The team in the agricultural communications department at Mississippi State University had a party to recognize what I consider a remarkable achievement. Since joining Mississippi Public Broadcasting four years ago, I’ve done a fairly extensive review of shows past and present. But I didn’t know the show that had been on the air longer than them all. That show was the reason for the recent party, and I believe there will be many more parties to come.
The good folks in MSU’s office of ag communications produce Farmweek, which is entering its 38th year on MPB and enjoys the distinction of being our longest-running show, for the university’s extension service. As MPB has changed and grown, as technological developments continue to evolve, Farmweek has been right there, consistently producing shows that meet MPB’s mission to educate and inform Mississippians.
No matter where you live, it is not often that a show lasts 38 years on television. But Farmweek churns on week after week with content from experts that agriculturalists have come to rely on. When I was a student at Saltillo High School, I was a member of the Future Farmers of America. FFA’s creed remains in my head to this day: “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.”
Congratulations to the team at MSU and to Farmweek for being an outstanding MPB partner. Like the FFA creed, we look forward to a wonderful future.