Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation staff has continued working for its members even if we’ve had to endure many changes over the last few months. Face to face meetings and events are now conducted online or canceled outright.

Each summer the MFBF State Women’s Leadership Committee and Women’s Department lead workshops for teachers across the state to earn continuing education units. In year’s past, these workshops are held twice a summer. In 2020, with Covid-19 still causing illnesses, the workshop was moved online.

“We know it’s disappointing not to see everyone face to face,” said Betty Mills, State Women’s Leadership Committee Chair. “Our favorite part is seeing our wonderful teachers from across the state, but this year, holding the workshop on Zoom made the most sense.”

Even moving the workshop online, thirty-five teachers attended the two-day program.  Presenters included MFBF’s Teachers of the Year from 2019 and 2020, Holly Bailey and Rolando Roman, Dr. Carly Morrison from Mississippi State University, and Emma Winterhalter from the Mississippi Forestry Association. Women’s Leadership Committee members also educated the educators on interesting facts about corn, catfish, the Women’s Department’s contests and scholarships, and fun activities for students.

“The setting may not have been ideal, but I’m proud of our Women’s Department for overcoming a difficult situation and not letting this virus keep us from educating folks about the importance of agriculture in Mississippi,” said Mike McCormick, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President.