Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
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Greg Gibson, Coordinator
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Layton honored with Excellence in Leadership Award by Farm Bureau
Maurice Layton of Mendenhall, MS, was awarded Farm Bureau’s Excellence
in Leadership Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Jackson
on December 7.
Mr. Layton has lived all his life in Mississippi and runs a cattle, poultry,
and timber farm just outside Mendenhall. He has dedicated his life to
serving agriculture by being involved with many agricultural organizations
including the local 4-H clubs, the Simpson County Livestock Association,
the Simpson County Cattlemen’s Association, the Soil and Water Conservation
Commission, and the Federal Land Bank.
He has served on the Simpson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors since
1960 and was president from 1997-2006. He also served on the Mississippi
Farm Bureau Board of Directors from 2000-2005.
“Farm Bureau has been a godsend,” said Layton. “When
there was a hole to be filled, they helped fill it.”
Farm Bureau President David Waide said of Layton, “He is one of
the finest and most dedicated leaders that Farm Bureau has. He has spent
his life working for agriculture and Farm Bureau.”
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 225,000 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.