Naron receives prestigious Farm Bureau award
by Paisley Boston
Jan 03, 2014 | 663 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland native Robert Naron said that he is proud to be a farmer.

Naron recently received an Excellence in Leadership award from the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.

This award is given out once a year to an individual who has made significant contributions to farming and farming practices.

"Agriculture is the driver in the Delta and Mr. Naron has taken an initiative to ensure that agriculture in Bolivar County remains a driving force. We are very pleased to award Mr. Naron — he is fantastic person and the people of Bolivar County should be very proud. He has done so much for Bolivar County and the state of Mississippi," said Farm Bureau Public Relations Coordinator Greg Gibson.

Naron is a fourth-generation farmer and a member of the Bolivar County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and a former Young Farmer of the Year.

He is the third generation of his family to farm in the Delta.

"I have been active in organizations for 40 plus years and I have always tried to work for the betterment of the farm and my community," said Naron.

Through the years, he has witnessed many changes in agriculture and helped to initiate quite a few of them. 

“I started farming as a full-time job in 1968,” Naron said.

“At that time, my dad encouraged me to join the Bolivar County Farm Bureau and become an active volunteer leader," he added.

Although Naron has received several awards, he said that he believes he does not deserve any of the recognition.

“I also appreciate Farm Bureau’s efforts to take agriculture’s message to consumers. We need to let people know where and how their food is grown and how much it costs to produce it. It is a big business and it is an important business.”

In addition to his volunteer work with Farm Bureau, Naron is an active member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, where he has served as a deacon and in many other leadership positions. 

He has also participated in numerous mission trips.

In 2000, he was given the Delta F.A.R.M. Environmental Stewardship Award and Bolivar County Farm Bureau presented him a Lifetime Honorary Board Member status.

"I have received several awards through the years but each award is priceless to me because I am so passionate about what I do," he said.

The Excellence in Leadership Award was established to recognize those volunteer leaders of Farm Bureau who have made a significant contribution to Farm Bureau and agriculture in Mississippi.

Their contributions have been performed as a result of an unselfish effort to strengthen Farm Bureau and to enhance rural life in Mississippi.

"As a farmer, I try to improve the land and not just take from it. The general public often misunderstands farmers. I don’t think that people actually realize or understand the significance of farmers," said Naron.

"We need to let people know where and how their food is grown and how much it costs to produce it.  It is a big business, and it is an important business. A lot of kids don’t even realize that whenever they walk into a grocery store or go to the clothing store that it all has to start on the farm," he added.

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the largest general farm organization in the state, with 199,502 member families in 82 county Farm Bureaus.

It is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-partisan organization of farm families seeking solutions to the problems that affect their lives, both socially and economically.

Farm Bureau is organized on a county, state and national level.

The county is the nucleus of the organization. It is here that members join by payment of nominal annual dues, which entitles them to a wide range of services and benefits of membership.