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Food/Beverage Production & Value Added Agriculture

The “Silicon Valley of Agriculture”

Stoneville, Mississippi, is home to what has been referred to as the “Silicon Valley of Agriculture,” a research facility boasting of start of the art laboratories, incubators, and problem solving research to private companies and the public sector throughout the world.  This location houses the United States Department of Agriculture’s 15 state regional headquarters, Mississippi State University’s largest branch campus plus other state and federal research entities including the Forest Service.  Over 800 people work at this advanced research center, including more than 200 Ph.D.’s

Over $2 billion of agricultural products are grown a year in our region, with more billions being spend on the value-added production of such products after they are harvested.  Our more than 6 million acres of farmland is widely considered the most fertile soil in North America.

Our Cluster of Existing Industries

Our Cluster of Existing Industries

  • Bunge
  • CF Industries
  • Crop Production Services, Inc
  • Helena Chemical
  • Louis Dreyfus Commodities
  • Monsanto
  • Performance Food Groups
  • Sanders
  • Supervalu
  • Tyson Foods
  • Uncle Ben’s Rice

Mars Food R&D Center

Mars Food

  • Mars Food recently announced a $31 million investment in Greenville, Mississippi, to construct a state-of-the-art R&D center to support innovations for Mars Food’s bands globally.

Catfish Farming

Heartland Catfish, America's Catch Catfish, Freshwater Catfish

  • We are home to Delta Catfish Farming, widely known as the highest quality catfish in the world. Numerous processors have facilities in the Delta such as:
    • Heartland Catfish
    • America's Catch Catfish
    • Freshwater Catfish
    • And more
    Many of these are vertically integrated, owning the catfish farms, producing their own catfish food, and growing the products which go into catfish food.

Water Availability

Highest Quality, Highest Volume, Lowest Cost Water Supply in the United States (Mississippi Embayment Aquifer System Map):

We take our availability to large quantities of quality water for granted, but in many parts of the USA industries are limited in how much water they can use not only by quantities but time of day. In some parts of the country, water rights have been auctioned off and held by big tycoons, not in our region. Additionally, buying large volumes of water can be expensive across the USA, but not in the Delta Strong™ region!

Water Map

Here are some of facts about our water:

Water Quantity

  • Over 10 trillion gallons of water
    • Note, this water is in the ground beneath us, this is not the water in our rivers or lakes, that water is not included in this amount
    • 400-1200 ft. beneath the surface
    • 900 year supply if it doesn’t rain another drop

Water Quality

  • Most pure soils in the USA, creates the cleanest water in the USA, by way of being filtered through pure clay and sand before reaching the acquirer
  • Industries here can reuse water in their cooling towers 2.5 times more than the average US town, providing our companies with cheaper water and less maintenance
  • Dissolved-solid concentrations usually are less than 250 milligrams per liter

Water Cost

  • Our water typically costs 75% less than competing areas

Wastewater Discharge

  • Permits are available to discharge wastewater into the Mississippi River and other major tributaries. These permits are typically easier to obtain here than other areas of the country due to the flow of the Mississippi River in our area and the dilution it gives to potential wastewater

Electric Power Choices

  • We have numerous electric providers meaning if you supply us a sample electric bill we can literally find you our cheapest provider in our region.
    • Click here to learn more about our electric power choices: Electric Power

Natural Gas

Our area is served by Atmos Energy a publicly traded natural-gas-only distribution company serving over 3 million natural gas distribution customers. In addition to their transmission and distribution system we have large trunk lines of natural gas from all the companies below.

Community College Programs

Northwest Mississippi Community College - Coahoma Community College - Mississippi Delta Community College - Holmes Community College

  • Northwest Mississippi Community College features the following programs to supply workforce for the food/ag sector: agriculture business and management technology & John Deere Tech

  • Coahoma Community College features the following programs to supply workforce for the food/ag sector: culinary arts.

  • Mississippi Delta Community College features the following programs to supply workforce for the food/ag sector: culinary arts, field crops technology and precision agriculture technology.

  • Holmes Community College features the following programs to supply workforce for the food/ag sector: forest technology.

