FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Governor Barbour Makes Appointments to the Soybean Promotion Board

(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointments of Clifton Porter, of Rolling Fork; Newell Simrall, of Redwood; Wayne Bush, of Schlater; Danny Murphy, of Canton; and Morgan Beckham, of Leland, to the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board. The Board is designed to promote the growth and development of the soybean industry in Mississippi by research, advertisement promotions, education, and market development.

“I am proud to appoint these well-qualified individuals,” said Governor Barbour. “Each has extensive experience in the soybean industry, and I feel confident they will serve the people of Mississippi well.”

Clifton Porter is the President and Owner of Wade Farms, Incorporated. He is the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Owner of South Delta Enterprises, Inc., and is a stockholder in the Associated Producers Gin. Porter attended Hinds County Junior College, and went on to attend Mississippi State University. He is a member of the Delta Council, Farm Bureau, and the Mississippi Soybean Association.

Newell Simrall attended the University of Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in business administration. In 1963, Simrall began farming with his father and grandfather. Simrall has served as the President of the Yazoo Valley Environmental Protection Agency Board and as a board member for the Southwest Mississippi Power Association. Currently, Simrall works on his farm, Ballground Plantation, where he grows cotton, some corn, and soybeans.

Wayne Bush received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University, majoring in agriculture engineering. Bush has worked as a partner with New Hope Farms since 1959, and he currently serves as Vice President of Tupelo Plantation, Incorporated. A member of the Leflore County Farm Bureau, Bush also works with the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Farmers Supply Coop, Bank of Commerce, Delta Electric Power Association, Staple Cotton, and Cotton, Incorporated.

Danny Murphy is a soybean, cotton, and corn farmer partner with his father and brother in Madison County. He has been farming since 1974. Murphy is the former President of the Canton Lions Club and was elected to serve as a member of the American Soybean Association Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Soybean Association. Murphy received his Bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Mississippi State University. He is married to the former Jo Anne Smith.

Morgan Beckham graduated from Mississippi State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in landscape contracting. In the spring of 1976, Beckham began to farm with his father. Currenlty, Beckham owns his own farm, which produces rice and soybeans. Married to the former Elizabeth Angle from Fulton, Mississippi, Beckham has two children: Richard and Mari-Chris.

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