Jackson, MS (November 2, 2018) – In Mississippi, agriculture is the number one industry with a seven and a half billion dollar impact on the state’s economy. For that reason, it’s vitally important for our members of Congress to support Mississippi farmers and ranchers with their vote on agriculture related legislation in Washington D.C.

The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is designed to recognize United States Senators and Representatives who vote to pass key legislation identified by the American Farm Bureau Federation up to 70% of the time.

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is proud to announce Representatives Gregg Harper, Trent Kelly, and Steven Palazzo were honored at Thursday’s Fly in to the Farm event at the Mississippi Agriculture Museum in Jackson.

MFBF President Mike McCormick says the Farm Bureau membership is grateful to all three Congressmen for everything they do for agriculture.

“We are proud to honor Congressman Palazzo, Congressman Kelly, and Congressman Harper for their support of Mississippi farmers and ranchers,” said McCormick. “Each one through their respective committee assignments continues to support Mississippi agriculture at a tremendous level whether it’s supporting our economy, farm policy, or opening key trade opportunities. On behalf of all our members, I just want to say thank you.”

All three representatives have been honored multiple times with the Friend of Farm Bureau Award, Palazzo, four consecutively, Kelly twice, and Harper five consecutively. Over the last two years of the 115th United States Congress, American Farm Bureau Federation registered 22 votes relating to agriculture over that time-period.

About Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the largest general farm organization in the state, with more than 192,000 member families in 82 county Farm Bureaus. It is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-partisan organization of farm families seeking solutions to the problems affecting their lives, both socially and economically.

Farm Bureau is organized on a county, state and national level. The policies and programs of Farm Bureau are developed from grassroots recommendations originating from the county Farm Bureau level. From these recommendations, policy resolutions are prepared and submitted to the state Farm Bureau for action at its annual meeting each December.

Resolutions passed on state matters become state Farm Bureau policy. Matters of national interest are forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration.