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Mississippi is a prime location for companies in the food processing sector. Nearly 17,000 workers in the Entergy Mississippi territory are employed in food processing, with job growth expected to remain stable over the next 10 years.


Farms in the Entergy Mississippi Service Territory


Ports are Located Within the Entergy Mississippi Territory

Mississippi is a prime location for companies in the food processing sector


Raw Materials

  • Mississippi is home to 42,000 farms totaling more than 11.2 billion acres producing cattle, catfish and rice, as well as many other crops.
  • Mississippi is the fourth largest rice producing state in the U.S. Rice is one of the state’s top exports.

Business Climate

  • The cost of doing business in Mississippi is 3.1% below the national average according to the Forbes list of the “Best States for Business.”


  • Five Class 1 railroads serve the Entergy Mississippi territory, including Burlington Northern Railway, CSX Transportation, Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern Railroad and Norfolk Southern.
  • Bordering the state of Mississippi to the west, the Mississippi River begins in Minnesota and runs more than 2,000 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Six ports are located within the Entergy Mississippi territory with access to the Mississippi River.
  • More than 3.2 million tons of food and farm products are moved along the Mississippi River annually.
  • Six major interstate highways traverse Mississippi, connecting to major population centers within a day’s drive.


  • Average wages in the Entergy Mississippi territory are more than 30% lower than the U.S. and nearly 36% lower in the manufacturing industry.
  • The Entergy Mississippi area’s workforce is nearly 650,000 strong, with 10% employed in manufacturing.
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