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Farm subsidies, other programs face cuts up to $35 billion

Agricultural programs could be cut by $30 billion to $35 billion in the 2012 farm bill, warned Carlisle Clarke, legislative assistant to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in an interview with The Southeast Farm Press. “Last fall, in the debt ceiling discussions, each congressional committee was charged with offering up a package of cuts for programs under their jurisdiction,” he said ...

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Bryant receives award

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation presented its Friend of Agriculture Award to Gov.-elect Phil Bryant of Brandon. Bryant served as the 2008 honorary chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governor’s Association and is a past president of the Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association. He currently serves on the National Lt. Governor’s Association Executive Committee as the Southern Region Republican at Large ...

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Statement election

We might have finally found something Mississippians of every political persuasion can agree on: The use of eminent domain for private economic development is a bad idea. Initiative 31, which will amend the state Constitution to essentially restrict the use of eminent domain to projects of direct public use, earned more than 637,000 votes. The initiative needed 50 percent plus ...

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Mississippi agriculture industry vows new fight against migrant crackdown

With Southern governors and legislatures in a hurry to enact strict immigration enforcement measures, worries have arisen across the region that farm crops will wither in the fields without enough migrant workers to harvest them. That prospect has set up a potential fight in Mississippi between legislators who want to take a hard line against undocumented immigrant workers and agricultural ...

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Farm Bureau chief: Eminent domain push to continue despite lawsuit

The president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation says that organization’s advertising campaign aimed at convincing voters to restrict the state’s use of eminent domain will go forward, even though there is now a chance the initiative won’t even be on the November ballot. Leland Speed, the interim executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, has sued Secretary of State ...

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Milking 150 cows just the start of the day

To the casual observer, there doesn’t appear to be enough hours in the day for Randy Knight. Elected as president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation last December, the 48-year-old Knight isn’t just a figurehead for the organization which is considered the voice for Mississippi farm families. He’s a dairy farmer and rancher himself. “Leaving the farm every day and ...

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Farmers storm the Capitol

Hundreds of farmers from across the state were recently in Jackson to remind any and all lawmakers that agriculture remains Mississippi’s top industry. On March 3, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation hosted the 2nd Annual Ag Day at the State Capitol. The event featured exhibits and food as well as a chance for the agriculture community to get up close ...

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Knight takes over at FBF

Long-time leader Waide says he is going back home to tend to family issues and his ranch For the first time since 1996, David Waide is not the president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. At their annual meeting last week, Farm Bureau members elected Rankin County dairy farmer Randy Knight, 48, to succeed Waide, who did not seek another ...

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Waide sitting out 2011 races

For most of 2010, David Waide’s name came up in any conversation about candidates for statewide office in 2011. Waide, immediate past president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, extinguished that speculation last week when he told the crowd at Farm Bureau’s annual meeting that he would not seek any office in 2011. “I’m going back home,” Waide, who had ...

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Eminent domain ban will be on ballot

JACKSON — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann confirms that an eminent domain initiative will appear on the November 2011 ballot. Hosemann says his office verified that supporters of the measure gathered signatures from 119,692 registered voters. That’s well above the minimum 89,285 needed to put an issue up for a statewide vote. The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation delivered its ...

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