Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
David Waide given Distinguished Service Award by Farm Bureau
JACKSON - Longtime cattle and row crop farmer from Clay County and eighth
president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau, David Waide, has been named
the winner of Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award for 2010
at the organization’s annual meeting on December 5.
Waide served 14 years as Farm Bureau president and led the organization
through many challenging periods including the recovery from Hurricane
Katrina. Farm Bureau led the effort to get fuel to farmers during that
critical time to help them keep their animals from dying and their products
from spoiling. He also helped manage the funds that were donated to the
relief effort and made sure that those funds got to producers in need.
Waide said that his goals as president were to further strengthen the
organization’s voice in the legislature and raise its influence
with regulatory agencies. He said he wanted regulators to understand that
Farm Bureau would only accept decisions based on sound science and not
upon emotion or what someone thought was a good idea.
Waide also supported the Ag Image Campaign that Farm Bureau rolled out
in February of this year. He said this campaign highlighting the Farm
Families of Mississippi was designed to give consumers confidence in the
food supply and the farmers of Mississippi who bring that supply to market.
During his tenure as Farm Bureau President, Waide helped with the writing
of three Farm Bills. These pieces of legislation lay out the rules for
government support of agriculture. These support payment help farmers
compete in a world marketplace and help keep prices low for American consumers.
“David Waide has been a diligent and effective advocate for Mississippi
farmers and livestock producers,” said Sen. Thad Cochran. “David’s
ability to find solutions to problems affecting farmers large and small,
his business acumen, and his public service record have made him a very
“The promotion of agriculture and the success of farm operations
are a priority with him,” said Farm Bureau Vice-President Reggie
Magee. “He is and has been an effective leader for Farm Bureau.”
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 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.