Farm Bureau members in Bolivar County took the time to honor their legislators this week by hosting a recognition breakfast on Monday.

During the breakfast, a large crowd of farmers met with Central District Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons, Senator Sarita Simmons, and Representatives Abe Hudson, Orlando Paden, Tracey Rosebud and Otis Anthony.

Simmons spoke about the importance of funding road and bridge projects, as well as an update on the projects in that area.

“We appreciate Bolivar County taking the time to host their legislators,” Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick said. “Events like this provide our members with the opportunity to discuss issues and educate our state officials on the needs of the agriculture industry.”

On Wednesday, the Mississippi FFA Association also hosted a legislative breakfast in Jackson. All statewide officials were invited to attend to learn more about the importance of agriculture education in schools.

“It’s always good for our agriculture students to explain to our legislators how those classes have impacted them,” McCormick said. “It’s imperative to the future of Mississippi agriculture to continue encouraging students to get involved.”

Key Legislative Bills

The Senate Finance Committee passed SB 2328, authored by Senator Chuck Younger, which increases the maximum amount of money a farmer can borrow through the Mississippi Development Authority’s Emerging Crop Loan Program. The Committee also passed SB 2319, which clarifies the reduced sales tax rate on certain logging equipment.

Senate Judiciary A Committee, chaired by Senator Sally Doty, passed SB 2513, also authored by Younger, which conforms Mississippi’s Livestock Liability laws with the state’s remaining tort law. Currently, when an individual hits livestock on a state or federal highway, the owner of the livestock bears the burden of proof to show they were not negligent in the livestock escaping. This is not the law in any surrounding state or on county roads. The bill would delete this provision.

The Senate Wildlife Committee, chaired by Senator Neil Whaley, met and passed SB 2733, authored by Senator Walter Michel, which allows the Mississippi Wildlife Commission to extend a hunting season (except on migratory birds) through a weekend when a season ends on a Friday evening.

The Mississippi Senate passed a resolution honoring Ted Parker, the 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for Mississippi.

The Mississippi Senate passed a resolution requesting the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Mississippi Levee Board and the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board to take all necessary actions to complete the Yazoo Backwater Pump Project as soon as possible.