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The State Fair is here!

October 7, 2022

SCHEDULE OF STATE FAIR EVENTS, Friday October 7, Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th! Commissioner Gipson invites everyone to attend the 163rd Mississippi State Fair and announces the schedule of Mississippi State Fair events taking place today, Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, 2022. All events take place on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.…

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Fake Meat is not “all that”.

August 4, 2022

American consumers are catching on that Fake Meat is not all it’s cracked up to be. As an ultraprocessed food product filled with layers of chemicals, we shouldn’t be surprised. I’m sticking with eating real meat and supporting our hardworking farmers who raise our REAL Beef, Poultry Catfish and Pork, and I encourage you to…

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2022 Wild Hog Control Program Application Period

July 29, 2022

Press Release Announcing the August 2022 Wild Hog Control Program Application Period! And I’ll be making a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT next Friday at the Mississippi Ag and Outdoor Expo about the next steps to take our program to the next level statewide. Today, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced that the Mississippi Department of…

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Blessed Day…

June 24, 2022

Mark this day down: By God’s grace, Mississippi’s pro-life law literally changed history! “Held: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” United States Supreme Court, June 24, 2022.  

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Second Amendment

June 23, 2022

I commend the United States Supreme Court for striking down New York’s unconstitutionally restrictive concealed carry laws. Law abiding Mississippians, and all law abiding Americans have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms for the protection of ourselves and our families. That’s why we have the Second Amendment, and why we passed House Bill…

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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.