Mississippi Farm Bureau delegates will gather in Jackson for their 94th annual convention, Dec. 5-7, with an agenda to set policy for the state’s largest farm organization.
Mississippi Farm Bureau President Mike McCormick, a Jefferson County cattle and timber farmer, announced that there will be a variety of different presentations, seminars, contests, and speakers throughout the convention. McCormick said the adoption of the organization’s policy book, which lays out Farm Bureau’s direction for the coming year, is the most important business of the upcoming convention.
“Mississippi farmers have had an uneven year in the field this year,” McCormick said. “The policies we adopt at this meeting will reflect the membership’s feelings about many issues including ones that affect all consumers.”
The 2015 annual meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, with the statewide Farm Bureau Ambassador Contest and the Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet finals. That session will be followed by a Safety Conference, a Land Meeting, and a cooking demonstration using Mississippi commodities led by a local chef.
At 9 a.m. Sunday morning will be the Women’s Business session which will run concurrently with a Commodity Market Outlook Conference.
Sunday afternoon will feature the keynote address delivered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The Distinguished Service Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award will also be presented at this session along with the Friend of Agriculture, the Ag Ambassador Award, and the Farm Woman of the Year.
The Sunday Night General Session will be at 6 p.m., highlighted by the announcement of the winners of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, the Excellence in Agriculture Award, and the Discussion Meet.
The Business Session will take place on Monday, Dec. 7, at 8 a.m. with the annual report delivered by President Mike McCormick, the adoption of the resolutions that form Farm Bureau’s Policy Book, and the election of officers and directors.