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McCarty given Distinguished Service Award by Farm Bureau
Dr. Will McCarty of Starkville has been named the winner of Farm Bureau’s
Distinguished Service Award for 2008 at the organization’s annual
meeting on December 7.
Dr. McCarty retired from the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service
after 28 years of service to Mississippi agriculture and is one of the
foremost experts on cotton in the nation.
Farm Bureau President David Waide said, “Dr. McCarty has worked
closely with Farm Bureau over the years to develop cotton policy that
has been beneficial to producers and he has given selflessly of his time
to help farmers all over Mississippi.”
Many advancements in cotton production have taken place with Dr. McCarty’s
guidance including the increased use of defoliants that prevent regrowth,
the use of plant growth regulators, and the use of reduced till and no
till methods of production.
But perhaps the greatest advancement that Dr. McCarty helped initiate
was the eradication of cotton’s number one pest, the boll weevil.
“I think last year we only found 3 boll weevils in the state caught
in traps,” said Dr. McCarty. That has been a tremendous help to
the Mississippi cotton farmer.
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor Farm Bureau bestows
on an individual and it is reserved for someone who has truly made a difference
in the lives of Mississippi farmers.
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.