Agricultural Enterprises, is a division under Institutions, is responsible for the farming operations at Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) in Parchman and South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) in Leakesville, MS. Most of the farming occurs at Parchman. Minimum custody inmates are given the opportunity to participate each year in planting, harvesting and processing the crops, including vegetables and fruits. The crops are shipped to MDOC facilities to feed inmates to help reduce food cost.
Some of the fruits and vegetables grown last year include:
- Butter beans
- Turnip Greens
- Mustard Greens
- English peas
- Sweet corn
- Green beans
- Field Peas
- The Mississippi Prison Agriculture Enterprise (MPAE) program leased 7,908 acres in Sunflower and Quitman counties for a total revenue of $678,959. The amount brought the average rent per acre to $88.04.
- MPAE farmed 3,401 acres in Sunflower County, growing soybeans and vegetables.
- Soybean production was at an all-time high with total bushels being over 91,000 bushels. This average per acre was 41.36 bushels per acre with a revenue of $794,640
- MPAE vegetable operation produced 1,034.013 pounds of vegetables on approximately 1,259 acres for processing to help feed the offenders and reduce food cost. The value of these donated food was approximately $404,229. These prices are based on the Atlanta Market and billed to the food contract vendor. MDOC takes a credit against the weekly invoice for the amount of these food items.
- MPAE has 25 acres of blueberries located at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. During calendar 2017 over 12,000 pound of blueberries were harvested and used for inmate consumption. Total value of this crop was $10,942. A major pruning planned for the blueberry orchard is expected to impact revenue temporarily.
- MPAE had 40 acres of pecans harvested in 2017 for the first time in more than 10 years. Total revenue from this crop was $4,500.
For additional information, contact Agricultural Enterprises.