Farm Bureau, Miss. State create Cochran agricultural leadership program

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Mississippi Farm Bureau and Mississippi State University have developed the Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program.

The program is open to Mississippi’s young professionals including farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness owners and operators, as well as extended agricultural industry specialists, such as foresters and conservationists, according to a Mississippi Farm Bureau press release.

The first class is scheduled to begin in fall 2017. The program has been developed over the past three years under the direction of MSU Extension Service Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Greenhaw.

“This is a program that I have wanted to see since I was elected Farm Bureau President,” said Mike McCormick, who has been Farm Bureau President since 2014. “The average age of a farmer in Mississippi is nearly 60 now.  We need more people who are interested in being the future of our industry because without a successful agriculture industry, we will cease to be a world leader.”

MSU President Mark Keenum added: “MSU has long benefitted from our partnership on many fronts with the Mississippi Farm Bureau. We commend the Farm Bureau for their efforts to promote agricultural leadership and share their recognition of just how appropriate it is to name this program in honor of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. … (who) has been a real champion of U.S. and global agriculture for decades.”