Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick recently joined Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson, Mississippi Senate Agriculture Chairman Billy Hudson and Mississippi House of Representatives Agriculture Chairman Bill Pigott in witnessing Governor Phil Bryant sign a proclamation declaring March 14, 2019, as Agriculture Day in Mississippi.

“It was an honor to be a part of the National Agriculture Day proclamation signing,” McCormick said. “Agriculture is vitally important to our state, and to honor the people who work and serve in this industry is extremely important. I’m looking forward to celebrating the day this Thursday.”

This designation of March 14 as Agriculture Day in Mississippi coincides with National Agriculture Day.

“I appreciate Governor Bryant recognizing the importance of agriculture to our state and encouraging our citizens to also recognize the value of agriculture,” Gipson said. “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.”

The Agriculture Council of America started National Agriculture Day  in 1973 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.