Agriculture

2020 Regular Session

Agriculture

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 326
Good Policy
Cottage food operation; increase maximum annual gross sales to $35,000.00 and authorize to advertise over the Internet. Alive
Analysis: This bill raises the amount of gross sales a cottage food operation may generate before being subject to food establishment fees and authorizes them to advertise over the internet. Businesses should not be subject to arbitrary government sales caps, especially ones that incentivize making less money. Raising the cap from $20,000 to $35,000 is a step in the right direction, however, government caps on how successful a business is allowed to be before government retribution is levied denigrates the freedom of our market and effectively caps our economic potential.
HB 551
Bad Policy
'Mississippi Seafood Marketing Law of 2020'; enact to require consumer notice and labeling of country of origin on all foreign and imported seafood. Alive
Analysis: This bill provides for needless government overregulation on a market that is already sufficiently regulated by the FDA. This legislation also authorizes the state government to enter the premises of seafood distributors without any court action and forcibly seize their products for the purposes of testing; all of this in the name of ensuring proper labeling that is already required by the Food and Drug Administration. This legislation provides yet another way for the state government to waste taxpayer dollars in the faux pursuit of "consumer protection".
HB 609
Bad Policy
Goat milk and goat milk products; remove from regulatory authority of the State Board/Department of Health. Dead
Analysis: This bill removes an explicit legal right to produce and sell goat's milk. Regulating the specific kinds of milk that citizens are allowed to consume or sell is not a legitimate function of government and is not a useful way to expend our tax dollars.
HB 687
Not Rated
Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation; extend repealer on requirement that audits be submitted by Nov. 15. Alive
Analysis: This bill extends the deadline at which the Mississippi Boll Weevil Corporation must submit their audit to the Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The deadline was previously set for November 15, 2019, it is now set at November 15, 2022.
HB 812
Not Rated
Emerging Crops Fund; increase maximum amount of loans made to new and existing agribusiness enterprise to $400,000.00. Dead
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HB 912
Not Rated
'Mississippi Country of Origin Labeling Law of 2009'; revise to also require notice of country of processing. Dead
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HB 950
Not Rated
Milk products; exempt owners of certain milk producing animals from regulation when used for personal milk consumption. Dead
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HB 951
Not Rated
Mississippi On-Farm Sales and Food Freedom Act; create. Dead
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HB 1027
Bad Policy
Emerging Crops Fund; increase maximum loan amount and total bonding authority under. Alive
Analysis: Under current state law The Mississippi Development Authority is authorized to give loans to agribusiness or greenhouse production horticulture enterprises up to the amount of $200,000. This bill increases that maximum loan amount to $250,000. Currently the MDA is also authorized to issue bonds to the Emerging Crops Fund in an amount up to $109 Million. This bill increases that maximum to $114 Million. The state of Mississippi is in no financial state to be increasing the maximum amount of loans the states can issue to any business or organization.
HB 1038
Not Rated
Cottage food operations; remove cap on annual gross sales threshold. Dead
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HB 1140
Not Rated
Hemp production; require Department of Agriculture and MDA to adhere to statutory provision concerning small business and minority business enterprises. Dead
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HB 1208
Good Policy
'Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act'; enact to provide for regulation of hemp. Alive
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HB 1210
Not Rated
Industrial hemp; legalize and regulate for certain purposes. Dead
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HB 1494
Not Rated
Weighing devices; provide Commissioner of Agriculture with authority to regulate those that dispense agricultural commodities. Dead
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HB 1565
Not Rated
Mississippi Dog and Cat Protection Law; revise certain provisions and increase penalties. Dead
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HB 1566
Bad Policy
'Future of Mississippi Agriculture Act of 2020'; enact. Alive
Analysis: This bill increases the authority and scope of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce, giving the department power to hire more employees, enter into contracts, and allocate and expend funds to carry out all the powers and duties mentioned in the act. This is an increase in the size of government that is unnecessary and costly.
SB 2118
Not Rated
Pecan Harvesting Law; revise penalties for violating. Alive
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SB 2272
Neutral
Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation; extend repealer on deadline for annual audit of accounts. Alive
Analysis: This bill extends the current repeal of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation Trust Fund's required annual audit. This bill extends the repeal until July 1, 2024.
SB 2291
Not Rated
Sales tax; require Department of Revenue certificate for commercial farmers to receive 1.5% sales tax rate. Alive
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SB 2725
Good Policy
Hemp; create the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act. Alive
Analysis: This bill legalizes the cultivation, transportation, processing and handling of hemp. Although this legalization come with heavy regulation, the legalization of hemp ultimately makes our markets and people freer and more prosperous.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed