It was pouring rain outside most of the day , but members of the Delta Council’s board of directors and guests still managed some smiles during their fall meeting at the Charles Capps Center at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss.
Those smiles were stretched a little thin during the luncheon presentation by Steve Elmore, chief ag economist for DuPont-Pioneer, who told attendees that – barring a major weather event – the current low prices could continue for the crops grown in the Delta for some time.
But they were also heartened by a performance of “Amazing Grace” and the national anthem by the Delta State University Chamber Singers, and they were able to laugh at some of the comments about government agencies and Washington provided by Jim Aidala, a former EPA staff member who now works as a consultant for CropLife America.
They also were introduced to Trent Kelly, the attorney and former Mississippi National Guard officer who was elected to represent Mississippi’s First Congressional District last summer. Kelly, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, was the luncheon keynote speaker.
And members of the Council’s Farm Policy Committee heard an update by Matt Scherz, policy director, and Bart Fisher, chief economist for the House Agriculture Committee, who pledged to keep seeking solutions to some of the problems that have arisen with the implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014.
All in all, not bad for a wet, gloomy day in the Delta.
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