Nov. 4, 2014
Gainesville, Fla. –Third -generation plant producer Corey Lambert of Hardee County received the 2014 Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement in Agriculture Award at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach on Oct. 30.
Lambert oversees Buckhorn Nursery, a 120-acre nursery in Hardee County. The plant production facility was started in 1959 by Lambert’s grandfather and has since become one of the largest ornamental plant nurseries in Florida.
Lambert was judged on his farm operation and growth, the financial progress of the operation and his Farm Bureau and community leadership.
“We are extremely proud of Corey and his family,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick. “This award recognizes the commitment and passion that Corey shows to agriculture each and every day.”
Lambert will represent Florida in the national competition at the American Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in San Diego Jan. 11-14. As the state winner, Lambert received an all-expense paid trip to the event, a $500 check and a 2015 Chevy Silverado 4×4 Crew Cab pick-up truck, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Companies.
Trevor Bass, owner of Bass Farms of Alachua County, and Doug and Deanne Carter of Suwannee County, poultry and cattle producers, were finalists for this prestigious award. They each received a $1000 check, also courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18-35 and be full-time agricultural producers. Finalists are evaluated on the financial stability and development of their respective farm enterprises as well as their leadership in Farm Bureau and their local communities.