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2019 “Salute to Our Heroes” Keynote Speaker – Commissioner Andy Gipson

We are honored to welcome Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Andy Gipson, as our keynote speaker at the 2019 "Salute to Our Heroes" Gala!

Commissioner Andy Gipson is a farmer, lawyer, pastor, and former State Representative. He is also a father to four beautiful children and dedicated husband to Leslie. Commissioner Gipson isn’t just an elected official, he is true Mississippian. He has visited all 82 counties in our state as a part of a Mississippi Farm Tour. He has launched multiple initiatives and programs since taking office in April 2018 to provide local farmers with a voice and provide them with information directly from MS Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

Commissioner Gipson has owned and managed a cattle operation in Simpson County for more than 20 years and a tree farm since 2004. He is committed to promoting forestry and timber markets domestically and internationally and has created an office within MDAC to assist in these efforts. He is a member of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association and the Simpson County Development Foundation. He serves as Vice President of the Southern United States Trade Association and Past President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He is an active member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He has also received multiple awards and accolades throughout the years.

He also has a heart of service. Hilltop Memorial Children’s Ranch, a faith-based outreach for children, was built by his late father and Commissioner’s Gipson’s family is committed to reopening this ranch to serve more children. Gipson also serves as an advocate for Mississippian’s suffering from depression, mental illness, traumatic brain injuries and their families.

By partnering with the Brain Injury Association of MS as the keynote speaker, Commissioner Gipson will to help start and continue conversations about TBI and how it affects the survivors and their families in the state of Mississippi. We are honored and grateful the Commissioner trusts us enough to share some of personal experiences his family has had with brain injury.

To read more about Commissioner Gipson, please visit: https://www.mdac.ms.gov/agency-info/about-andy-gipson/

Please help us welcome Commissioner Gipson at our Gala by attending the event! To purchase tickets click here: TICKETS

**Information on Commissioner Gipson obtained from https://www.mdac.ms.gov/agency-info/about-andy-gipson/**

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