Nov. 1, 2013
Gainesville, Fla. – Thomas Jesse Godbold, Sr., received Florida Farm Bureau’s highest honor at the organization’s 2013 annual meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick presented Godbold with the Distinguished Service Award during the President’s Award Banquet on Oct. 23. The award honors Florida agriculturists for their contributions to farming in the state.
Godbold is a resident of Green Cove Springs and has devoted his entire life to the betterment of his community and state through his profession in agriculture. The award symbolizes his lifelong contributions to agriculture and the recognition and appreciation of his peers.
“This award honors a man whose name is synonymous with service to his county Farm Bureau and his community,” praised President Hoblick. “He well deserves the Distinguished Service Award.”
Godbold’s agricultural career spans seven decades and is marked by numerous achievements and stories of success. He worked as an Extension agent and full-time farmer while he stayed involved in multiple agricultural related activities including 4-H, the Clay County Agricultural Fair, Florida Farm Bureau, Clay County Cattleman’s Association, St. Johns Water Management District and many other organizations.