Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick recently testified before the Mississippi Senate Highways & Transportation Committee. McCormick was invited to present on behalf of Mississippi’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities in an effort to convey the importance of rural infrastructure.

“The point of today is for the Highways & Transportation Committee to identify the infrastructure needs and talk about potential resources that could be put toward projects in the future,” McCormick said. “Having these hearings are very beneficial for the senators to learn about the needs of Mississippians.”

In his presentation, McCormick discussed the need for more funding for Mississippi’s infrastructure and the work he did as the Chair of the Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund Advisory Committee. In addition, he touched on the work Farm Bureau has conducted with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, as well as issues grain hauler and lumber trucks continue to face.

“Our members passed policy to support a fuel tax increase a number of years ago,” McCormick said. “They’re very aware of how important infrastructure is to the future of our state. Although Farm Bureau supports that infrastructure revenue stream, it is not the only one. This testimony allowed me to discuss other ideas. We’ll continue to work on the best path forward for solving our infrastructure needs. That’s the most important thing for us.”

Following his presentation, McCormick answered questions from the committee.

“I think, after today, the Senate Transportation Committee will go back and have some discussions about what they heard,” McCormick said. “Hopefully, in the next legislative session there will be some bills dropped that could match our policy.”