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Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson Promotes Mississippi Christmas Trees

JACKSON, Miss. – Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson encourages those celebrating the holiday season to make this year a “Genuine Mississippi” Christmas by purchasing a Mississippi grown Christmas tree.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce has made it easy for shoppers to find the perfect Mississippi Christmas tree this holiday season at Here you can locate one of the state’s 32 Christmas tree farms; learn about the types of Christmas trees grown in the state; and how to care for a fresh tree in order to make it last throughout the holiday season.

“Visiting one of Mississippi’s Christmas tree farms is an experience the whole family will enjoy,” said Commissioner Gipson. “It is a great way to support Mississippi farmers, as well as the local and state economies.”

Many farms will open for the holiday season on Thanksgiving Day or throughout the weekend. Some farms offer pre-tagging services for families interested in reserving a tree to pick up at a later date. Contact information and social media links for each farm are included on the website.

The holiday season is the perfect time to support other local Mississippi businesses through the Genuine MS® program for products Grown, Raised, Crafted and Made in Mississippi. Visit or stop by the Genuine MS® Store located inside the Mississippi Farmers Market for great gift ideas. The store is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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