Monday, May 18, 2009

FL Elected Officials Learn About Ag

County leaders learn about agriculture first-hand
By Joe VanHoose Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 6:28 p.m.

A bus-full of Marion County, FL leaders picked blueberries at the B&G Blueberry Farm in Fort McCoy under the rising sun and temperatures Friday morning.

The sweet and tart berries served as dessert after the morning's main course - orchestrated by the Marion County Farm Bureau - to let community leaders know what the county's farmers are doing.

The bus stopped at Seminole Feed in downtown Ocala, at a timber business north of Anthony, and at the blueberry farm. County commissioners, School Board members and state representatives opened their minds to learn about producing equine feed, thinning out forests and differentiating between rabbit eye and high bush blueberries.

They also got a taste of what county farmers are going through and how important their survival is. Read More

I’ve said before that there are everyday opportunities to promote agriculture if we look for them. That is why I try to highlight what some people are doing. Hopefully these stories will spur some ideas that you can use in your own communities. Congratulations to the Marion County Farm Bureau in Florida for showing their local leaders the importance of agriculture.

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