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New staff announced New at MDAC

Hayes Patrick

Lisa Rippy

Commissioner Andy Gipson announced two new staff members of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC). Hayes Patrick was named director of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. In this position, Patrick will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as establishing the direction of the museum.

Patrick earned his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Mississippi College and his B.A. from Mississippi College in Christian Studies and Philosophy. He has experience in the education field as well as business management and development. Hayes resides in Puckett with his wife, Lindsey, and their five children.

Commissioner Gipson also named Lisa Rippy as the new manager of the Mississippi Farmers Market. She will be responsible for managing the operations of the farmers market as well as coordinating and assisting with additional market development programming.

Rippy earned her B.S. from Mississippi College in Elementary Education and has worked in education, ministry and business. She is the founder and CEO of a professional home improvements business, Interior Inspirations. Rippy resides in Madison with her husband, Randy.

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