Agricultural Economic Development
- 266,392 jobs in the state
- 15.3 percent of the state’s wages and salaries
- 18.6 percent of all industry sales
- 17.5 percent of value-added
- $3.73 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue contributions
- 10.9 million total acres are in production
- 133,306 acres is the average county number of acres in production
- 345 acres is the average farm size of operation
- 497 farms offer agritourism and recreational activity
- $3.10 million in gross revenue from agritourism and recreational activity
- $77,600 is the average county gross revenue from agritourism and recreational activity
- 349 farms sell direct-to-retail or direct-to-institution
- 1,206 farms sell direct-to-consumer
- $4.02 million in total direct-to-consumer sales
- 94 farmers markets exist across the state (Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, 2017)
- Total farm acreage: Bolivar, Sunflower, Yazoo, Washington, Tallahatchie, Leflore, Panola, Coahoma, Hinds, and Holmes (Figure 1)
- Average farm size: Tunica, Issaquena, Sharkey, Washington, Sunflower, Leflore, Coahoma, Bolivar, Humphreys, and Tallahatchie (Figure 2)
- Agritourism and recreational activity: Tunica, Sharkey, Leflore, Coahoma, Quitman, Kemper, Calhoun, De Soto, Franklin, and Benton (Figure 3)
- Direct-to-consumer sales: Chickasaw, Greene, Scott, Simpson, George, Tate, Panola, Harrison, Hinds, and Covington (Figure 4)
- Number of farmers markets: Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Forrest, Calhoun, Madison, Neshoba, Alcorn, Washington, and Chickasaw (Figure 5)
The Top 10 Figures
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a workshop designed to help food-related business owners prepare for disasters.
“Food as a Business: Disaster Preparedness for Food Businesses” is for anyone who currently operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business, including retail, cottage food or food processing operations.
Topics include financial preparedness, risk management, record keeping, crisis communication planning, emergency-action planning and food recall and traceability planning.
Mississippi producers can learn how to serve the farm-to-school market at an Alliance of Sustainable Farms event Oct 19.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The value and healthfulness of farm-fresh foods will be on display May 22 for a group of 15 adults who attend a Mississippi State University Extension Service daylong tour.
CARRIERE, Miss. -- The Small Farm Training Center will host the Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day on Jan. 19 in Hancock County.
Farm operators Terry and Elicia Sheldon, along with student apprentices who live and work at the center, will show attendees their techniques for growing organic produce.