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Mississippi Agriculture

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

Farms

38,076

Farmers Markets

82

Economic Impact

$6.4B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

Recent Articles

From Field to Fork

Mississippi chefs use fresh, local food to create unforgettable flavors.

Branching Out Into Wood Pellets

Mississippi tree farmers find new revenue outlets in wood pellet manufacturers.

Other Articles

Mississippi Veggie Sales

Eubanks Produce continues 100-year family tradition of farming Mississippi vegetables.

Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau Protects Producers

Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau investigates crime and loss of property for state producers.

Peanuts Aplenty in Mississippi

Strong demand brings a surge in Mississippi peanut production.

Vardaman’s Sweet Potato Tradition

Mississippi's Calhoun County specialty crop of sweet potatoes contributes to the agriculture economy.

Corn and Soybeans Go Beyond Food and Fiber

Mississippi corn and soybeans are found in more products than you might think.

Make Mine Mississippi

Program promotes link between local Mississippi producers and consumers.

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