Prairies are important ecosystems that are slowly fading from the American landscape. Prairies are level or rolling grasslands composed of perennial grasses, with many species of flowering plants of the pea and composite families. Prairies provide native habitat for birds, pollinators, insects and other wildlife. They are drought tolerant, hold soils in place, and absorb water. A recent bill, The American Prairie Conservation Act of 2017, protects prairie land nationally through a provision known as “Sodsaver.” The American Prairies Conservation Act will preserve grasslands by limiting crop insurance premium subsidies on newly broken native sod. It also directs USDA to collect data and report on grassland loss across the country.
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
The mission of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world.