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Mississippi Farm Bureau congratulates MSU Extension on 100 years of service

JACKSON - Every Mississippian comes in contact with agriculture several times a day and most don’t even realize it. From the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the homes we live in, agriculture is a huge part of our lives.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is one of the cornerstones that has kept agriculture on the cutting edge of production and made the lives of all Mississippians better.

“I’m not sure where we would be in Mississippi without the Extension Service,” said Randy Knight, President of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. “They provide current research and information to farmers and consumers in all 82 counties. Without the technology advancements developed through Extension, our farmers would still be light years behind where they are now. We at Farm Bureau have a close relationship with Extension and congratulate them on their 100th birthday.”

On May 8, 1914, the Smith-Lever Act created the Cooperative Extension Service, a nationwide education and research system operating through land-grant universities. Their base programs - agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer education, enterprise and community resource development and 4-H youth development - are the foundation for equipping agriculture and all Mississippians to thrive in the 21st century.

The original Farm Bureau sprang out the Extension education movements across the country. Local Farm Bureaus served as the organizational network needed to further the Extension education efforts of the county agent.

“The 4-H program provides young people the opportunity to learn things with ‘hands on’ experience,” said Knight. “And their research-based education for farmers helped establish and maintain the United States as a leading agriculture-producing nation in the world. Farm Bureau is proud to call Extension our friend.”



The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization with more than 190,000 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

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