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Mississippi Agriculture Overview

Agriculture is Mississippi’s number one industry, employing approximately 29% of the state’s workforce either directly or indirectly. Agriculture in Mississippi is a 7.4 billion-dollar industry. There are approximately 42,300 farms in the state covering 11.2 million acres. The average size farm is composed of 264 acres. Agriculture makes a significant contribution to all 82 counties. In celebration of the efforts of those who work so hard to feed and clothe us, we present this overview of Mississippi’s top ten agricultural crops.

1

 

POULTRY / EGGS - $2.71 BILLION

 

» Approximately 736 million broilers were produced in 2013.
» 1,478 Farms.
» 1,392 million eggs produced in 2013.

 

2

 

FORESTRY - $1.17 BILLION

 

» 19,700,000 acres.
» 125,000 forest landowners.

 

3

 

SOYBEANS - $993 MILLION

 

» 85,140,000 bushels in 2013.
» 2,695 Farms.

 

4

 

CORN - $631 MILLION

 

» 146,700,000 bushels produced in 2013.
» 2,113 Farms.

 

5

 

COTTON - $331 MILLION

 

» 730,000 bales produced in 2013.
» 760 Farms.

 

6

 

CATTLE/CALVES - $289 MILLION

 

» 910,000 head in 2013.
» 17,752 Farms.

 

7

 

CATFISH - $178 MILLION

 

» 125 operations.
» 48,600 acres of production in 2013.

 

8

 

HAY - $157 MILLION

 

» 720,000 acres harvested.
» 2.16 million tons produced.

 

9

 

HOGS - $144 MILLION

 

» 415,000 hogs and pigs.
» 439 Farms.

 

10

 

RICE - $141 MILLION

 

» 9,675,000 hundredweight rice produced in 2013.
» 341 Farms.

 

11

 

WHEAT - $126 MILLION

 

» 22.3 million bushels produced in 2013.
» 1,006 Farms.

 

12

 

HORTICULTURE CROPS - $115 MILLION

 

Horticulture crops include vegetables, melons, potatoes, fruits, tree nuts, berries, nursery, greenhouses, floriculture, sod, and Christmas trees.

 

13

 

SWEET POTATOES - $69 MILLION

 

» 20,000 acres harvested.
» 3.64 million hundredweight produced.

 

14

 

MILK - $40 MILLION

 

» 100 Grade A Dairy Herds.
» 13,000 milk cows in 2013.

 

15

 

  PEANUTS - $23 MILLION

 

» 33,000 acres harvested.
» 105.6 million pounds produced.

 

Mississippi Value of Production Estimates, December 2013.

Source:

Mississippi State University, Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine;
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation