Healthy, local, and sustainable agriculture systems cannot thrive unless they are supported by public policies that reflect our priorities at the local, state, and federal governments.

If you value sustainable agriculture, we urge you to let your representatives know!

Not sure who represents you?  Follow the below links to find out!

Who represents me in the U.S. Congress?

Who represents me in the Mississippi State Legislature?


State Policy:

Click the links for the names and contact information of:

Mississippi House of Representatives


MS Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Cindy Hyde-Smith Commissioner 601-359-1100
Julie McLemore
Bureau Director of Regulatory Services 601-359-1111
Richard A. Benton
Head Meat Inspector 601-359-1191
Adam Choate Director, Consumer Protections 601-359-1148
Paige Manning Director, Marketing & Public Relations 601-359-1163
John Campbell Deputy Commissioner (601) 354-6573
             MS Department of Environmental Quality
Gary Rikard Executive Director 601-961-5000




The Mississippi Food Policy Council

The Mississippi Food Policy Council provides the arena for open discussion of agricultural policies and issues that affect the state. It aims to help shape food policy in the state with the interests and concerns of Mississippi farmers, distributors, and eaters in mind. Click here to learn more about the MFPC

Check out “An Overview of the Mississippi Food & Farm Economy“, a state-wide local food system assessment conducted in 2014.

Interested in beginning your own local or regional food policy council?  Contact the Mississippi Food Policy Council or MSAN at for more guidance, and explore the resources below.

–  Doing Food Policy Councils Right, By Mark Winne

–  Food Policy Councils, via the American Planning Association


Annual Farmer Drive-In at the Mississippi State Capitol

The purpose of the drive-in is to give farmers from across the state the opportunity to discuss their needs as well as the needs of other farmers in their county with their legislators. Through connecting farmers directly with their district Senators and Representatives, it is our hope that relationships are built that will help us collectively grow the local food system in Mississippi for years to come.

To check out the 2017 Farmer Drive-In event page, click here. To view photos from the 2017 Farmer Drive-In, click here. 

View the flyer for the 2016 Farmer Drive-In here. To view photos from the 2016 Farmer Drive-In, click here. 


Are you a farmer interested in participating in future Farmer Drive-Ins? Contact MSAN at


Federal policy:

U.S. Senators Contact Agricultural Aide
Thad Cochran 202-224-5054 Daniel Ulmer
Roger Wicker 202-224-6253 Caroline Castigliola
District U.S. Rep. Contact Agricultural Aide
1st Trent Kelly 202-225-4306 Tara Gaddis
2nd Bennie Thompson 202-225-5876 Corey Horton
3rd Gregg Harper 202-225-5031 Jimmy Stringer
4th Steve Palazzo 202-225-5772 Laura Lee Burkett

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition works to connect and support grassroots organizations and advocates for sustainable agriculture throughout the country. Click here to learn more about the NSAC.