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Hyde-Smith given Ag Ambassador Award by Farm Bureau
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven has been named the winner of Farm
Bureau’s Ag Ambassador Award for 2008 at the organization’s
annual meeting on December 5.
Senator Hyde-Smith is a cattle farmer and has represented Senate District
39 consisting of Lincoln, Lawrence, and Simpson counties since 2000.
her time in the Legislature Senator Hyde-Smith has been an advocate for
agriculture and has always been a friend to the farmers and rural residents
of Mississippi,” said Farm Bureau President David Waide. “She
has always been there with an open mind and a listening ear whenever she
has been called on by Farm Bureau.”
“Farm Bureau was particularly pleased by Senator Hyde-Smith’s
impassioned speech in the legislature during the eminent domain debate,”
Waide continued. “She really put the pressure on the senators who
were not with us.”
During that speech, Senator Hyde-Smith told her fellow senators that
voting against the override of Governor Barbour’s veto would be
an unpopular decision back in their home districts.
“If you go back home and run for any office……you better
get yourself a pair of asbestos underwear,” said Hyde-Smith. “Because
somebody is gonna light up your rear end on this one. This is a vote people
The Ag Ambassador Award was created to recognize individuals who have
gone beyond their normal range of activities in promoting Mississippi
agriculture. It’s not presented every year – only when Farm
Bureau feels that it has been earned.
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.