Farm Bureau Member Spotlight with David Hafner, Martin County
Representing District 7 on the Florida Farm Bureau State Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Group is David Hafner of Martin County. Hafner, his wife Alicia, and their four sons live in the “Tommy Clements” community just north of Indiantown.
“Our house was built and lived in by Tommy Clements, a rancher and former Martin County Farm Bureau (MCFB) Board of Directors member. The house is one of the oldest in the area. It’s like a little piece of history.”
Hafner, a south Florida native, grew up in an equestrian family. Today, he and his wife own a small beef cattle operation where they also have goats, pigs, turkeys and chickens.
“It’s exciting to know that one day I will get to hand all of this down to my four boys,” Hafner said contentedly. “Our children are the future of agriculture.”
In an effort to diversify his operation, Hafner has recently embarked on a new endeavor, mangoes. “I have been interested in mangoes for a while now,” Hafner explained.
“Recently I reached out to Erickson Farm, a popular family-owned mango grove in Canal Point, and they have been wonderful in providing advice and resources.”
In addition to the farm, Hafner manages a local feed store, Ranch Feed and Pet Supply, in nearby Palm City.
As if juggling a farm, full-time job and four kids wasn’t overwhelming enough, the young farmer from Martin County manages to find time to serve the agricultural community in his district.
Hafner serves as co-chair of the newly-formed MCFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee as well as on the MCFB Board of Directors.
An advocate for youth agricultural education, Hafner works with local 4-H and FFA leaders and is proud to be part of an organization like Farm Bureau that recognizes the need for support of these programs.
“I am all about bringing up the next generation,” Hafner stated. “Ensuring that our youth is educated on the importance of agriculture is something I care deeply about.”
Hafner explains that the time he has spent serving on the State YF&R Leadership Group has been very rewarding. “I am learning so much from our group and we work very well together,” he said.
“Even though we come from very diverse agricultural backgrounds we have found each other’s strengths and it has helped us do a lot of great things.” Hafner has nothing but shining remarks about his fellow YF&R’s and is honored to represent District 7.