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MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU TO HOLD 87th ANNUAL MEETING

JACKSON — Mississippi Farm Bureau delegates will gather in Jackson for their 87th annual convention, December 6-8, with 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 membership total of 226,170 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.

“The volatility of the farm economy and the overall economy is extremely important to our members,” Waide said. “Our policies will reflect the membership’s feelings about many issues including ones that affect all consumers.”

The 2008 annual meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, with the statewide Talent Contest and the Miss Farm Bureau-Mississippi Contest. It will be followed by a Safety Conference and then an Environmental Conference featuring Rick Krause of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Following these conferences will be a General Session highlighted by a keynote address by Representative Travis Childers.

Sunday afternoon will feature the Recognition and Awards program where individual county Farm Bureaus are recognized for their work during the past year. The Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award will also be presented at this session along with the Ag Ambassador Award and the Friend of Agriculture Award.

Immediately following the Recognition and Awards program will be a conference centering on the financial crisis and its effect on agriculture.

The final General Session will be at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening highlighted by the announcement of the winners of the Young Farmer and Rancher Achievement Award and the Discussion Meet.

The Business Session will be held on Monday, December 8, at 8 a.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.

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The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization with more than 227,000 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.

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