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Governor signs proclamation declaring Ag Day in Mississippi

By: Sarah Ulmer - March 22, 2023

Pictured L-R: Sy Sullivan, FFA Representative; Jon Tyler Wells, FFA Representative; Commissioner Andy Gipson; Chuck Younger, Senate Ag Chairman; Carla Taylor, Member of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Board of Directors, District 1, and Owner of Taylor Jersey Farm in Booneville; Neil Whaley, Mississippi Senator and Member of Agriculture Committee; Governor Tate Reeves; Landon Beason; Shelby Beason, Owner of Beason Family Farms in Philadelphia; Marlo Beason, Owner of Beason Family Farms in Philadelphia; Grant Goree, FFA Representative; Ayden Wolken, FFA Representative; Clint Ladner, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Dairy Commodity Coordinator; and Andy Berry, Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association.

Mississippi joins the nation to recognize March 21 as Agriculture Day in the state.

On Monday, the celebration of agriculture in Mississippi featured two milking cows out front of the State Capitol as Governor Tate Reeves signed a proclamation declaring Ag Day in the state.

“We celebrate National Ag Day and Ag Day in Mississippi today to shine a light on the truth that all of our food comes from the farm,” said Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson. “It’s important that we support our local farmers. We have fewer farmers today than ever before, but agriculture remains strong and is Mississippi’s largest industry. Every meal that we enjoy began on a farm.”

Pictured L-R: Morgan Harris, WLBT Reporter; Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson; and Kayla Thompson, WJTV Reporter.

A milking competition took place featuring local television news reporters Kayla Thompson with WJTV and Morgan Harris with WLBT. Kayla Thompson won the round after milking a total of 1.5 cups of milk from Sophia the cow.

The second contest featured Commissioner Gipson and his wife, Mississippi’s First Lady of Agriculture Leslie Gipson. Leslie was the overall winner with a total of 3.5 cups from Sophia the cow.

“I must confess, I’m not surprised that Leslie beat me fair and square in the milking contest!” said Commissioner Gipson.

The dairy cows are owned by Beason Family Farms of Philadelphia, who also provided complimentary chocolate milk to guests.

Pictured L-R: Leslie Gipson, Commissioner Andy Gipson

“Mississippi farmers are the backbone of our state’s economy. They’re the reason why the agriculture industry contributed over $9 billion to Mississippi’s economy in 2022. Our state is a global leader in the agriculture industry, and I was proud to proclaim today as Agriculture Day in Mississippi. If you see a farmer, thank them for feeding Mississippi and America,” said Governor Reeves.

National Ag Day was started in 1973 by the Agriculture Council of America as an effort to encourage every American to understand how food and fiber products are produced, to appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, to value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and to acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

To learn more about National Agriculture Day, visit

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: