Mississippi Farm Bureau members re-elected Mike McCormick as their president, retained their three regional vice presidents and adopted new policy guidelines during their annual meeting that concluded in the state Capitol today (Dec. 6).
McCormick, a cattle and timber farmer from Union Church in Jefferson County, was unanimously re-elected to a second two-year term as resident of the statewide agriculture organization. Donald Gant, North Mississippi vice president; Ted Kendall, IV, central Mississippi vice president; and Reggie Magee, South Mississippi vice president; all were unanimously re-elected.
Newly elected or re-elected directors on the MFBF Board of Directors include Mike Graves of Tippah County; Preston Arrington of Sunflower County; Neal Huskison of Pontotoc County; Joe Huerkamp of Noxubee County; James Rasberry of Attala County; Max Anderson of Newton County; Josh Miller of Sharkey County, Noble Guedon of Adams County, Larry Jefcoat of Jones County and Perry Meyers of Jackson County.
Luke Andrews of Bolivar County will sit on the Board as Young Farmer & Rancher Committee chair.
Nearly 700 Farm Bureau members, representing the state’s 82 county Farm Bureaus, took part in the three-day meeting where, in addition to the election of officers and directors, the delegates adopted policy to guide the organization’s efforts during 2017. Policies relating to national issues will be forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration at its annual meeting.
Levi and Shannon Rogers of Covington County were selected as Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award winners. Jessica Graves of Oktibbeha County was selected as the Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award winner. Strider McCrory of Sunflower County won the Young Farmer Discussion Meet, an event that challenges contestants’ discussion skills and their ability to persuade others to see their side of an issue. All of these winners will compete in their respective areas in the national competition at the annual meeting.
Farm Bureau’s highest award, the MFBF Distinguished Service Award, was presented to Preston Sullivan of Chickasaw County and to Sammy Blossom of Madison County. Mr. Sullivan was a longtime Farm Bureau member, cattleman, and timber farmer. He also has served for 13 years in the Mississippi Legislature including a term as Chairman of the House Ag Committee. Mr. Blossom served as chairman of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association for 16 years.
The Excellence in Leadership Award went to Jan Hill of Chickasaw County for his many years of dedicated service to agriculture in Mississippi.
The Farm Credit System was given the Ag Ambassador Award in honor of their 100th anniversary this year.
The Farm Woman of the Year Award was presented to Jo Lynn Mitchell from Covington County. Jo Lynn and her family run one of the largest agritourism farms in the state located just outside of Collins.
Beth Tillman of Yalobusha County won the Farm Bureau Ambassador competition sponsored by the Women’s Program. Beth will be a spokesperson for Farm Bureau and agriculture during 2017.
For more information about Farm Bureau, visit www.msfb.org.