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New program launched to boost honeybee population

JACKSON — In light of the decline of honeybee populations around the world, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, in cooperation with several other agricultural organizations, has launched the Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program. This program outlines the basic standards that should exist between farmers and beekeepers when bees are located in or near agricultural production areas. “Mississippi currently produces from 1 ...

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Senate passes Farm Bill; heads to Obama's desk

WASHINGTON — After three years of work, a Farm Bill is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. The Senate passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 yesterday by a margin of 68-32. Both of Mississippi’s senators — Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker — voted in favor of the bill. “Speaking for the farmers of Mississippi, I ...

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State's congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one of the lead negotiators. President ...

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House passes farm-only version of new Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm-only version of the Farm Bill yesterday by a vote of 216-208. Mississippi Farm Bureau president Randy Knight said that although this turn of events on the path to a new Farm Bill was unusual, he is glad to see progress finally made on the bill. “Our farmers needed a Farm ...

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MFBF elections, honors

Randy Knight, a dairy farmer from Pelahatchie, was recently re-elected to his second term as president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation. Donald Gant from Merigold was re-elected as vice president-North Mississippi. Ted Kendall from Bolton was re-elected as vice president-Central Mississippi. And, Reggie Magee from Mt. Olive was re-elected as vice president-South Mississippi. Newly elected or re-elected directors on ...

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Bryant unsure of migrant labor crackdown’s economic costs

Gov. Phil Bryant says he has no idea what the costs would be to Mississippi’s agricultural sector if a tough anti-immigration law caused undocumented immigrants to leave the state en masse as they have in Georgia and Alabama. While Georgia and Alabama sustained serious economic losses from crops that went un-harvested after the workers left, Bryant does not expect that ...

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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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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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