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COVID-19

Message from Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson

Your Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce will continue working for you during these concerning times as we all together face the novel coronavirus threat. Our work is essential to public health and safety, agriculture, commerce and economic stability in Mississippi. We continue to make sure meat is produced according to healthy standards, that the seeds you plant will grow and mature, that the fuel you buy meets state standards, and that the scales you use are honest and cheat neither buyer or seller. Public health and the health of our employees are a top priority, and we have made adjustments to our offices and staff hours during the emergency declared by Governor Tate Reeves. But we will continue to serve you, and we plan to return to normal operations as soon as advisable by the Governor and the Mississippi Department of Health. In the meantime, I encourage you to take care of yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors. Do not live in a spirit of fear, but be strong and courageous. My prayers, and the prayers of my family, are with all of you.

 


Updates on COVID-19 Response from Commissioner Gipson

  • Message from Commissioner Gipson introducing the Mississippi Farm Marketplace
  • On April 7, 2020, Commissioner Andy Gipson sent a letter to interested parties communicating his intent to extend the Petroleum Products Inspection Division emergency temporary rule regarding fuel blend standards until May 20, 2020 to avoid supply disruption for Mississippi and other states impacted by COVID-19 – April 21, 2020 (PDF)
  • Letter from Commissioner Gipson to grocery store managers asking not limit the amount of milk that shoppers can purchase – April 8, 2020 (PDF)
  • Message from the Commissioner Encouraging Public to Read the Mississippi Market Bulletin – April 6, 2020 (YouTube)
  • Guidance from Commissioner Andy Gipson for the Agriculture and Commerce Sector and Workers in Mississippi on Activity and Travel During “Shelter in Place” – April 2, 2020 (PDF)
  • Letter from Commissioner Gipson to the agriculture and commerce sector and workers in Mississippi regarding activity and travel during “Shelter in Place” – April 2, 2020 (PDF)
  • Message from Commissioner Gipson Encouraging Home Gardening – April 1, 2020 (YouTube)
  • Message from Commissioner Gipson Encouraging the Public to Buy Direct from Farmers – March 26, 2020 (YouTube)
  • Update from Commissioner Gipson on the MDAC Response to COVID-19 – March 23, 2020 (YouTube)
  • Message from Commissioner Gipson on the MDAC Response to COVID-19 – March 19, 2020 (YouTube)

MDAC Press Releases Concerning COVID-19

  • May 7, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Announces Steps to Strengthen State’s Food Supply Chain and Introduces the Mississippi Farm Marketplace
  • April 27, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Gipson Partners with U.S. Representative Trent Kelly in FARM Corps
  • April 9, 2020 – Commissioner Gipson Urges Grocery Retailers to Discontinue Limiting Milk Purchases
  • April 6, 2020 – Commissioner Gipson Encourages Public to Utilize the Mississippi Market Bulletin
  • April 3, 2020 – Mississippi Farmers Market Open Saturday with Modified Set-Up
  • April 2, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Provides Guidance on Essential Ag-Related Businesses to Industry
  • April 1, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Encourages Home Gardening
  • March 27, 2020 – Mississippi Farmers Market Remains Open Saturdays
  • March 26, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Encourages the Public to Buy Direct from Farmers
  • March 24, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Gipson Recognizes National Ag Day and Announces Second Wild Hog Challenge
  • March 20, 2020 – MDAC Releases New Guidance Regarding Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licenses in Light of COVID-19
  • March 19, 2020 – Ag Commissioner Gipson Provides Update on MDAC Functions

MDAC Response & Resources

  • MDAC Petroleum Products Inspection Division filed emergency temporary rule to extend the current fuel blend standards until May 20, 2020 to avoid supply disruption for Mississippi and other states impacted by COVID-19 (PDF)
  • MDAC Weights and Measures Inspection Division filed an emergency temporary rule to extend the inspection and testing schedule of weights and measures due between March 13,2020 and June 30, 2020 from a twelve month period to a twenty-four month period.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Administrative Order – In person proceedings, April 10, 2020 (PDF)
  • Info Sheet: Considerations for Mississippi Farmers Markets Related to COVID-19
  • Info Sheet: Tips for Starting a Home Garden
  • Information Sheet: MDAC Releases New Guidance Regarding Pesticide Applicator Certification and Licenses in Light of COVID-19 (PDF)
  • MDAC Petroleum Products Inspection Division filed emergency temporary rule to extend the current fuel blend standards until April 30, 2020 to avoid supply disruption for Mississippi and other states impacted by COVID-19 (PDF)
  • MDAC Weights and Measures Inspection Division filed an emergency temporary rule to waive the submission of field standards subject to a Certificate of Calibration until August 4, 2020
  • Letter submitted to Governor Reeves on March 20, 2020, requesting recognition of agriculture and commerce related critical and essential infrastructure and workforce and requesting that any action pre-empt local directives to ensure the statewide food supply continues (PDF)
  • Commissioner Gipson filed an Emergency Administrative Order postponing or continuing any administrative hearings on March 20, 2020 (PDF)
  • Information Sheet: List of Farmers Markets in Mississippi That Are Currently Open (PDF)

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