Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information

Greg Gibson, Coordinator
Public Relations / Multimedia
1-800-227-8244 ext. 4154
or 601-977-4154

Mississippi farmers take their message to Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Farm leaders from across the country are busily trying to get their input to the members of Congress who will write the new legislation that controls all agricultural program funding.

Approximately eighty Mississippi Farm Bureau members recently made the trip to Washington, DC, to weigh in on the discussions.

“Current farm programs help our economy by encouraging agricultural exports,” said Mississippi Farm Bureau President David Waide. “It’s imperative that we get a new Farm Bill that continues to support our nation’s farmers and ranchers.”

Another area of interest to the members visiting the capital was renewable energy. Members met with Cade Clurman from Representative Chip Pickering’s office to discuss options for alternative energy. Farm Bureau Public Policy Director Derrick Surrette says that more must be done to encourage new technologies and policies for renewable energy sources to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

Discussions were also held with Under Secretary of Agriculture Dr. Mark Keenum and West Higginbothom, Agricultural Legislative Assistant to Sen. Thad Cochran. All of these officials have played key roles in the development of agriculture policy.

“Mississippi has some of the most influential ag policy makers in Washington,” said Waide. “We depend on them every day to help the farmers and rural interests of Mississippi.”



The 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

© 2007 Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation