Mississippi Agriculture Youth Council

What is the Agriculture Youth Council and what does it do?

This council was created by the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Andy Gipson, in order to provide future leaders of the agriculture industry an experience that cultivates leadership and career development and broadens horizons while developing the potential workforce for Mississippi. Council members will visit Mississippi agricultural companies and organizations, learn about the legislative process and how it affects the agriculture industry, shadow industry professionals and hone professional skills. Members will serve a one-year term on the council.

Mission Statement

To develop future leaders in Mississippi through leadership and career development, industry exposure and experiential learning.

Our Goal

To provide an opportunity for Mississippi’s young agricultural leaders to develop leadership, advocacy and employability skills through professional development, industry exposure and experiential learning in a variety of agriculture careers.

What is the selection process and how many are chosen?

The Agriculture Youth Council is chosen by representatives in the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The application is now closed. Semifinalists will be notified by April 15, 2021. Final interviews will be held virtually and 12-15 youth leaders will be announced by May 14, 2021.

Who is eligible to be a member of the Agriculture Youth Council?

  • High school juniors in school year 2021 to serve their senior year.
  • Any public, private or homeschool students may apply.
  • Student must exhibit an interest, passion and/ or experiences in agriculture.

Requirements Upon Selection

  • Students will be required to dress professionally for all Youth Council events.
  • All travel to and from the MDAC office in Jackson will be the responsibility of students and/or parents.
  • Commit to four council meetings from August 2021- June 2022.