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Keath Killebrew Memorial Rodeo and Mississippi Agriculture and Outdoor Expo

July 13, 2023

Ag Commissioner Gipson Announces Details for Major IPRA Rodeo and Mississippi Ag & Outdoor Expo to Be Held at the Mississippi Fairgrounds JACKSON, Miss. – Today, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson held a press conference announcing details for the Keath Killebrew Memorial Rodeo, the largest International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) rodeo in the…

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MDAC Launches New Online Resource for Mississippi Timber Industry

June 5, 2023

Press Release: MDAC Launches New Online Resource for Mississippi Timber Industry Today, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced that the Mississippi Department of Agriculture of Commerce (MDAC) is launching a website dedicated to marketing Mississippi’s abundant timber and forest products. The site is now live and can be accessed at “Some time…

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From the Netherlands to Meridian!

April 24, 2023

One of our last visits in the Netherlands was to the famous Kuekenhof Tulip Gardens where hundreds of millions of tulip bulbs are produced each year. Did you know that our own Mississippi has a major connection to this region and its tulips? Since 1919, Van Zyverden, our own Mississippi company locally based in Meridian…

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Representing Mississippi in the Netherlands

April 17, 2023

Proud to be with USDA representing the great State of Mississippi on this first ever Agricultural Trade Mission to the Netherlands, gateway to Europe. Looking for positive developments for our forest products, grain, beef, poultry, sweet potatoes and more.

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April 11, 2023

Appreciate my friend Shelby Bearden and the Tri State Rodeo! Shelby came by last week and we are already planning the rodeo at the Mississippi State Fair set for October. Last year the Mississippi State Fair Tri State Rodeo was selected as rodeo of the year, and we want to do it again, even bigger…

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"Agriculture is Mississippi’s number one industry.  As your Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, my mission is to continue sowing the seeds of opportunity in the areas of workforce development, expansion of trade opportunities, and investment here locally in Mississippi’s agricultural industry.  I am working hard every day to grow Mississippi’s agricultural economy, at the same time as investing valuable time and resources in developing the next generation of Mississippi’s future agricultural leaders.  Working together, we will make sure the future of Mississippi agriculture will remain strong."

Commissioner Andy Gipson


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"There is no greater investment we can make than investing in our young people,
the next generation of Mississippi’s Ag leaders."

Commissioner Andy Gipson


Supporting Our Local Farmers

Commissioner Gipson spent his first six months in office visiting with farmers throughout Mississippi and is implementing a farmer-based agenda to open more opportunities for Mississippi’s producers, large and small. Under Commissioner Gipson’s leadership, in 2018 the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce launched a new branding and promotional campaign, “Genuine MS.”  The entire program is farmer-focused, locally based and geared toward promoting Mississippi’s agricultural products grown, raised, crafted and made here in the Magnolia State.  You can check it out at  While connecting local consumers to local producers, this program is building a database for the expansion of trade of Mississippi’s products around the world. 

Investing in Our Next Generation

Commissioner Gipson believes that the greatest investment we can make is in our young people, the next generation of leaders in Mississippi’s agricultural industry.  That’s why in 2018, Commissioner Gipson launched the Genuine MS Workforce Development Internship Program through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.  By connecting Mississippi students with their agriculture-related interests, your Department of Agriculture and Commerce is providing real world experience with the goal that our young people stay and succeed in Mississippi.  Students interested in finding a career in Mississippi agriculture can go to the MS Dept. of Agriculture/Employment Opportunities and click on the Workforce Development Internship Program to complete the form.

Expanding Trade and Investment Opportunities

Commissioner Gipson has worked tirelessly to expand trade and investment opportunities in support of Mississippi’s farmers, ranchers and landowners. Under his leadership, Mississippi’s agricultural exports are growing in new and expanded markets, including strengthening Mississippi’s relationship with growing democracies around the world. From poultry and timber, to cotton, soybeans and corn, Mississippi is well-positioned to capitalize on expanded exports. In addition, Commissioner Gipson has made timber market development a key component of his administration. As a result, your Department of Agriculture and Commerce has a dedicated staff focusing on timber market and other investments in Mississippi.