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Commissioner Andy Gipson Elected Vice President of Southern U.S. Trade Promotion Organization

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Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was
elected vice president of the Southern U.S. Trade Association (SUSTA) at
the organization's annual board of directors' meeting this week. The
meeting was held in connection with the annual business meeting of the
Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

SUSTA is made up of the Departments of Agriculture in 15 Southern states
and is chartered to facilitate exports of U.S. food and high value
agricultural products by small to medium-sized companies in the region.
SUSTA's Board of Directors, comprised of the Secretaries and
Commissioners of Agriculture in their member states, chose Gipson to be
the organization's vice president for the coming term.

"I am so pleased that my colleagues have invested their trust not just
in me, but in Mississippi agriculture by selecting me to serve in this
leadership role for Southern ag exports," said Gipson. "One thing that
was reinforced during my listening tour around the State was that
exports are so important to agriculture, our State's number one
industry," he added.

SUSTA works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in
administering federal export promotion programs, especially the Market
Access Program (MAP) along with investments by the States and individual
companies. Gipson and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and
Commerce hosted the SUSTA meeting in Biloxi July 16-18, 2018.

SUSTA has facilitated trade between small to medium-sized southern U.S.
companies and overseas importers since 1973 via the USDA's Market Access
Program and support from the Departments of Agriculture in Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi,
North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin
Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. SUSTA's administrative offices are
located in New Orleans.

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