charge to attend. However, you MUST reserve a spot.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Rick Snyder at Rick.Snyder@msstate.edu or 601-892-3731.

Complete information is on the website: http://farmersmarkets.msstate.edu/conference.

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ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FOOD MANUFACTURING SECTOR

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Industries in Food Manufacturing transform livestock and agricultural products into products for intermediate or final consumption.
Read more at http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/impactsfoodmanufacturing.html.

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MISSISSIPPI MARKETMAKER NEWSLETTER, VOL. 4, ISSUE 11. MISSISSIPPI FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKETS

Fruit and vegetable markets in Mississippi 

Fruit and Vegetable Markets correspond to code 445230 in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Using Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) data, the fruit and vegetable market industry generated 239 jobs in 2014. The average annual earnings in 2014 are $18,924, about 64 percent of the national earnings of $29,797.

 

Why register your fruit and vegetable market in MarketMaker? 

The Mississippi MarketMaker website is visited over 75,000 times by more than 5,300 web users each month. By creating your business profile in MarketMaker, your business becomes visible to buyers and consumers who search online for local sources of food, seafood products, and tourism. You can create multiple business profiles for all your food businesses, e. g, farmer, tourism, and food retailer.

 

Where do you register your fruit and vegetable business in Marketmaker?

If you or anyone you know wants to register in MarketMaker, please follow this link:
http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/registration/register.
For assistance, go to: http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/MSMarketMaker.html.
There are 82 Fruit and Vegetable Markets and 79 Farmers Markets registered or listed in Mississippi MarketMaker. 

 

Where are the Fruit and Vegetable Markets on Mississippi MarketMaker?

Long Beach Farmer’s Market
126 Jeff Davis Ave., Long Beach, MS 39560
Phone: 228-234-8732
Website: www.realfoodgulfcoast.org
MS MarketMaker Profile:
http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/business/501832.
Eubanks Produce, Inc.
331 Produce Rd, Lucedale, Mississippi 39452
Phones: 601-947-9661; 888-219-9712
Website: www.eubanksproduce.com
MS MarketMaker Profile: http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/business/4141.
Vicksburg Farmers Market
Levee Street and Grove Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180
Phone: 601-634-9484
Website:www.vicksburgfarmersmarket.org
MS MarketMaker Profile:http://ms.foodmarketmakercom/business/420133.

* To find a local business like these, do a Business Search at the MS MarketMaker website using this link! http://webapps.foodmarketmaker.com/marketmaker/#MS/food/productsearch/22390/28.
* Expand your search to the 19 other states on MarketMaker!
* There are 6,306 Fruit and Vegetable Markets and 3,054 Farmers Markets that are registered or listed in the MarketMaker websites in 20 member states.

                                   

Where can you find MarketMaker?

MarketMaker can be viewed at – http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com.
You can follow MarketMaker at Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MSMarketMaker.
You can also follow MarketMaker at Twitter – http://twitter.com/MS_MarketMaker 

 

The Mississippi MarketMaker program is funded in part through grants provided through Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, Oil Disaster Recovery Program under NOAA Fisheries grant award number NA10NMF4770481.

The full and previous issues of the Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter are posted at http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/MMNewsletter.html and http://msucares.com/newsletters/marketmaker/index.html.

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ECONOMIC SECTORS TARGETED BY SEA GRANT PROGRAMS

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) commits to interdisciplinary environmental scholarship and community-based natural resources management so that coastal and marine resources are conserved and managed for a sustainable economy and environment. The tools available in support of the MASGC mission are applied interdisciplinary research, communication, education, extension and legal services using both targeted and cross-cutting approaches. The U.S. industries which were targeted by the research, education, extension and outreach efforts of the MASGC during the past decade were identified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). The NAICS economic sectors and their contributions to the economies of Mississippi and Alabama are posted at http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/msalsgpsectors.html.

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RESULTS OF THE SURVEY OF MISSISSIPPI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT SECTOR

There were three objectives that this survey aimed to achieve, namely to determine the major species of seafood products handled, to determine the sources of seafood products served, and to estimate the annual gross sales and direct employment generated by the seafood restaurant sector. These results will be used in estimating the economic impacts of the Mississippi seafood restaurant sector in terms of total output, income, employment and by major species.  Updated economic impact estimates by major species are needed by the state regulatory agencies in managing these specific commercial fisheries. The results of this survey serve as benchmark information about the restaurant sector in estimating how natural or technological disasters impact the industry. The changing perceptions about local seafood arising from these disasters also have serious effects on the economic sector.  A follow-up survey is strongly recommended to determine the economic changes in the restaurant sector arising from the recent oil spill which impacted the Gulf of Mexico region.

Read the summary of the survey results at http://www.coastal.msstate.edu/restaurantsurveyresults.html

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