JACKSON, Miss. – Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was joined by
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick, Mississippi Senate Agriculture
Chairman Billy Hudson and Mississippi House of Representatives Agriculture Chairman Bill Pigott as
Governor Phil Bryant signed a proclamation declaring March 14, 2019, as Agriculture Day in the State of
“I appreciate Governor Bryant recognizing the importance of agriculture to our state and encouraging our
citizens to also recognize the value of agriculture,” said Commissioner Gipson. “Agriculture is the largest
industry in Mississippi, contributing nearly $8 billion to the economy annually in farm-gate value of the
commodities produced on our 35,200 farms. Farmers and ranchers face many uncertainties and challenges
as they work long, hard hours to supply the world with an abundant, safe and affordable food supply.”
This designation of March 14 as Agriculture Day in Mississippi coincides with National Agriculture Day.
National Ag Day was started in 1973 by the Agriculture Council of America as an effort to encourage
every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, to appreciate the role
agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, to value the essential role of
agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and to acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the
agriculture, food and fiber industry.
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