The eighth Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce joined the litany of politicians speaking their peace at the Neshoba County Fair Thursday.

Commissioner Andy Gipson gave a progress report of what he’s been seeing since taking the office.

“During my travels, I’ve been hearing four common issues from farmers all over Mississippi:  the priority of our local rural county roads and bridges; the need for a dedicated agricultural workforce; the desire for expanded markets; and the goal of rolling back burdensome regulations that stifle economic opportunity.”

While Gipson pledged to work toward a solution for transportation and infrastructure funding, he said it can be done conservatively.

“I certainly believe it can be done without raising taxes,” said Gipson.

Gipson also spoke of the Genuine MS branding initiative, which aims to plan ahead for the future of Mississippi products.

Gipson said the goal is to promote and tell the great stories of Mississippi Grown, Raised, Crafted and Made products.

“The truth is we have a great deal to be proud of in the Magnolia State, and the Genuine MS program allows us to tell our stories at the same time we connect consumers with locally grown produce and other products.  And we will use this same platform to expand markets by promoting Mississippi globally, as well.”