Agriculture is Mississippi's number one industry. Mississippi is blessed with fertile soil and a temperate climate that creates an environment perfectly suited for large-scale agriculture.
A state rich in natural resources, Mississippi plays a key role in renewable energy production as the nation expands its energy portfolio. Mississippi farmers will have more opportunities in the future as Mississippi becomes a major producer of agriculture derived energy and fresh food.
The Mississippi Farmers Market, located on the State Fairgrounds is celebrating its seventh full year. It has also extended our assistance statewide through our Certified Farmers Market Program, an ongoing marketing initiative reaching more than 25 farmers markets across Mississippi.
Mississippi is the nation’s leader in aquaculture. Farm-raised catfish is the leading aquaculture commodity, accounting for half of the nation’s supply, followed by hybrid striped bass.
The most important livestock commodity produced in Mississippi is the broiler. Other important livestock products are aquaculture and cattle and calves.
Mississippi’s most valuable crops are cotton, soybeans, grain corn and rice. Among the states, Mississippi is a leading producer of sweet potatoes.