Mississippi  Department of  Corrections

Marshall L. Fisher

Phil Bryant






Agricultural Enterprises


Agricultural Enterprises

Updated: 03/06/2015


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:






Butter beans

Field Peas



Collard greens  
English peas  
Sweet corn  
Green beans  
Mustard Greens  
Turnip Greens  



MPAE leased out 8,030.7 acres in Sunflower County and 197.0 acres in Quitman County for a total of $575,793. This represents an average rent per acre of $69.98.


MPAE farmed 5,569.3 acres in Sunflower County of rice, corn, soybeans, wheat and vegetables.


Soybean production of 66,812 bushels produced $777,271 cash.


Corn production totaled 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.

The 2012 fiscal year rice crop of 126 acres produced 17,336 bushels 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 $566,564.


The Livestock swine operation produced 7,257 hogs and ended the year with a herd of 3,977.


1,106 hogs were processed for inmate consumption with a value of $102,585 and 5,250 were sold to outside vendors for $547,783.


The 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 $483,331.


MPAE vegetable operation produced a total of 4,184,080 pounds of vegetables for inmate consumption on approximately 1,258 acres of land.


MPAE processing received 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 $1,353,022.

Total value of food donated for inmate consumption for FY 2012 was approximately $1,836,344.
MPAE generated cash revenues of $2,570,913 and expenditures were $2,646,088.

During 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.


For additional information, contact Agricultural Enterprises.