Ag In The Park
The impact of Mississippi’s agriculture industry, evidenced by its signature flavors, reaches as far as the Big Apple and Washington, D.C. New Yorkers experience this firsthand at the annual Mississippi Picnic, held each year in Central Park by the New York Mississippi Society. Hungry guests are treated to authentic Mississippi cuisine, including farm-raised catfish, sweet tea and pecan pie. Residents of the nation’s capital get a taste of the South, too, at the Mississippi on the Mall picnic, where some of the same traditional fare is served. 2014 marked the 24th year for the event, which also features live music. Even when they’re thousands of miles away, Mississippians are the perfect example of true Southern hospitality.
Fields Of Gold
Along with cotton and soybeans, corn is a key row crop in the Hospitality State, taking the No. 4 spot in the state’s top 10 commodities. In 2013, total corn production was valued at $631 million from 860,000 acres planted. Corn yields averaged 180 bushels per acre, a record level for the state. The crop is grown both for grain and silage, and Mississippi ranks No. 17 in the nation in production of corn for grain. Washington County was the top producing county in the state in 2013.
There’s An App For That
Want to learn more about all Mississippi agriculture has to offer? There’s an app for that. A couple of apps, actually. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) developed several smartphone apps for consumers. The list includes a Mississippi Farmers Market app, a Mississippi agritourism app, one for the Mississippi State Fair, and another for the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo. The farmers market app allows consumers to locate markets throughout the state and provides turn-by-turn directions. It also provides notifications about market news, locates restaurants using local produce and more. State fair app users can check updated information on concerts and events, view the fair schedule and fun guide, and receive help locating their cars after the festivities. Learn more about all four apps available through MDAC at mdac.ms.gov/online-services-mobile-apps.
In 2013, Mississippi growers produced 385,000 acres of winter wheat. How does that translate to your pantry?