Get to Know MCIA

History

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The Mississippi Seed Improvement Association was organized as the official seed-certifying agency and granted a charter in 1940 as a not-for-profit farmers cooperative.

In 1952, the state legislature passed Senate bill No. 274, which created an official seed-certifying agency for the state of Mississippi for the purpose of certifying seeds, plants and plant parts to ensure their quality, integrity and purity. The bill also authorized a state seed board that was empowered and directed to approve rules and standards set forth by the state seed certifying agency.

In 2002, the Mississippi Seed Improvement Association officially changed its name to the Mississippi Crop Improvement Association and was granted authority to provide certification of additional agricultural products.

The Mississippi Crop Improvement Association office is located on the campus of Mississippi State University. MCIA was housed in the old Depot on the MSU campus until moving to its current office at 773 Stone Boulevard.

Directors of the Mississippi Crop Improvement Association have been:

  • John Oakley, 1940-1962
  • Walker Guerry, 1962-1986
  • Chester Milner, 1986-1998
  • Bennie Keith, 1998-Present

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Our Staff

  • Bennie Keith - Executive Secretary
  • Todd Livingston - Chief Inspector
  • Rita Chriswell - Office Manager

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2016 Board of Directors

  • Roane Logan full-fill for Tommy Jumper (2nd - 3 yr term) 2018
    Representing certified seed growers; other than plant breeding firms
  • Cathy Booth (2nd - 3 yr term) 2017
    Representing certified seed growers; other than plant breeding firms
  • Glenn Montgomery (1st - 3 yr term) 2019
    Representing certified seed growers; other than plant breeding firms
  • Chris Lucas ful-fill for John Bodie (2nd - 3 yr term) 2018
    Representing Plant Breeding firms
  • Brian McKenzie (2nd - 3 yr term) 2017
    Representing Plant Breeding firms
  • Greg Bohach - Vice President of Division Ag.Forestry & Vet. Med.
    Mississippi State University representatives
  • Louis Weeks (As Approved) 2019
    Representing MS Seedsmen Association
  • Chris Hussey (1st - 3 yr term) 2017
    Representing other Agricultural Products

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Bylaws

The purpose of this Association is to encourage the production, Certification, and the general use of Registered and Certified pure seed and other agriculture products of the best strains and varieties available throughout the state.

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Contact Us

Phone: 662.325.3211

Fax: 662.325.8135

Email:
 
bkeith@mcia.msstate.edu
rita@mcia.msstate.edu

Mail:


 
MS Crop Improvement Assn.
P.O. Box MS
773 Stone Blvd.
Mississippi State, MS 39762

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