Union County Farm Bureau (UCFB) President Ed Shadd has been a part of the farming community nearly all his life, from growing up in tobacco fields to the swine, cattle and timber operation he currently has today.
Shadd has served on the Florida Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 2010 and is particularly proud of his 760 members and their active involvement in bringing agriculture to the forefront of their community.
Agricultural promotion through youth education is paramount to Shadd. UCFB recognizes the value of youth groups such as FFA and 4-H and is a proud sponsor in the Bradford-Union County Youth Fair and Livestock Show that takes place annually during the spring in Starke.
UCFB also participates in the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program that promotes a love of gardening through growing cabbage plants while also exposing children to agriculture hands-on. The UCFB Women’s Committee also participates in youth agricultural education and on Ag Literacy Day the women visit schools throughout the community and read to students.
When asked for his favorite recipe Shadd responds, “Anything chocolate! I love it all.”
46,238 Acres in Farms
$39.9 Million in Revenue Generated by Agriculture and Related Industries
775 Jobs Provided