Cindy Hyde-Smith for Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce

Experience. Leadership. Service.

  • Mississippi State Senator for 12 years.
  • Chairman, Senate Agriculture Committee for 8 years.
  • An active Legislator who authored countless pieces of legislation benefitting Agriculture in this State through her leadership in numerous committees including Appropriations, Congressional Redistricting, Constitution, Corrections, Elections, Legislative Reapportionment, PEER, Public Health and Welfare, Public Health and Welfare, Veterans and Military Affairs, & Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
  • Vice Chairman, National Agriculture Committee of State Legislators.
  • Charter Member, National State Agriculture Rural Leaders Organization.
  • Farm Bureau – Agriculture Legislator of the Year and Ambassador Award for exemplary leadership in agriculture.
  • Delta Council – Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to aquaculture and authoring the legislation requiring Mississippi restaurants serving catfish to display product origin labeling.
  • National Rifle Association – Millennium Honor Roll Award for her distinguished service in the defense of Liberty and of the Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Legion of Honor Award for her dedicated, unselfish, and patriotic services in the defense of freedom.
  • Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts – Legislator of the Year Award for her leadership in introducing conservation legislation.
  • National Guard of the United States –  Medal of Merit Award for exhibiting exceptional support to the National Guard and drafting legislation in support of the initiatives benefitting Mississippi National Guard.
  • United States Selective Service System – Outstanding Patriotic American Award for her continued service in Veterans and Military affairs.
  • National Future Farmers of America – Honorary American Degree for her contributions made to youth through agricultural education.
  • Alcorn State University – Outstanding Service to Small Farmers of Mississippi Award.

John Phillips, Chairman of the Delta Council Executive Committee, presented Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith the prestigious Delta Council Achievement Award.

Vision & Commitment

Expand Consumer Protection

  • Use technology to increase food safety inspections at grocery stores and accuracy at gas pumps
  • Stricter enforcement of Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws
  • Strengthen enforcement laws for grocery store and petroleum violators
  • Push for stricter penalties for misusers of pesticides

 

Increase Markets for Our Farmers

  • Partner agriculture with traditional economic development to create jobs
  • Increase opportunities and revenues for our farmers through agritourism and expansion of specialty crops
  • Expand statewide MDAC's quick pay (payment upon delivery) program to fruits and vegetables growers
  • Promote farmers’ market programs and education
  • Build upon existing Make Mine Mississippi (farmer/company-produced) identification program
  • Encourage development of alternative agricultural energy resources

 

Deliver Efficient and Effective Government

  • Streamline Department’s operations and increase productivity
  • Automate regulatory license and permit systems allowing agri-businesses to register products and services and purchase licenses online
  • Attract sponsorships to pay for upgrading Fairgrounds facilities including the Trade Mart
  • Seek opportunities to unify efforts to build working relationships with other government agencies, agricultural and forestry organizations, and universities
  • Investigate and pursue additional support from private sector and match with Federal grants where available

Catfish Initiative - Country of Origin Labeling. Pictured from Left: Jeremy Robbins of Ramey Agency, Texas Senator Sid Miller, Governor Rick Perry, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Roger Barlow of Catfish Institute, and Jack Garner of Ramey Agency.

 

 

 

 

Affiliations

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith serves as a member of:

  • Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
  • Lincoln County Cattlemen's Association
  • Lincoln County Forestry Association
  • National Rifle Association
  • Lincoln County Livestock Association
  • Mississippi National Guard Legislative Caucus
  • Sportsman's Legislative Caucus
  • Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Copiah Lincoln Community College Foundation Board

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith hosted a tour for FFA students from Loyd Star Attendance Center in Brookhaven.

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