Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation members and staff are saddened to hear of the passing of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. Cochran was a strong advocate for the Mississippi agriculture industry in Congress for more than 45 years.

Former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran spoke during the 1988 Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.

Cochran was first elected to serve in Washington in 1972 as a representative for Mississippi’s 4th District. He was then elected to the Senate in 1978 as the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election. Cochran was in his seventh Senate term when he resigned in April 2018.

During his tenure, Cochran served on the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1979 to 2018.  He served as Chairman of the Committee from 2003 to 2005 and Ranking Member from 2013 to 2015. Between 1979 and 2018, he contributed to seven Farm Bills enacted into law.

Cochran’s hands can be seen in so many areas of federal agricultural policy.  Specifically, in the Mississippi catfish industry, federal food aid and nutrition programs, agricultural research, and flood control programs.

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation honored Cochran in 1990 with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Over the years, Cochran received hundreds of other accolades from the agriculture community during his time in Congress.

“Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation commends and applauds the lifetime of public service that U.S. Senator Thad Cochran devoted to the citizens of the state of Mississippi,” MFBF President Mike McCormick said. “We truly appreciate all he did for our Mississippi farmers and ranchers.”