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Knight elected president of Mississippi Farm Bureau
JACKSON – Randy Knight, a dairy farmer from Pelahatchie in Rankin
County, has been elected president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.
Knight is a graduate of Hinds Junior College with a degree in farm management,
and attended Mississippi State University, where he studied dairy science.
He operates a dairy in Pelahatchie and also runs 400 head of stocker calves
and manages several hundred acres of pasture and timberland.
“The 2012 Farm Bill, animal welfare, and our nation’s dwindling
farm numbers are just a few of the many challenges that concern our farming
community,” said Knight. “I am going to emphasize our Ag in
the Classroom Program. We must reach our children at an early age with
agriculture’s story. I will strengthen our Young Farmers and Ranchers
program because today’s young adults are tomorrow’s agricultural
leaders. I will continue to support our ag media campaign because it has
proven to be an effective means of educating consumers about agriculture.”
Knight, 48, served a three-year term as president of Rankin County Farm
Bureau. He also served on the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF)
Board of Directors for two years and is currently serving his fourth year
as MFBF Central Mississippi Vice President. He is a member of Dairy Farmers
of America and the Mississippi Cattleman’s Association. He serves
on the boards of Grazing Land Management for the Natural Resource Conservation
Service, the Southeastern United Dairy Association, and the Neshoba County
“I am optimistic about the future of farming, but we can not rest,”
said Knight. “We must continue to work together, with an open line
of communication between county leaders, state officers and MFBF staff,
to ensure that our organization remains strong, representing the interests
of all Mississippi farmers for many years to come.”
Knight is an active member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church. He
and his wife, Mary, have two daughters.
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 204,000 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.