Explore undefined agriculture and learn what makes it unique.
Agriculture remains as one of the top industries in Mississippi, contributing $6.2 billion dollars to the economy annually according to the latest Census of Agriculture. The state is made up of several regions with varied landscapes, each with their own unique characteristics that allow farmers to produce a similarly varied array of crops. The high-yielding Delta region in particular, made up of rich-alluvial soil deposits, has been known as one of the highest producing regions in the world for Cotton and other cash crops. Farmland accounts for 35% of Mississippi’s total land area with 34,988 farms spread across more than 10.4 million acres.
In the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, we saw that Mississippi produced and sold a total of $6.2 billion worth of agricultural products, of which, Livestock, Poultry and their products accounted for 63%, while field, nursery, and greenhouse crops made up 37% of sales. In 2018, Mississippi was the number 4 exporter of Cotton and number 5 exporter of Broilers in the United States.
The top 5 counties in terms of agricultural sales in Mississippi were Leake County, Scott County, Covington County, Neshoba County, and Wayne County. These counties make up 22% of total agricultural revenue in the state.