Mississippi farmers need their stories heard, says state’s first female agriculture chief

What keeps her up at night is knowing 30 percent more food will be needed to feed the world’s population in just 30 years, said Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith.

The world’s population will be 34 percent higher by 2050 and is growing faster than food production, she said. It will take research and science-based facts and not emotion, she said, to provide enough for the world to eat.

She expects Mississippi farmers to be a part of that increase in production and says, “Get out of my way because the population’s growing and we have to produce more.”