What is in this article?:
- Dairyman Randy Knight will head Mississippi Farm Bureau
- Computerized feeders offer advantages
- Expanded communications effort
Randy Knight, a third generation dairy farmer at Pelahatchie, Miss., has been elected president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, succeeding 14-year veteran David Waide, who is retiring at the end of December
Computerized feeders offer advantages
“The computerized feeders save a lot of labor and they are more economical,” he says. “We try to stay up on the latest equipment in order to farm more efficiently.”
Despite a precipitous decline in the number of Mississippi dairies, including a number that went out of business in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Knight says he loves the business and plans to keep at it as long as possible.
“Dairy farms that survive in these difficult times will be the forage-based operations,” he says. “Our dairy depends on ryegrass in the winter and summer grasses like fescue and bermudagrass. We summer graze and put up our own hay for the winter.”
Knight proudly says, “We’ve never been in debt, and that also helps. We don’t buy equipment unless we can afford to pay for it.”
He says Farm Bureau gives farmers “a stronger voice on issues that matter” and has been a help to them in difficult times.
“Farm Bureau is our best voice in agriculture. Since farmers numbers in the U.S. have slipped to only 2 percent of the population, it’s more important than ever that we work together to insure that our collective voices are heard.”
Work already under way on the 2012 farm bill, animal welfare issues, and the nation’s dwindling farm numbers are just a few of the many challenges that concern the farming community, Knight says.