Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
Mississippi Farm Bureau signs on as BVS network partner
Mississippi Farm Bureau is the newest network partner for Beef Verification
Solution (BVS), a comprehensive and confidential information system for
livestock data collection, management and communication. As a network
partner, Mississippi Farm Bureau will promote and market BVS to their
“We’re excited that Mississippi Farm Bureau is joining the
program,” Mark Nelson, BVS coordinator said. “They feel BVS
is a top-notch turnkey program that will benefit their members.”
BVS is a member-driven program developed by Ag Solutions in conjunction
with AgInfoLink, a member of the John Deere FoodOrigins Alliance. The
BVS program utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) technology
and is designed to coordinate with and complement other data systems and
networks along with communicating compliance data to USDA’s National
Animal Identification System (NAIS).
A key attribute of BVS is its flexible data collection system ranging
from hand-written Cattle-Cards to BeefLink2 computer software.
“A national animal identification system will be a reality in the
next few years and the BVS program will fit well with that,” Nelson
“Members can use the data collected in BVS to help them make better
herd and animal management decisions, increasing profitability.”
Communication is vital and a key component of the BVS is a private data-sharing
network where information collected by each BeefLink2 user is emailed
and stored. Limited data needed by NAIS is then forwarded.
In addition, BVS is capable of tracking and communicating the verifiable
audit trail required by many source, age or process verified programs.
“Mississippi Farm Bureau members will be one-step ahead by choosing
to participate in the BVS program,” Nelson said. “They will
benefit by the multiple solutions it offers.”
Mississippi Farm Bureau
Jon Kilgore, Regional Manager, Beef Coordinator Nancy Britt
6311 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 230,000 member-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus in all 82 counties in Mississippi
where agriculture comprises a fundamental part of
Mississippi 's economy.
Headquartered in Jackson
, the federation is an independent, non-profit agricultural
organization and is not associated with any arm of the government.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit our website at www.msfb.com.