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Exploring the future of Mississippi agriculture

MBJ Editorial

The Mississippi Agriculture Economic Summit in Jackson April 21-22 will provide plenty of opportunities to explore the future of one of the state’s most important industries.

Agriculture’s role in growing the Mississippi economy will be the central focus of the conference featuring industry, university and government leaders discussing the important contributions that farming, ranching, forestry and research play in community development.

“Since nearly 90% of the natural resources in the state are devoted to agricultural, forestry and fish production, we think a new vision and a plan will be extremely beneficial to the state’s economy,” said Dr. Rodney Foil, vice president of Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. “We want this conference to show the economic and social potential Mississippi has to help people in the state through further development of the ag sector.”

Worth about $4.9 billion last year, Mississippi agriculture is the solid foundation upon which the state’s economy is built. Nurturing the future of agriculture as we enter a new century is critical to the continued economic success and development the state has experienced this past decade. With community involvement and commitment through such activities as the Agriculture Economic Summit, Mississippi should retain its leadership role in this critical economic arena.

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