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:


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
Andy Prosser Deputy Commissioner 601-359-1158


             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.

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


Federal policy:

U.S. Senators Contact Agricultural Aide
Thad Cochran 202-224-5054 Daniel Ulner
Roger Wicker 202-224-6253 Kern Hauff
District U.S. Rep. Contact Agricultural Aide
1st Alan Nunnelee 202-225-4306 Tara Morgan
2nd Bennie Thompson 202-225-5876 Corey Horton
3rd Gregg Harper 202-225-5031 Ty Mabry
4th Steve Palazzo 202-225-5772 Jill Duckworth

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.