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A Year of Achievement is Foundation for the Future
At this time last year I joined Florida Farm Bureau members throughout the state in preparing for our annual
meeting. As always, I anticipated the pleasure of honoring our fine volunteers at these gatherings.
And what a list of award recipients we had. From our Young Farmers and Ranchers and our Women’s programs to our county leaders to our many other Farm Bureau members, there were hundreds of deserving individuals to introduce and thank for their service.
But I could not predict the national recognition our organization would receive. Florida Farm Bureau earned the American Farm Bureau’s Pinnacle Award for 2012.
This award confirmed that we have one of the best Farm Bureaus in the country. Our peers examined the things we do and how we do them and verified the outstanding accomplishments made possible by the collective effort of our volunteers and our staff.
I am convinced that the same level of commitment has been applied this year. We have enjoyed excellent progress in our programs for public policy implementation, leadership development and public outreach.
We have enhanced our membership recruitment initiatives. We have also expanded the training opportunities available for both members and staff.
The real key to Farm Bureau’s strength lies in its people. Our Achievement in Agriculture Award finalists are obvious examples. Alachua County’s Trevor Bass started his farm business with 25 acres in 2006. He now operates a much larger, impressively diverse enterprise and a packinghouse.
Jacob and Danielle Larson of Okeechobee County supply much of south Florida with wholesome
milk. They also maintain a beef cattle ranch. They pursue natural resource conservation as part of their daily work.
Kyle and Marissa Story operate a solid family citrus business in Polk County. Like Bass and the Larsons, their first goal in production is to provide the consumer with the safest, most nutritious food possible.
Somehow, these winning people have managed to allot time for leadership duties outside of their homes and businesses. They volunteer for charitable and educational programs, donating time, labor and money.
Their community-minded spirit has led them to engage in continuous work that benefits their neighbors and colleagues.
They are among the thousands of Farm Bureau members who make our food and fiber every day. They also make our world a better place.
I hope you will join me in congratulating these young people and all of the other great volunteers at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2013 Annual Meeting later this month.