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Mississippi Agriculture Youth Council

What is the MS 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 students interested in the agriculture industry an experience that cultivates leadership and career development while developing the potential workforce for Mississippi.

What is the selection process?

Applications can be found online at agnet.mdac.ms.gov/youthcouncil/. All applications are due by Friday, April 1, 2022. Semifinalists will be notified by April 15, 2022. Final interviews will be held virtually, and 12-15 youth leaders will be announced by Friday, May 13, 2022. 

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

  • Must be a 12th grade student during the 2022-2023 school year.  Current 11th graders in the 2021-2022 school year may apply to serve during the upcoming school year. 
  • Any public, private or homeschool students may apply. 
  • Students 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 2022- June 2023.