Mississippi agriculture chief on Trump advisory committee

August 23, 2016 in News

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, speaks about the improvements taking place at the state fairgrounds in Jackson, Miss., during her speech at Founders Square at the Neshoba County Fair, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia, Miss. The annual fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press)

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, speaks about the improvements taking place at the state fairgrounds in Jackson, Miss., during her speech at Founders Square at the Neshoba County Fair, Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Philadelphia, Miss. The annual fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press)

BROOKHAVEN, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith is serving on an agriculture advisory committee for Republic presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The Daily Leader reports that the 64-member committee includes chairmen of the U.S House and Senate agriculture committees, former U.S. secretaries of agriculture, current and former governors and business executives.

Hyde-Smith raises beef cattle near Brookhaven. She was elected to the state Senate as a Democrat in 1999 and served three terms before changing parties and being elected Mississippi’s agriculture commissioner in 2011. She won a second term in 2015, and is the first woman in the job.

At the invitation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hyde-Smith will travel to China in September as part of a trade mission.