Clayton Lyons represents District 3 on the Florida Farm Bureau State Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Group. Counties in his district include Columbia, Baker, Nassau, Union, Bradford, Duval, Clay, Putnam and St. Johns.
Lyons is a fourth generation Floridian and Baker County native and at just 23 years old, an accountant at Lyons & Lyons CPAs in Macclenny. The firm serves many types of clients including agriculturists in the area.
The Lyons family grows timber, raises Brangus cattle and in a partnership with friends in Alachua County, they raise show pigs. “We have more than 50 head of sows currently and our goal is to raise 300 show pigs per year and market them all over the Southeast,” he said.
“It’s a fun thing to be involved in,” Lyons said. “We ignite a fire in youth about ag and get them involved in it.” He started raising pigs in 2007 with his father and credits much of his success to FFA.
During his senior year in high school, he received FFA’s Star State Farmer of the Year award, a recognition given to an FFA member who masters skills in Supervised Agricultural Experiences in the areas of production, finance, management and/or research.
Lyons serves on the Baker County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and chairs the Baker County Young Farmers and Ranchers, an up and coming group. “I always wanted to be on the state leadership group and it was District Field Rep. Greg Harden who persuaded me to apply,” he said.
In his new role as a state YF&R representative, he is excited to get young people involved in Farm Bureau and share what the YF&R program can offer.
His county Farm Bureau sponsors a jackpot show for swine exhibitors every year in August called Swine in the Pines. The three-day event is a fundraiser for FFA youth programs and is held at the Baker County Fairgrounds.
“It grows every year,” Lyons said. “It’s a great opportunity to unite our Farm Bureau members and local FFA alumni.” He is proud to be a Florida farmer and stated that “although I am a small piece, it still feels great to contribute to our state’s economy.”