Mississippi has unique regions of soil and climate. The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station's 16 branch locations serve all regions of the state. Research addresses issues important and relevant to Mississippi farmers, industry, communities and families. MAFES discoveries improve plant, animal, and food production systems to enhance commodity production and conserve the environment for the benefit of all people.
Points of Pride
Agricultural Science Research
Each year, 160 MAFES scientists work on more than 585 projects. This effort has led Mississippi State University to rank number six nationally for agricultural research funding. This funding comes from a variety of sources, including taxpayers, producers, industry and consumers.
The Truck Crops Experiment Station in Crystal Springs is the 2005 All-America Selections Display Garden Exemplary Education Category II award winner. The station has been an All-America trial and display garden since 1990.
MAFES is leading the University's efforts in biofuel production through the Sustainable Energy Center. We are working on fuels derived from soybeans, corn, wood chips, grasses, sewage, and experimental crops.
About 80 percent of the university's patent income is from turfgrass patented by MAFES. The Rose Bowl field, the Arizona Diamondbacks field, and several prestigious golf courses are covered with our turf.
MAFES scientists are leading the new effort in genomics at Mississippi State. At this point, Mississippi State University is at the cutting edge in this field.
Channel catfish production, with its associated service industries, contributes more than $200 million to Mississippi's economy each year. Its value is expected to increase as per capita consumption of fish continues to grow. MAFES scientists work to make this industry more efficient with the highest quality results.
The value of Mississippi farm production in 2011 was an estimated $7.02 billion. The farm and forestry sector accounts for 29% of the state's employment opportunities.