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Watson honored by Farm Bureau with Distinguished Service Award

Jackson – The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation presented its Distinguished Service Award to Vance H. Watson, Vice-President of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University .

“Dr. Watson has spent his entire career serving the people of Mississippi ,” said Farm Bureau President David Waide. “He has a broad understanding of the issues facing agriculture and provides strong leadership for the farmers of this state.”

Watson is the author of more than 300 publications and has traveled the world on a variety of agricultural missions. He was a member of the official United States delegation for setting world policy on seed certification and served as team leader for review of Peace Corps agricultural programs in Thailand for the U.S. State Department.


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