The Mississippi Small Farm Development Center’s mission is to develop a system that delivers management and technical assistance to small farms through resources of local, state, and federal government programs, various segments of the private sector, and colleges throughout the state.
- The Center shall make management and technical assistance available to small farms by linking together with the above resources;
- The Center shall research and develop small farm opportunities for new or alternative crops;
- The Center shall develop a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of agriculture and economic data; and
- The Center shall assist small farms in developing more efficient marketing.
The Center has provided a broad range of services to small-scale farmers and ranchers over the years assisting its clients by employing a holistic agribusiness model. Services cover identification of market opportunities; enterprise selection; acquisition of resources; production technology; harvesting methods; post-harvesting handling; value-added product development; marketing; management; organization development, and new industry nurturing.