Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
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Greg Gibson, Coordinator
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Breaux honored with Excellence in Leadership Award by Farm Bureau
Louis Breaux, III, of Kiln, MS, was awarded Farm Bureau’s Excellence
in Leadership Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Jackson,
on November 29.
Mr. Breaux moved to Mississippi in 1956 and immediately joined Farm Bureau.
He was elected county vice president in 1958 and president in 1959 with
a total county membership of 72. He served as county president for 17
years and retired with membership close to 1800.
He was elected to Farm Bureau’s state board of directors in 1971
and has continued to serve for 36 years and he now serves as a Life-Time
Honorary Vice President.
Mr. Breaux was very instrumental in starting and heading up Farm Bureau’s
Gumbo Festival in Washington DC for many years.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the coast in 2005, Mr. Breaux headed up
a food drop that provided needed supplies to countless numbers of families
who were without anything.
Mr. Breaux served on Farm Bureau’s Growth committee in the ‘70s,
on Gov. Bill Waller’s Pep Committee representing agriculture, and
on Gov. Kirk Fordice’s DEQ Advisory committee.
He helped organize and served as president of the County Fair and Livestock
Association which is still going strong after 30 years.
He is a past president of the Hancock/Harrison Cattlemen’s Assn.,
served as county chairman of the United Way campaign, and has received
the Merchant Marine Veteran’s highest award – the Distinguished
In presenting the award, Farm Bureau President David Waide said Breaux
has been invaluable to Farm Bureau. “Without Louis Breaux, there
would have been many projects that would not have been completed in Farm
Bureau. He’s been a driving force for many years.”
Mr. Breaux has been married to his wife, Jeannette for 59 years. They
have 7 living children, 20 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
The Excellence in Leadership Award was established to recognize volunteer
leaders of Farm Bureau who have made a significant contribution to Farm
Bureau and agriculture in Mississippi. Their contributions have been performed
as a result of unselfish effort to strengthen Farm Bureau and to enhance
rural life in Mississippi.
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.