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Hood honored with Excellence in Leadership Award by Farm Bureau
Kenneth Hood of Gunnison, MS, was awarded Farm Bureau’s Excellence
in Leadership Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Jackson
on December 6.
operates a 12,000 acre family farm that has historically been 100% cotton
but with the downturn in the economy, other crop scenarios, and technology
changes he has started raising corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat in addition
to his cotton crop. He just finished harvesting his 50th crop and says
that there have been a lot of changes in farming since he started.
“In the last 10-12 years, I’ve seen more changes than I saw
in the first 40 put together,” said Hood. “Look at how much
equipment has changed. Bigger machines, more efficient machines, and then
you add the precision ag concept—things like variable rate technology—it’s
really change the face of agriculture.”
Hood’s involvement with Farm Bureau has been extensive. He has
served in many capacities at the county level since 1980 and he has held
state and national leadership roles in the cotton commodity area.
Farm Bureau President David Waide said of Hood, “He is one of the
finest and most dedicated leaders that Farm Bureau has. He has provided
Farm Bureau with a vision of the future while maintaining the foundation
of the past.”
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 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.