A midyear board of directors meeting of Delta Council will be held on Nov. 14 at the Stoneville, Miss., campus, beginning at 9 a.m.

Gov. Haley Barbour will deliver the keynote address at the noon luncheon, addressing issues facing the area-wide organization, such as transportation improvements, catfish food safety issues, workforce training, adult literacy, and national farm policy.

“We are grateful to Gov. Barbour for carving out time on his schedule to meet with the elected leadership of Delta Council from the 18 Delta and part-Delta counties in northwest Mississippi,” stated Bill Kennedy, president of the regional organization.

Six committees of Delta Council will begin concurrent sessions at 9 a.m. and take policy proposals to the full board at 11 a.m.

There will be a farm bill update at 11:30 a.m. by West Higginbothom, agricultural specialist for Sen. Thad Cochran.

“This organization’s priorities will be formulated and in some cases restated Nov. 14, and the message from this meeting will serve as the compass for all of our actions throughout the remainder of this year,” said Kennedy, Inverness, Miss., cotton ginner and businessman.

Committees related to highways, flood control, educational and health policy, soil and water resources, aquaculture, and farm policy will hear presentations on key issues important to the Mississippi Delta.

Cellular South will sponsor the event.