Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
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Greg Gibson, Coordinator
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Farm Bureau concludes 88th annual meeting
JACKSON – Nearly 750 Farm Bureau members, representing the state’s
82 county Farm Bureaus, took part in the three-day meeting where, in addition
to the election of officers and directors, the delegates adopted policy
to guide the organization’s efforts during 2010. Policies relating
to national issues will be forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation
for consideration at its annual meeting, which is scheduled for Seattle,
WA, in mid-January.
The delegate body identified several areas of interest as priority issues
for the upcoming year including the opposition of unfunded mandates, continued
support of land grant university budgets, and support of the boll weevil
Newly elected or re-elected directors on the MFBF Board include Dr. Jim
Perkins, Iuka; B. A Teague, New Albany; Coley Bailey, Coffeeville; Wanda
Hill, Belzoni; William Jones, Meridian; Stanley Williams, Mount Olive;
Moody Davis, Crystal Springs; D. P. O’Quinn, Purvis; and Clifton
Hicks, Leakesville. Clint Russell of Cleveland will sit on the Board due
to his election as Young Farmer & Rancher Committee chairman. Betty
Mills of Winona was elected State Women’s Committee Chair and will
represent the Women’s Committee on the State Board.
Jason and Lindsey Ellzey of Ellisville were selected as Farm Bureau’s
Young Farmer Achievement Award winner and will travel to Seattle to represent
Mississippi in the National Young Farmer Achievement Award competition.
Shea Whitfield of Belzoni won the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, an event
that challenges contestants’ discussion skills and their ability
to persuade others to see their side of an issue. He will also compete
in the national competition in Seattle in January.
Farm Bureau’s highest award, the MFBF Distinguished Service Award,
was presented to the family of former County Agent and County Extension
Director Joe Love who passed away in March of 2009. A graduate of Mississippi
State, Love worked for the Extension Service in Washington, Bolivar, and
Lowndes counties during his 30+ years of working for agriculture. He is
widely known for his work in establishing the Rice Promotion Luncheon
in Cleveland which has become an annual event.
The Excellence in Leadership Award went to Kenneth Hood of Bolivar County
for his many years of dedicated service to agriculture in Mississippi.
State Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Lincoln County was given the Ag Ambassador
Award for her work in promoting agriculture and Mississippi. She was particularly
cited for her impassioned speech on the floor of the Senate urging Senators
to override Governor Barbour’s veto of the eminent domain reform
There were two recipients of the Friend of Agriculture Award. Senator
Joey Fillingane of Lamar County and Representative Johnny Stringer of
Jasper County received the award for their support of agriculture and
Farm Bureau in the Mississippi Legislature.
In other meeting activities, Kelly Langford of Madison County, a physical
therapy major at Ole Miss, was selected as Miss Farm Bureau - Mississippi
in a competition with 7 other contestants from around the state. Langford
will serve as a spokesperson for Farm Bureau during the next year.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 209,000 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.