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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 eradication program.

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 bill.

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.

 

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The Mississippi 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.

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