Ports and Other Transportation

Companies Located in the Port of Greenville

  • Port of Greenville
    • Greenville Port Terminal transfers bulk, break-bulk, and project cargo to suit YOUR needs. Wharf-type double pier with concrete dock. Shallow draft, slack water natural harbor, 11 miles long. 250-ft. minimum channel width, with a harbor front minimum channel width of 500 ft. and a fleeting area capable of holding several hundred barges.
    • Amenities
      • Designated U.S. Port of Entry.
      • Certified truck scales.
      • Rail scales (not certified for trade).
      • One Sennebogen 835 crane for barge loading and unloading.
      • A LST 218 Linkbelt crawler crane, with a 4½-yard bucket.
      • Harbor and fleeting service available.
      • Marine dry-dock and repair services.
      • Bulk truck/rail loading conveyers.
      • 5,000-lb. to 52,000-lb. forklifts.
      • Scrap handling magnets.
      • 22,000-sq.-ft. climate-controlled warehouse.
      • Open yard hard stand storage.
      • Grain, liquid bulk, L.P. gas, sand and gravel terminals.
      • 60-ton All Weather Bridge Crane that covers four barges at once.
      • 25-cy clamshell bucket for loading bulk cargo to truck or rail under covered structure.
    • Some companies located in the port: Sims Metal Management, Scott Petroleum, APAC Mississippi, Mississippi Marine, Farmers Grain Terminal, US Coast Guard
  • Port of Rosedale
    • Companies Located in Port of Rosedale3.3-mile slack water harbor; located 585 A.H.P. Lower MS River, 15 river miles south of Arkansas Navigation System. Primary staging area for barges to/from Arkansas Navigation System with fleeting area in excess of 300 barges. "T" shaped dock with 150-ton crane, 5-cu.-yd. clam bucket, truck hopper, 200-TPH dry-bulk truck-to-barge loading system, 500-TPH dry-bulk barge-to-truck unloading system. Dry-bulk truck-to-railcar/ railcar-to-truck transfer system.
    • Amenities
      • 20,000-sq.-ft. humidity-controlled warehouse with cargo dock on North and South sides of warehouse, outside concrete storage area
      • 8,000-lb. to 30,000-lb. forklifts
      • Skid steer loaders
      • Certified truck scales
      • Harbor/fleeting service
      • Barge cleaning, marine dry-dock and repair service.
      • Fully developed 100-year flood-free hydraulic-filled and natural elevation acreage adjacent to slack water channel available for lease.
      • Fully developed 250-acre industrial park on land-side of the MS Levee System, which adjoins two state highways.
      • Stevedoring services
      • Cargo dock (coil steel, coil rod, cottonseed & cottseed hulls, ligtering/shifting cargoes)
      • Dry-bulk loading/unloading dock (soybeans, rice, winterwheat, corn, limestone & standstone aggregates, fertilizers, damaged wheat & grain)
      • True intermodal facility
      • Available industrial parcels, including hydraulic fill acerage & natural elevation, customized training, and year-round service.
    • Some companies located in the port: Jantran, Cives Steel, Axel Americas, Sanders, Bunge North America, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Helena Chemical, APAC.

Number of Food/Beverage Production & Value Added Agriculture in the Delta Region

  • 627 Crop Production
  • 82 Cotton Ginning
  • 81 Animal Production and Aquaculture
  • 38 Farm Product Warehousing and Storage
  • 12 Pesticide and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
  • 9 Farm Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing
  • 8 Animal Slaughtering
  • 7 Soybean and Other Oilseed Processing
  • 6 Soft Drink Manufacturing
  • 6 Miscellaneous Food Manufacturing
  • 6 Breweries
  • 6 Rice Milling
  • 6 Ice Manufacturing
  • 4 Spice and Extract Manufacturing
  • 4 Refrigerated Warehousing and Stroage
  • 3 Poultry Processing
  • 3 Snack Food Manufacturing
  • 3 Fats and Oils Refining and Blending
  • 3 Coffee and Tea Manufacturing
  • 3 Fluid Milk Manufacturing
  • 3 Cane Sugar Manufacturing
  • 3 Bottled Water Manufacturing
  • 2 Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing
  • 2 Cheese Manufacturing
  • 2 Distilleries
  • 2 Meat Processed from Carcasses
  • 2 Cookie and Cracker Manufacturing
  • 2 Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing
  • 2 Phosphatic Fertilizer Manufacturing
  • 2 Roasted Nuts and Peanut Butter Manufacturing
  • 1 Fruit and Vegetable Canning
  • 1 Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing
  • 1 Mayonnaise, Dressing, and Other Prepared Sauce Manufacturing
  • 1 Flour Milling
  • 1 Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from Cacao Beans
  • 1 Dry Pasta, Sough, and Flour Mixes Manufacturing
  • 1 Nonchocolate Confectionery Manufacturing
  • 1 Tobacco Manufacturing
  • 1 Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Manufacturing
  • 1 Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing

Additional Information

Data provided by the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Center