Mississippi had about 890,00 head of cattle in 2017. The 15,940 farms in the state accounted for $285 million value of production in 2017. The larger beef cattle inventories are located in the southern part of the state. Some 80 Grade A Dairy herds including 9,000 milk cows provide a $26 million value of production of milk. The state ranks #17 in production of hogs, accounting for a $117 million value of production. Hogs are grown on 306 farms with 1.2 million piglets born in 2017.
The mission of the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission is to effectively guide, promote and demonstrate the conservation, development, protection and proper utilization of the soil, water and related resources of the State.