Mississippi is currently experiencing a severe drought, with central and north parts of the state facing an exceptional drought. This has led to low hay stock for cattlemen preparing for winter. Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson reported a 10% decrease in production due to dry conditions, which has been contributing to higher prices for many products. He emphasized the need for winter rain to moisten the ground for the upcoming planting season in March. Gipson also encouraged farmers to make use of USDA programs offered through the Farm Service Agency.