Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)

USDA’s Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides matching funds on a competitive basis to State Departments of Agriculture to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. Eligible agricultural categories include livestock, livestock products, food and feed crops, fish and shellfish, horticulture, viticulture, apiary, and forest products and processed or manufactured products derived from such commodities. Reflecting the growing diversity of U.S. agriculture, in recent years, FSMIP accepts proposals dealing with nutraceuticals, bioenergy, compost, agroforestry products, and products made from agricultural residue.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) will be accepting applications for the FSMIP program. MDAC will submit qualifying proposals to USDA on the applicant’s behalf. Applications must be submitted to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce by the 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2013. (Please note that this is earlier than USDA’s deadline date listed on the Guidelines). Applications should be submitted to Paige Manning, MDAC, P.O. Box 1609, Jackson, MS 39215 or  paige@mdac.ms.gov.

For additional information about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Paige Manning at (601) 359-1163 or paige@mdac.ms.gov.

Vegetable Field Day

Save the Date for the Vegetable Field Day at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Beaumont, MS on June 13, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference

The 2013 Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference will be held November 14-15 at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS.  More details to come.

Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Annual Conference

The 2013 Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference will be held November 14-15 at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS.  More details to come.

USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Sign-Up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a 4 week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up beginning May 20, 2013 and ending on June 14, 2013.  The restart of sign-up for the continuous CRP, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Initiative, the Highly Erodible Land Initiative, the Grassland Restoration Initiative, the Pollinator Habitat Initiative and other related initiatives will began on May 13, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2013.

For more information about this press release, click the following link: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDAOC-7adcd7 or contact your local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov.


USDA Webinar Series for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry

The Agricultural Marketing Service’s  Fruit and Vegetable Program invites you to take part in a series of free, interactive webinars on our many programs and services.  At each webinar, you’ll hear a presentation from a USDA expert on a specific topic, be introduced to our staff, and take part in an interactive question and answer session.

These informative webinars are designed for fruit and vegetable growers, packers, shippers, processors, wholesalers and retailers of all sizes.  All of the webinars are free and available to anyone with Internet access.  Registration is, however, required and space is limited.  Log on today to register – it’s your first step to gaining a competitive edge and learning how we can work together to meet your unique business needs.  If you miss a webinar, just visit our Webinar Archive to watch it online.

Take a look at all we have to offer.  Follow the links next to the webinar titles below for full information on each session and to register.  We’ll see you online!

Coming Up!


How to Sell Fruits and  Vegetables to the USDA June 27, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time To register. http://bit.ly/145Arm2


Market News: 

New Custom

Average Tool Explained

July 25, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time


To register.


The PACA* Complaint Process – An Interactive Discussion August 22, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time To register.



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