In an effort to help prepare Mississippi farmers and ranchers for the year ahead, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation will host the 2020 Winter Commodity Conference in Jackson on January 27-28.

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

“We have a great line up of speakers scheduled to discuss relevant topics our members need to know about for 2020,” MFBF President Mike McCormick said. “We’re looking forward to hosting a large group of members for the conference.”

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 27. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the current status of Mississippi forestry, how to enhance the investment of timber processing facilities and where experts see the future of the Mississippi forestry industry.

The livestock segment will begin at 1 p.m. on January 27. Members will hear from Dr. Che Trejo, a Zoetis Tech Service Veterinarian, about the responsible use of antibiotics in livestock, while Mississippi State University veterinarian Dr. Jim Watson will discuss the new Trich Regulations.

The row crop segment will begin at 10 a.m. on January 28 with an international trade policy update from Veronica Nigh, American Farm Bureau Federation Trade Economist, in addition to a national farm policy update from National Cotton Council of America’s Vice President for Producer Affairs Craig Brown. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture will then present members with program updates.

To view the full agenda, click here.