Chairwoman Stabenow has served in the United States Senate for 13 years.
“In this crucial year when we are trying to write a farm bill which failed to gain passage last year, we are grateful that Chairwoman Stabenow accepted our invitation to be the Keynote Speaker at the 78th Annual Meeting of Delta Council,” said Bill Litton, a Leflore County businessman and agricultural leader.
As the chairperson for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, her committee has jurisdiction over commodity programs, conservation programs, crop insurance, research and education programs, food and nutrition programs, and all agricultural marketing and food inspection programs.
“Ms. Stabenow is a capable and strong leader for agriculture and she has one of the best committee staffs assembled throughout the Committee structure of the United States Senate,” said Dan Branton, the Washington County farmer who serves as chairman of the Farm Policy Committee of Delta Council.
Ranking Republican member of the senate agriculture committee, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran from Mississippi, will introduce Stabenow to the Delta Council audience.
In addition to the keynote by Stabenow, Delta Council will honor more than 100 high school seniors as Delta Honor Graduates with the ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m., located ‘under the tent’ next to the Bologna Performing Arts Center.
Dignitaries such as former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and Delta State University President Bill LaForge will welcome the honor graduates to the Annual Meeting of Delta Council and present them with engraved certificates recognizing them as 2013 Honor Graduates.
“The Delta Honor Graduate event is designed to raise the level of awareness of parents, teachers, and our local communities of the importance of bringing these bright young minds back to the Delta after they have completed their formal and advanced education,” said John Hilpert, who serves as Chairman of the Delta Council Education and Health Policy Committee.
A fried catfish luncheon will conclude the program for the 78th annual event on the grounds of the Quadrangle on the Delta State University Campus.
Sponsors for the 78th Annual Meeting include; BankPlus, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Cotton, Inc., Jimmy Sanders, Inc., Mississippi Corn Promotion Board, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board, and Southern Ag Credit/Mississippi Land Bank.