A Mississippi State University Extension associate will be supporting landowners and fisheries resources throughout Mississippi.

Bill Maily began his new duties as an Extension associate in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture on Aug. 1 and will work from the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond. Before joining the department, Maily was an area Extension agent in the Hinds County Extension Office.

“Bill will work with landowners to address their farm pond management needs,” said Bruce Leopold, head of wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. “We are excited to have him providing this support to the central part of the state.”

A native of Ellisville, Miss., Maily received his bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in agricultural education, both from Mississippi State.

Mississippi has more than 130,000 farm ponds totaling 230,000 acres and ranging in size from 0.5 to 5 acres. There are an additional 150,000 acres of ponds ranging from 5 to 40 acres.