Farm Bureau Mississippi turns 100, plans another 100

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BILOXI, Mississippi (WLOX) — From agriculture to aquaculture, more than a quarter of Mississippi’s economy comes from agriculture. A long-standing state enterprise celebrates the industry and its involvement.

Farm Bureau of Mississippi is the leading insurer for farmers statewide. The company celebrates its 100th anniversary at the Southern Commodity Conference at Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

“We were created 100 years ago to be the voice of the farmer, to be the voice of agriculture here in our state. Mississippi’s number one commodity is agriculture. It always has been and always will be,” said Mike McCormick, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

Like other industries, farmers have been hit by inflation, labor shortages and supply chain issues. However, they say production, especially of meat and poultry, has increased in Mississippi.

“There have been more challenges with fuel prices and everything else going up. Production has been the same, even faster, especially with stores emptying out and people needing stuff,” said Hayden West, a farm owner in Greene County.

Closer to home, you have the lumber industry, which suffered greatly after Hurricane Katrina. A logger said it was starting to pick up.

“The arrival of pellet mills would really give a boost to help prices for juvenile pulp, which has really hurt lumber producers in recent years,” said JB Brown, whose farm is located in the Stone County.

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