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 is proud to announce Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith 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 both Senators for everything they do for agriculture.

“We are proud to honor Senators Wicker and Hyde-Smith for their support of Mississippi farmers and ranchers,” said McCormick. “Senator Wicker has been a true advocate in rolling back burdensome regulations by the EPA and championing the need for rural broadband. Senator Hyde-Smith has represented southern agriculture well in the Senate debate of the 2018 Farm Bill. On behalf of all our members, I just want to say thank you.”

For Senator Wicker, this is his twelfth time to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau Award. This is Senator Hyde-Smith’s first Friend of Farm Bureau Award.

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.