Two in Miss. ag race support limit on eminent domain

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — The two major-party candidates for Mississippi agriculture commissioner say they support country-of-origin labeling for products such as catfish and beef.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven and Democrat Joel Gill of Pickens also both say they support an eminent domain initiative that will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot because they believe it would protect private property ownership. It would restrict governments from taking private land for economic development projects.

Hyde-Smith and Gill spoke Monday at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps.

The Reform Party’s Cathy Toole is also in the agriculture race.

The current commissioner, Republican Lester Spell, chose not to seek a fifth term.

Hyde-Smith is a state senator, and Gill is mayor of Pickens.