Joel Gill

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Joel Gill
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Former candidate for
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
Bachelor'sMillsaps College (1973)
Date of birthJuly 20, 1951
Place of birthSt. Joseph, Missouri
ProfessionMayor of Pickens
Campaign website
Joel Gill (b. July 20, 1951) was a 2011 Democratic candidate for Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. He currently serves as Mayor of Pickens, a position he has been in since 2009.

Gill is the chief financial officer, managing partner and cattle buyer with Mississippi Order Buyers, Incorporated.

He previously ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2008 and 2010. Gill served as an alderman for the town of Pickens from 1989-1993 and 2005-2009.[1]


  • B.S., Physics/Astronomy, Millsaps College (1973)



See also: Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Gill ran for election as Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. He did not have a primary opponent in the Democratic primary on August 2. Gill finished second in the November 8 general election, behind Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith but ahead of Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole.

General election

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Hyde-Smith 56.9% 493,417
     Democratic Joel Gill 40.6% 352,213
     Reform Cathy L. Toole 2.5% 21,347
Total Votes 866,977
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State


On his campaign website, Gill outlined 11 key issues:[2]

  • Genetically Modified Crops
Excerpt: "While these crops are fine for those who want to grow them, they still require further study."
  • EPA Regulations
Excerpt: "there are times when the EPA, an agency created to protect the environment, takes actions that may harm the economy in return for very little added environmental protection. Regulations such as the proposed "Dust control" rule, will only cripple agricultural and business operations and should be opposed by this office."
  • Proposed GIPSA Rule
Excerpt: "The GIPSA rule will allow our producers a CHANCE to prosper if they are willing to work.The GIPSA rule will put a referee on the field to make sure the smallest producer has the same opportunities for profit and protection against abuse as the larger corporate interests."
  • International Corporate Farming
Excerpt: "The trade we currently engage in may be free trade, but it is certainly not fair trade. Any future agreements must be carefully reviewed to protect US interests and the agreements currently in place should be re-evaluated."
  • Food Inspection
Excerpt: "The USDA inspects very few samples so it is left to the State of Mississippi to make sure our food supply is safe. I am deeply concerned about these responsibilities, and I pledge to continue a vigorous testing and inspection policy to insure that the safety of the Mississippi public is the foremost concern of food retailers."
  • Private Property Rights (Eminent Domain)
Excerpt: "Your property is your property and as such, anyone wanting to build a more upscale entity should pay you fair market value for your land if you are willing to sell."
  • Country of Origin Labeling
Excerpt: "as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, I will make sure the labeling law is enforced."
  • Mississippi Promotion
Excerpt: "All of our producers work hard to provide their customers the very best products and this easily accomplished labeling will allow you as a consumer to support your friends, neighbors, and fellow Mississippians with your purchases."
  • Recreation
Excerpt: Agri-tourism "is an incredible opportunity for those in rural MS to open their doors to their urban neighbors and allow them to experience the bounty we all too often take for granted."
  • Mandatory Animal ID
Excerpt: "This should only apply for heath reasons, and then only to the adult breeding population."
  • Regulatory Responsibilities

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