The owner/operator of a farm as well as an environmental service business, he has a special perspective on state policy issues. His knowledge of agriculture has made him an influential advocate for farm families in the statehouse.
Simpson said the 3,750 member families in the Pasco County Farm Bureau join him in supporting educational and recognition activities for young people throughout the year. “We’re deeply invested in our community and excited to help support these future leaders,” he noted.
One example of this investment has appeared in the time and attention local Farm Bureau leaders devote to high school graduation and scholarship presentation ceremonies.
This year the local board of directors has begun implementing FFB’s CARES program in the area. Simpson said the board understands the importance of communicating the natural resource conservation benefits farms and ranches provide surrounding towns and cities. CARES recognition for farm owners is a top priority for the organization.
“The majority of the wellfields which supply drinking water to the Tampa Bay area are located in Pasco County,” he explained. “We think it is important for our fellow citizens to know that our members are good stewards of the land and that they have adopted BMP protocols.”
Prize Pecan Pie
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup white Karo syrup
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1 cup chopped Farm Bureau pecans
1 large pie shell, unbaked
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Mix eggs, sugar, syrup and butter thoroughly
Add pecans and mix well
Pour the combined ingredients in the pie shell
Bake approximately 50 minutes
Pie will not be firm in the center, but it will become firm after it cools
(Originally from Mazie Prevatt, Baker County)