Agricultural Enterprises is a division
under the Institutions Division responsible for the farming
operations at Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP) in Parchman,
MS and South Mississippi Correctional Institution (SMCI) in
Leakesville, MS. The majority of the farming activity takes
place at MSP.
Minimum and medium custody inmates are
given the opportunity to participate in the Agricultural
Enterprises program each year in planting, harvesting and
processing the crops. Inmates plant several kinds of fruits and
vegetables which are harvested and processed to feed inmates at
MDOC facilities statewide.
Some of the fruits and vegetables
grown last year include:
8,030.7 acres in Sunflower County and 197.0
acres in Quitman County for a total of
This represents an average rent per acre of $69.98.
5,569.3 acres in Sunflower County of rice, corn,
wheat and vegetables.
Soybean production of
66,812 bushels produced
43,246 bushels with
all bushels being delivered to the feed mill to
produce hog and chicken feed at a value of
$288,941. This corn will produce approximately
1,800 tons of feed.
2012 fiscal year rice crop of 126 acres produced
of which 7,336 were sold for a cash price of $34,499.
Approximately 10,000 bushels of the above bushels were
processed for inmate consumption at a value of $62,500.
The Feed Mill is in operation utilizing corn grown by
MPAE and all feed is produced on site for the poultry
operation. The Feed Mill operation produced
2,190 tons of chicken feed at a cost of
Livestock swine operation produced
7,257 hogs and ended the year with a herd of
1,106 hogs were processed for inmate consumption
with a value of
5,250 were sold to outside vendors for
poultry facility is in full production with a 36,000
layer capacity. A total of
476,804 dozen eggs were delivered to MDOC food
service with a total value of
vegetable operation produced a total of
4,184,080 pounds of vegetables for inmate
consumption on approximately
1,258 acres of land.
4,184,080 pounds of vegetables for processing
which netted a total of
2,873,143 pounds of vegetables for inmate
consumption. The value of these processed vegetables
based on the Atlanta market was approximately
Total value of food donated for inmate consumption for
2012 was approximately
MPAE generated cash revenues of
$2,570,913 and expenditures were
FY 2012 MPAE averaged working
300 inmates per month which equaled
75,000 man days. Based on 8 hours per day
for 250 work days this would equate to 600,000 hours the
inmates were not idle.
MPAE has 25 acres of blueberries at the South
Mississippi Correctional Institution in Green County. In
FY 2012 there were 42,291 pounds of blueberries
harvested that produced $59,809.79 in cash.