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Love given Distinguished Service Award by Farm Bureau
Former County Agent and longtime Extension employee Joe Love has been
named the winner of Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award for
2009 at the organization’s annual meeting on December 6.
Love retired from the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service after
30 years of service to Mississippi agriculture and was coordinator of
the state’s largest farm show, the Delta Ag Expo, for many years.
Love passed away on March 26, 2009.
Farm Bureau President David Waide said, “Joe Love has worked closely
with farmers across this state for many years and was instrumental in
starting the Rice Promotion Luncheon in Cleveland which has become a wildly
successful annual event.”
After graduating from Mississippi State with a degree from the College
of Agriculture, Love began his Extension career as Assistant County Agent
in Washington County. He worked with 4-H clubs and volunteer leaders and
helped kids purchase show animals that would do well in county, district
and state livestock shows.
Love was a very active participant in the Mississippi Association of
County Agricultural Agents, serving in all the offices of leadership and
he received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 1987.
Love was awarded the prestigious Extension Worker of the Year Award in
1998. He served Extension well for 30 years before retiring in 1999, but
he did not quit serving agriculture. He continued to be involved in the
local Cattlemen’s Association and other volunteer roles. He also
went to work for Pioneer – just another way to serve the agricultural
industry he loved so much.
“When it comes to being a service to the farmers of Mississippi,”
said Waide, “there are very few individuals who can say they’ve
done more than the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service
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 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.