Six Mississippians were recently appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committees (IACs).

The IACs provide an avenue for Farm Bureau’s grassroots leaders to contribute their expertise on specific issues to the organization’s policy deliberations. Committee members meet in person once per year, and hold additional meetings via webinar or conference calls throughout the program year as needed to discuss new developments on their assigned issues.

Outcomes of the committees’ deliberations include advice and counsel to the AFBF Board of Directors on policy-related actions AFBF might take, recommendations for state Farm Bureau policy development, and policy recommendations to the AFBF Resolutions Committee. Members also provide a bench of issue experts to testify at congressional hearings, meet with lawmakers and communicate with the news media, as requested.

Mississippi’s appointments are Jon Koehler Bibb (Budget and Economy), David Arant (Water), Lonnie Fortner (Farm Policy), Larry Jefcoat (Market Structures), Jo Lynn Mitchell (Organic & Direct Marketing), and Noble Guedon (Technology).

Members of the committees will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a series of meetings on February 20-21.