A report released Monday by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture says the state’s agricultural industry is in serious jeopardy.
The state has been dealing with a string of crops failure, crop damage, and high production costs, but this could be the worst for a generation, said Bill Latham, a senior vice president at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.
“We have seen a lot of damage to our agriculture industry, and we’re going to have a lot more damage to agriculture in the future,” Latham said.
“There’s a lot going on right now.”
The state of Mississippi has been hit hard by crop failures in recent years.
In 2011, Mississippi had to import more than 5 million tons of wheat due to crop damage caused by a virus.
This year, the state is facing a similar situation, but it could be even worse, Latham added.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says the world is experiencing a global drought that is costing more than $6 trillion a year.
The U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper reported last month that the U,S.
and China are all in serious drought, with farmers across the world facing extreme conditions.
The USDA report comes at a time when Mississippi is in a period of uncertainty.
A number of agricultural companies have gone bankrupt and the state has yet to recover from the collapse of a previous state-owned business.
The last time Mississippi had a state-run business was in the 1920s.
The last time the state was in such severe financial distress, it was during the Great Depression.
But Latham expects the state will recover.
“Our agriculture industry has been able to thrive in a tough environment for the last 10 or 20 years, and this year is no different,” he said.
Latham is not the only one worried about the state of agriculture.
According to a report by the U-M’s Center for Food Safety, the number of farms closed in Mississippi due to an outbreak of botulism in the past year is at an all-time high.
In the same period, the U -M found that there were only 4.3 million farms in the United States.
That is down from 10.4 million farms closed by the end of 2017.
And Latham believes the state faces a much bigger crisis than just one crop failure.
“You’re talking about the loss of thousands of jobs,” he added.
“You’re looking at thousands of people losing their jobs because of that.”