Mississippi Cotton and Agriculture Road Trip Destinations

American agriculture is a fascinating enterprise, making up a huge part of our economy and job market. The Mississippi cotton and agriculture industry is massive, and for those interested in it, the many conservation centers, farms, and research centers in the Washington County area are the perfect road trip destination this summer.

The Delta Conservation and Demonstration Center in Metcalfe, for example, teaches visitors about local conservation practices, see antique farming equipment, and even enjoy bird watching. The Jamie Whitten Delta State Research Center and the Stoneville Research Center both focus on developing technology to increase the efficiency of farming and offer tours of their facilities.

Catfish is a huge part of Mississippi agriculture, and you can tour Lauren Farms to see how these fish are raised. Little Bales of Cotton, a store in Stoneville, makes novelty items out of cotton. For a more complete look into the agriculture industry of the area, check out the Washington County Farm Tours.

The Washington County area is unique for its climate and major agricultural enterprises, making it a perfect vacation locale for the farming enthusiast or farming families. We hope to see you here soon!

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

If you’re going to be in West Mississippi with your kids this summer, there are tons of family friendly events in Greenville you won’t want to miss. From paintball to bowling to Kermit the Frog, Greenville has something everyone can enjoy.

Muppets creator Jim Henson was born here in Greenville, and the city has built a permanent exhibit in Henson’s honor, which also doubles as the Washington County Welcome Center. This is a perfect stop for young kids.

Older children who like animals and the outdoors have lots of options—there’s the Winterville Indian Mounds, Oliver Alpaca Farm, the Delta Paintball Park, and more. If your family’s into cars, on the other hand, visit the Black Bayou Motor Speedway and Greenville Speedway Racing and catch a few races.

Of course, there are plenty of everyday activities to do in Greenville—Riverbelle Lanes offers bowling and other family activities, and the Nelco Movie Theater and Diamond Jim’s Arcade both have great options for families.

Whether you’re a resident of Washington County or you’re just passing through, summer in Greenville is a great time for families, so drop in on some of our city’s many exciting events!

Six Must-See Historic Sites in Greenville, MS

In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, you’ll find our little town of Greenville. This small Southern city has a big history, which has been preserved over the years and can be explored on a sunny Saturday afternoon. If you want to experience the spirit of Greenville, visit these historic locations.

Cotton Row: Back when Mississippi used to be the home of cotton moguls who amassed large fortunes, this was a thriving merchant district. It still reflects the late 19th century architecture.

First National Bank: This Neoclassical building now housing the city’s court was the first federally chartered bank in the county.

Former Levee Board Complex: What was the city’s oldest commercial structure has been renovated into the Greenville Inn & Suites.

Mississippi Levee System: This towering structure runs along the downtown waterfront and revolutionized the area, making the Delta what it is today.

Mount Holly Plantation: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Shelby Foote used to live in this gorgeous mansion which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nelson Street District: For a century, this has been a thriving economic and cultural hub of the community, home to numerous iconic restaurants and stores.

Which of these historic sites in Greenville is your favorite?

Nissan Supports Mississippi History and Civil Rights Museums with $500,000 Donation

Did you know that Nissan is not only a carmaker but a benefactor to the community as well?

Recently, Nissan pledged $500K for the Mississippi History and Civil Rights museums that will go to fund the construction of a dining and gathering space adjacent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, as well as furnish a gallery at the Civil Rights Museum.

“We believe the history of this state needs to be told,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s director of diversity and inclusion for the Americas. “This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to diversity, education and service in our community.”

The museums are anticipated to open for the Mississippi bicentennial celebration in 2017 and are expected to host an estimated 180,000 visitors annually. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Division of Tourism estimates that the annual economic impact will exceed $17 million.

We are proud that Nissan supports Mississippi history and is dedicated to community improvement and cultural preservation – not to mention they also build a great lineup of vehicles! So come check them out at James Ceranti Nissan, today.

Nissan Bringing Jobs To Mississippi

New Nissan Jobs Building the MuranoMississippi governor Phil Bryant joined Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park in Canton at the end of last month. An existing Nissan vehicle assembly plant is already in Canton and this addition will add more than 800 jobs. Local officials were joined by Dan Bednarzyk, Nissan Vice President of Total Delivered Cost and David Aldana, Nissan Vice President for Manufacturing, who helped with the groundbreaking ceremonies.

“Today, we begin an exciting new chapter in Mississippi as we continue our localization and investment efforts in the United States,” Bednarzyk said. “Today’s groundbreaking supports our efforts to bring more Nissan cars and trucks to our plant in Mississippi and means more Mississippi jobs. Additionally, the supplier park will help make us more globally competitive at our Canton Mississippi plant.”

“For a decade, Nissan has been a loyal corporate partner and has created thousands of jobs for Mississippians,” Gov. Bryant said. “The addition of the new supplier park will bring more manufacturing jobs to Mississippi and serves to strengthen our growing automotive sector. I am grateful to Nissan for demonstrating to the world that ‘Mississippi Works.’ Great things are taking place in our state, and I wish Nissan many more years of growth and success in Canton.”

The Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant opened in 2003 and employs more than 5,600 people. There has been talk that the next-generation Nissan Murano assembly will be moved here. We are excited to see what other changes take place. Are you happy that Nissan is expanding its plant?

Nissan Celebrates Milestone in Mississippi

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It wasn’t that long ago that close to home, Nissan Motor Company brought auto manufacturing to Canton, creating new jobs for thousands of residents. Only ten years ago in fact. To celebrate the decade of successful business, the company and its employees celebrated with a huge festival for the community at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson this past weekend. The Grammy-award winning band Kool & the Gang even performed at the festival and the day ended in fireworks.

Camille Young, the Nissan community relations manager for Canton shared, “Our employees are the heart and soul of our operation in Canton. We are also deeply grateful to the broader community that has embraced and supported us during our first decade in Mississippi, and we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate with those who contribute to our success – our employees, their family members, our local suppliers, area businesses and our community partners.”

Nissan Canton has produced over 2 million vehicles since 2003, and has an annual payroll of more than $200 million. At James Ceranti, we are proud to live so close to such a great plant.

Keep up the great work, Nissan Canton!