We give thanks for abundance and collective effort

We give thanks for abundance and collective effort

The holiday season is a time of joy as well as reflection. Like most other Floridians, I will think about the many blessings I have enjoyed in the past year.

One of the most important blessings I will count is the bountiful food available in our society. Thanks to farm families across our state and nation, we can choose from an abundance of nutritious foods throughout the year.

That is a key reason why Florida Farm Bureau members advocate on behalf of production agriculture. If we did not have farmers and ranchers who toiled every day to make something worthwhile from the land, we would not have a comfortable standard of living.

During our state annual meeting in October we proudly recognized many of our members who have contributed so much to that standard. I am especially impressed by our Young Farmers and Ranchers. They are some of the most capable individuals I have ever met.

They will have a major role in maintaining our food abundance in the future. Another blessing that quickly comes to mind this time of year is the willingness of Farm Bureau people to take an active part in making a better life for all of our citizens. They volunteer for almost all worthy causes.

I am always amazed and impressed by the ability of our members to carve out time from their busy schedules to contribute beyond their daily work. They find the hours to participate in Chamber of Commerce activities, March
of Dimes fundraisers, food donations, civic activities that bring citizens together and many other community-based service events.

In this month’s issue of FloridAgriculture readers can find photographs documenting donations to various Ronald McDonald Houses around the state. Spearheaded by Farm Bureau Women, these charitable projects represent months of work to collect funds, pop tabs and supplies.

As proven by our awards banquet at the annual meeting, our county Farm Bureaus have realized notable milestones this year as well. Forty-four of them met their annual membership quotas.

Successful community projects and membership results like these do not just happen. They become realities because of who Farm Bureau members are and what they do.

You make me proud to be a part of this organization. I thank you for re-electing me as your president at the annual meeting. I know that by working together from the stable foundation we have built in Farm Bureau, there is no limit to what we can accomplish in the days and months ahead.