Samantha Dailey represents District 4 on the Florida Farm Bureau State Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Group. Counties in her district include Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Flagler, Volusia and Seminole.
Dailey was born and raised in Marion County, Florida’s “Horse Country”. Her family raises thoroughbred horses and beef cattle.
Dailey was raised a farm girl and in school, she was known by her fellow classmates and friends as the “horse girl”. “I am proud to know that I made an impact on my constituents,” she said. “I was and always will be there as an agricultural resource for them.”
Dailey grew up heavily involved in 4-H showing steers, heifers, lambs and rabbits and also participated in public speaking and judging teams. Today, Dailey manages a small herd of beef cattle and aims to produce calves for youth to show at the Marion County Fair each fall.
Dailey explained that her favorite Farm Bureau event is the Marion County Ag-ventures program that takes place in February in conjunction with the Southeastern Youth Fair. “We invite second-grade classes from all over the county to participate,” she said.
This year the program drew over 2,000 participants. “We have different stations that represent different commodities that are produced/grown in our county,” she said. “The students enjoy being able to see, taste, and play games that teach them about where their food comes from.”
Dailey’s personal favorite station is the Beef Booth where a game called “BEEFO” is played, a spinoff of the classic, BINGO. “The game teaches the kids about beef byproducts and how we use them every day,” she said.
Other Ag-ventures stations include horses, blueberries and honeybees and the booths are manned by community volunteers. What makes this Florida country girl “FARM RAISED and FARM PROUD” is her passion for agriculture and surrounding herself with like-minded people that advocate for the thing she is most passionate about.