Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
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Greg Gibson, Coordinator
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Mississippi Farm Bureau to hold 85th annual meeting
Mississippi Farm Bureau delegates will gather in Jackson for their 85th
annual convention, Dec. 2-3, with a record membership and an agenda to
set policy for the state’s largest farm organization. Mississippi
Farm Bureau President David Waide , a West Point row crop and cattle producer,
announced a new membership high of 235,135 member families.
The adoption of the organization’s policy book, which lays out
Farm Bureau’s direction for the coming year, is the most important
business of the upcoming convention, Waide said.
“Getting ready for the writing of the new Farm Bill is extremely
important,” Waide said. “Our volunteer leaders have always
taken this responsibility very seriously.”
The 2006 annual meeting begins at 9 a.m. on December 2, with the Statewide
Farm Bureau Talent Contest and the Miss Farm Bureau – Mississippi
contest with young ladies competing for a $2000 college scholarship.
Following will be the Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet, a round
table discussion of a predetermined topic. The participants' responsibility
is to exchange ideas and information in an effort to solve a problem.
It gives the contestants valuable experience in communicating in a small
At 1 p.m., the County Recognition Program will be held. This program
pays tribute to the county Farm Bureau leaders and their program of work
during the past year.
The first General Session will be at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening highlighted
by a keynote address by Senator Thad Cochran. The Young Farmer and Rancher
Achievement Award, the Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Distinguished
Service Award will also be presented Saturday evening.
The convention continues on Sunday, December 3, with a Farm Bill and
Alternative Energy session at 8 a.m. followed by a worship service featuring
Miss America 1987 Kellye Cash.
The Business Session will be held on Sunday, December 3, at 1 p.m. The
annual report will be delivered by President David Waide to be followed
by the adoption of the resolutions that form the Policy Book and the election
of officers and directors.
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.