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MS State Fair and Livestock Show!

August 11, 2021

Mark your calendars for the 2021 MISSISSIPPI STATE FAIR LIVESTOCK SHOW SCHEDULE! Thursday, October 7, 2021 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.​Stall and pen assignments for early arriving lambs, steers, and breeding cattle (All stall and pen assignments to be made by show management) 1:00 p.m.​Scales open for weighing market lambs, wether dams, market hair sheep, market…

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Mississippi Farmers Market

July 2, 2021

Had a great time promoting fresh #genuinems produce at our farmers markets on Supertalk with Rebecca Turner! Y’all support our local farmers and shop at your local Farmers Market. The Mississippi Farmers Market will be bustling on Saturday from 8 to 1. To find your local market visit https://www.mdac.ms.gov/…/farmers…/markets-mississippi/  

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Important Update for MS Livestock Producers

June 28, 2021

Important Update for Mississippi Livestock Producers: Ryegrass and Fall Forage Seed Supplies Expected to be Tight Due to Logistic Challenges The past year has brought about several record-breaking shortages and delays for consumers. We’ve seen worker shortages in our meat packing plants and restaurants, delays within our petroleum industry and now it appears we will…

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MS Flooding

June 17, 2021

Farmers and communities throughout north Mississippi especially in the north Delta are experiencing an unprecedented flash flood disaster. These photos were published by Delta Council last week, and even more farms were flooded after these were taken. I’ve requested relief by Gov. Reeves and USDA but in the meantime MEMA is conducting damage assessments. If…

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Ag Commissioner Gipson Elected President of the Southern U.S. Trade Association

June 7, 2021

Honored to be serving in this new role to further promote Mississippi’s greatest industry! Ag Commissioner Gipson Elected President of the Southern U.S. Trade Association JACKSON, Miss. – Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was elected to serve as President of the Southern U.S. Trade Association. SUSTA works cooperatively with the United States Department…

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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 genuinems.com.  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.