Awards & Recognition

Alford Honored as Peanut Farmer of the Year

2013 Peanut Farmer of the Year – Robert Alford Robert Alford is a 3rd generation farmer, who grew up farming peanuts near Two Egg.  As a young man, he decided to leave the farm life and get a “real job” in the oil fields in Louisiana.  It was there Robert met his wife, Carol. After …

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DeFelix Honored as Cotton Farmer of the Year

2013 Cotton Farmer of the Year – David DeFelix David DeFelix is a 4th generation cotton farmer from Campbelton. He learned the art of farming from his father David, and his grandfather Curtis Paulk who taught him how to raise peanuts, corn and beef cattle. After graduating from Graceville High School in 1995, DeFelix began …

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Bishop Recognized for Top Corn Yield

2013 Corn Farmer of the Year – Craig Bishop Craig Bishop has a different story than many traditional farmers, since he was not raised on a farm. Craig attended Grand Ridge High School, graduated in 1985 and attended Chipola College where he received an A.A. degree in Business. It was not until 1992 that Bishop …

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Bar L Ranch Recognized for Top Quality Hay

2013 Hay Farmers of the Year – Bar L Ranch The Bar L Ranch produces their own Bermudagrass hay and round bale silage (baleage), which is quite an undertaking, considering they feed 50 bales of hay per day all winter.  Frustrated with weather and hay quality variation, they switched to putting up baleage, or round …

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Larmore Honored as Agricultural Innovator

2013 Jackson County Agricultural Innovator – Herman Laramore Herman Laramore is the business manager of the Bar L Ranch located near Marianna.  Bar L Ranch is a 1000 head commercial cattle operation that began in 1961 when Herman and his brother Gordon took over the family farming operation. There are many innovations that have made …

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Ballard & Speros Honored as Innovative Small Farmers

2013 Florida Small Farms Innovative Farmers Award– Joseph Ballard & Paul Speros Joseph Ballard and Paul Speros own and operate SB Farms of Malone.  Their operation was one of only three farms from across the state recognized as Innovative Farmers at the 2013 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference, held in Kissimmee in August. …

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Thomas selected for Farm/City Scholarship

2013 Ed Jowers Farm City Scholarship – Whitney Thomas Whitney Thomas grew up in Grand Ridge.  She graduated from Sneads High School in 2013, and currently attends Chipola College.  Thomas is the daughter of Jason and Rhonda Thomas. She is the grand-daughter of Diane and the late Doug Mercer, Jane Thomas, and Jimmy and Linda …

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Jordans honored as Outstanding Farm Family

Outstanding Farm Family  One of the greatest honors is to be selected by your peers as outstanding in your career.  Mike, Steve, and John Jordan were honored as the 2012 Outstanding Jackson County Farm Family at the 39th annual Farm City Day Celebration.  The Outstanding Farm Family is selected each year by Jackson County Farm …

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Johnny & Blane Laramore honored as Cattlemen of the Year

Cattlemen of the Year  Johnny and Blane Laramore were honored as the 2012 Cattlemen of the Year at the 39th annual Farm City Day Celebration held on Friday, November 16.  The Cattlemen of the Year are selected by the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association. Blane and Johnny Laramore are the 3rd generation of Laramores farming and …

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Clay Mixon honored as Conservationist of the Year

Conservationist of the Year  Clay Mixon was recognized as the 2012 Conservationist of the Year at the 39th annual Farm City Day Celebration on Friday, November 16.  The Conservationist is selected by the Jackson District Natural Resource Conservation Service Staff. Clay is a fifth generation farmer, who farms 1500 acres in Northwest Jackson County and …

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