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First, The Seed

Eleven verses into Genesis Chapter 1, God says, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” First, the seed.

“There are no truer words than Genesis 1:11,” says a person who should know. “It’s more true today than ever. The seed is everything.”

That person is Richard Taylor of Farmers Feed and Supply in Leland, MS. Richard has a unique opportunity to take a look at where the seed industry has been and where it is going. First, he is a seedsman and has been in the family business since he graduated from Mississippi State University in 1974. In 1979, he was elected to the board of directors of the Mississippi Seedsmens Association and ascended to the presidency in 1981. His late father, Jamie, was also a past president and director. After serving as president, Richard remained on the board as an ex-officio member.

“Once you have been president, you are always on the board,” he says. “That’s one of the strongest points of the Mississippi Seedsmens. We have the experience of people who have been involved in the seed industry for years.”

In 1989, he became the association’s secretary-treasurer, and he continues in that capacity. In March, he was named executive vice-president of the Southern Seed Association.

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