Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
Agricultural News and Information
Mississippi Farm Bureau Dissents from American Farm Bureau Federation
on Farm Policy Position
Jackson, MS---The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors
voted unanimously today to formally dissent from the American Farm Bureau
Federation policy over its current language concerning the upcoming Farm
Farm Bureau President Randy Knight said, "We feel like the American
Farm Bureau Federation's policy on the Farm Bill did not adequately address
the needs of Mississippi producers. We have notified AFBF that we will
work with our congressional delegation in a different direction on farm
policy that better addresses the risks and hazards that we face in Mississippi."
In a long discussion during the policy development session, Mississippi
voting delegates offered several amendments at that would have allowed
AFBF to be more flexible in farm policy, taking into consideration some
regional and commodity differences. Ultimately that effort failed.
“The board felt like formally dissenting from policy was necessary
to better represent our members during the important Farm Bill negotiations,"
said Knight. "We look forward to working with other states and our
Mississippi congressional delegation on a Farm Bill that takes into consideration
the needs of all commodities in Mississippi."
Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm
organization with more than 199,000 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.