Mississippi Agricultural Businesses
Agricultural businesses have unique considerations related to their locations, neighbors, land, farming practices, scale, and economies. Whether it’s navigating the complexities of federal legislation or learning how to harness the power of the online marketplace, business owners of all types can rely on the MSU Extension Service to provide reliable, science-based information to help them make sound decisions.
Employment and wage data compiled by EMSI show that the Mississippi agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry directly employs more than 55,000 workers and pays an average $29,000 annual wages per employee. The jobs and income data do not include the indirect impacts in related industries and induced impacts among househlds which are linked to this industry.
The MSU Extension Service maintains a free online marketing program for food and seafood producers to promote their products and services. MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural and seafood products in Mississippi, as well as in other member states, providing an important link between producers and consumers. Consumers use MarketMaker to locate suppliers selling just what they need. Register your food and seafood business at the Mississippi MarketMaker website - http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com.
GREENWOOD, Miss. -- Farmers can learn a variety of useful information about tomatoes and cucumbers during a May 19 Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production field day.
Hosted at Levee Run Farm in Greenwood, the event will cover composting and trellising these crops, as well as ways to control insects and disease. Attendees also will learn about the family farm’s vegetables, flowers, fruit trees, high tunnels and pastured poultry.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Jamie Earp operates a successful sweet potato farm in Chickasaw County, but he chose to work with a graphic design class at Mississippi State University to develop a new brand image.
Fifteen graphic art students in Suzanne Powney’s advanced print production class got to work with an actual client as they learned their craft. They completed the service-learning project with Earp.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi food businesses will soon have access to customers all over the world through the expansion of MarketMaker, a database of searchable food industry-related information.
Through a new license with MarketMaker, not-for-profit company Riverside Research has exclusive rights to the database.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Landowners who want to earn extra income are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises workshop on Feb. 4 in Rolling Fork.
Hosted by Mississippi State University, the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn different ways to make more money from their land. Topics include recreational businesses, marketing, cost-share programs, liability reduction and wildlife management.
Belzoni -- Landowners who want to branch out and earn extra income can attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop Aug. 15.
Hosted by Mississippi State University, the workshop offers attendees the opportunity to learn different ways to make more money from their land. Topics include recreational businesses, managing wildlife such as waterfowl and wild hogs, marketing, cost-share programs and reducing liability.