As 2018 comes to a close, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is reflecting on ways to better assists its members in 2019. One way the organization plans on doing that is hosting the 2019 Winter Commodity Conference in Jackson on January 28-29.

Members from across Mississippi will have the opportunity to network with each other, learn of upcoming issues facing the industry and discover some helpful resources.

“We are looking forward to hosting our members in Jackson for the Winter Commodity Conference,” MFBF President Mike McCormick said. “Our speakers will be presenting on extremely relevant topics that should be helpful to our farmers and ranchers in 2019.”

The conference will be divided into three segments – forestry and land, livestock and row crop.

The forestry and land segment will kick off at 10 a.m. on January 28. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about CWD from several extension professionals, as well as hear about several NRCS updates from USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service Outreach Specialist Chuck Lea.

The livestock segment will begin at 1 p.m. on January 28 with an update of issues facing the livestock industry from American Farm Bureau Federation Economist Michael Nepveux. Members will then hear a report from Senior Vice President of Informa Economics Jim Wiesemeyer on federal agriculture policy in Washington D.C.

The row crop segment will begin at 9 a.m. on January 29 with a farm bill overview from Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics Head Dr. Keith Coble. Representatives of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture will then present members with program updates.

To conclude the Winter Commodity Conference, members will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions about the grain market, cotton market, the Food Safety and Modernization Act and the United States Department of Labor.