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Most Floridians Share Farm Bureau's Values
The heat of late summer in Florida makes fall seem far away. But the position of the sun in the sky and waning daylight hours hint at the seasonal change ahead.
Like everyone else who works outdoors, I look forward to cooler temperatures. The gradual cool down seems to give everyone a boost, from farms to urban shops and stores.
Farm Bureau members have traditionally marked the approach of the fall season by hosting their local annual meetings. From August through early October most county Farm Bureaus welcome residents in their communities at public gatherings for food and fellowship.
The annual meetings also give members opportunities to conduct organizational business, elect directors and officers and recognize the accomplishments of various individuals during the past year. Outstanding farm families, young people who have attained exceptional goals and numerous dedicated volunteers receive awards for their good work.
Some annual meetings will also feature the introduction of agricultural producers who have earned a special honor from Florida Farm Bureau’s County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) Program. CARES award recipients have implemented state-of-the-art natural resource management systems on their properties. Outside experts have verified the effectiveness of these systems at conserving and protecting our state’s natural resources.
At many of the county meetings visitors will also notice a diverse spectrum of local residents who attend. There is a reason why they show up – beyond the food and fellowship.
Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization that endorses values most Floridians share. We support private enterprise, individual initiative and volunteer service in our communities. We search for incentive-based strategies to solve problems, instead of the formulation of a maze of regulations. We endorse the pursuit of lawful economic success by all individuals, regardless of their specific occupation.
Most Farm Bureau members cherish the private, spiritual dimension of experience. The founders of this nation celebrated and protected it without elevating a specific faith above others. We hold that tradition close, respecting the personal right of belief among our members.
Florida Farm Bureau also shares a central public policy objective with all residents of our state. We want to help build a better place for the future while our farmers and ranchers continue producing food, fiber and renewable fuel for the world. The entire effort of our staff and volunteers is directed toward that purpose.
I plan to attend a number of county Farm Bureau annual meetings around the state. I look forward to congratulating our members in person for their many successes during the past year.