Two ag committee chairmen in the Mississippi legislature were honored by the Farm Bureau organization with its Friend of Agriculture Award for their work on behalf of the state’s farmers.

Billy Hudson, Hattiesburg cattleman and chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was recognized for his work on a number of issues, including immigration reform, animal cruelty laws, and agritourism.

 “Chairman Hudson has worked hard with Farm Bureau,” said Randy Knight, the state organization’s president. “His work on the issue of animal cruelty helped Farm Bureau come to a compromise on a bill that will protect animals, but also keep farmers in business.”

Hudson represents Senate District 45, comprised of Forrest, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, and Stone counties. He also serves as vice chair of the County Affairs Committee and is a member of the Finance, Rules, and Conservation and Water Resources Committees.