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Mississippi Agriculture

Mississippi Agriculture

Mississippi’s hardworking farm families live up to the state’s nickname by feeding the world. Whether impacting the state’s economy by raising its top commodity – broilers – or working with local schools to incorporate fresh produce into students’ lunches, the Hospitality State’s farmers are providing food for families not only in Mississippi, but across the nation and the globe.

Mississippi agriculture, representing $7.4 billion, is the top industry in the state, directly and indirectly employing approximately 29 percent of the workforce. More than 38,000 farms cover approximately 11 million acres of farmland, plus Mississippi boasts 19.7 million acres of forestland, 14,000 miles of streams, and 640,000 acres of ponds and lakes.

From poultry and beef to sweet potatoes, peanuts and grain sorghum, Mississippi farmers grow and raise a variety of commodities. The state’s producers are committed to more than just crops. They are focused on growing safe and affordable foods. Understanding the importance of environmental care through soil conservation, irrigation practices and more, while raising the state’s food in the most sustainable way possible, helps them accomplish this goal.

An Eye on Energy Efficiency

Mississippi farmers focus on energy efficiency in their operations.

Sweet Potato Sweets

Vardaman women create delectable treats from the town's most famous crop.

Mississippi Agriculture by the Numbers



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Economic Impact


Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

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Mississippi’s Top 10 Agricultural Commodities [Infographic]

See an interesting infographic showing the top 10 agricultural commodities in Mississippi.

Mississippi’s Top 10 Agricultural Commodities

Mississippi’s top commodities, based on cash receipts.

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Mississippi agritourism spots encourage visitors to connect with agriculture.

Agricultural Aviation Helps Farmers Increase Production

Crop dusting techniques help Mississippi farmers with efficiency and crop production.

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Strong demand brings a surge in Mississippi peanut production.

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