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Steve Cummings given Distinguished Service Award by Farm Bureau
JACKSON - Longtime Extension County Agent Steve Cummings from Yalobusha
County has been named the winner of Farm Bureau’s Distinguished
Service Award for 2011 at the organization’s annual meeting on December
Cummings grew up on a cattle farm and from a very early age knew that
he wanted a career in some form of agriculture. He spent all of his 31
years with the Extension Service in Yalobusha County, starting as a 4-H
agent and culminating his career as County Director.
“I’m probably one of the few male agents that ever went to
one county and stayed there the whole time,” said Cummings. “But
when you find out you are going to the right place, you know, you’re
going to do that.”
Farm Bureau President Randy Knight said that Cummings worked closely
with Farm Bureau his entire career and helped develop young people in
“Steve saw what Farm Bureau had to offer and knew that he had young
farmers in his county that could benefit from participating in many of
the Farm Bureau contests,” said Knight. “Steve saw it as a
way to develop them as leaders and showcase them.”
Over the years, Steve mentored four statewide Young Farmer Achievement
Award winners and three statewide Discussion Meet winners. He also helped
surface two Miss Farm Bureau winners and numerous regional and statewide
Talent Show winners.
“This is one of the biggest honors I’ve ever received. What
it means to me is not what I’ve done but what all the folks I’ve
worked with have done,” said Cummings. “The young farmers,
the queen contestants, discussion meet entries, the farmers, the general
public of the Yalobusha County have made me what I am. I feel like this
is just a reflection on the county and the agriculture industry in Yalobusha
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 197,000 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.org.