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Mississippi Ag Museum continues recovery from 2014 fire

A new exhibit barn has opened at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, years after a fire damaged some buildings.

The state agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, opened the barn and a maintenance shop Friday at the museum in Jackson.

The barn has more than 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of heavy timber construction exhibit space. Ten antique tractors and 15 pieces of historical farm equipment are on display.

The maintenance shop has three bays and space for woodworking restoration, automotive repair and restoration, and landscaping needs.

Fire swept through the museum in November 2014. An agriculture department news release says the $1.3 million rebuilding project is being paid through insurance claim funds.

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