Farm kids don’t often hear the familiar phrase that city kids grow up with: “You’re too young to do it.” As soon as they can walk, they’re feeding the bucket calves; at five, they’re handling sharp tools; at nine or ten, they’re driving the tractor.That’s how Desmond Dodd grew up. Everybody in his family pitched in because that’s what farm families do, and, even today, “can’t” isn’t part of his lexicon. “A farm kid doesn’t know that he’s not supposed to be able to do stuff. You just do it because, well…who else would?” Dodd says.
Marianna-Fla.—Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is providing scholarship opportunities to six High School seniors within its chartered territory including 18 counties in the Florida Panhandle totaling $9,000. The AgVocator Scholarship is given to encourage young AgVocators to use their talents to create stronger communities in the rural areas where they live. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a degree in Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture or Veterinary Medicine. In addition to area of study, consideration will be given to each applicant’s academic aptitude, vocational promise, personal attributes, and leadership qualities.
If ever there was a man who represents all the things appreciated and respected about ag people, it’s Damon Boutwell. This is a guy who’s managed to find that perfect (and often elusive) balance in life. He works at what he’s good at so he can have the means to do what he loves.
The Jay, Florida native grew up on the family farm, caring for cattle and helping with planting and harvesting from a young age. When it came time to go off to college, Boutwell’s love of ag and a gift for math and science led him to major in Agricultural Engineering at Auburn University and ultimately, earn a Master’s in Environmental Engineering.
Read about the local farmers in Jackson County who were honored at the 2017
Jackson County Farm City Breakfast.
During Florida Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, left, presents the 2017 Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award to the proprietors of Cindale Farms
Farms in Jackson County, Wednesday, Nov.1, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach. The award recognizes agricultural producers for outstanding success at conserving and managing natural resources.
Farm Credit of Northwest Florida would like to announce the results of the 2017 election.
There are so many positive reasons to support agriculture in our country and so many great stories to share. Farm Credit encourages farm and ranch families to become “AgVocators” by finding ways to spread the word, get involved, and help keep agriculture going strong. In this article, Farm Credit proudly spotlights Southern Craft Creamery of Marianna, Florida, winners of the 2013 Made in the South award, the 2014 Jackson County Ag Innovator Award, and the 2015 Southern Living Foods award.
Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is excited to be a sponsor for season two of LandLeader® Television, exclusively airing on RFD-TV.
For 34 years, Radford Locklin divided his life into semesters and set his watch by the school bell. In 2004, about the time he was considering retirement from teaching social studies to hundreds of teenagers and serving as the principal of Santa Rosa High School, Locklin’s father passed away. And with that, the longtime educator returned to his roots and took on the role of farm owner.
Farm Credit of Northwest Florida’s Board of Directors is proud to announce the return of $3 million to its 981 member-owners.