Several Jones County officials received an education Thursday on the importance of agriculture to the State of Mississippi.
The officials traveled by bus to several farms throughout the county to get a general overview of a day on a farm. Their first was at Mathew Campbell's poultry farm where they learned poultry farming is the number one agricultural industry in the state. Next they visited Jason and Joe Ellzey's farm where they experienced blueberry farming first hand. At the final stop of the morning they were shown how important honey bees are to the industry.
The biggest takeaway of the tour was how important farming is to the economy in the state.
"The third world countries are starting to make more and more money. When they are making more money, they spend more on food," said Jon Kilgore, Mississippi farm Bureau. "We in Jones County and Mississippi are in a prime spot to provide that food for them. There is a future in agriculture and it is a very high tech industry and we're proud of what farmers here in the state are doing."
The tour also included a presentation by two Jones County Junior College professors on the economic impact farming has on the state.
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