Annual Meeting Celebrated Volunteerism


The 78th Annual Meeting took place at the Caribe Royale in Orlando Oct. 30-Nov. 1 recognized many volunteers for their outstanding achievements. Young Farmers and Ranchers Jake and Tiffany Sache of Levy County won the Achievement in Agriculture Award, while Kyle and Alisha Patterson of St. Lucie County received the Excellence in Agriculture Award and Pete Dola of Levy County placed first in the Discussion Meet. The young farmers will advance to the national competitions in Austin, Texas at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Jan. 17-22, 2020.

The meeting included a Youth Speech Contest, member benefits showcase, breakout sessions, legislative awards for lawmakers Sen. George Gainer and Rep. James Grant, the Commissioner of Agriculture’s Ag-Environmental Leadership Awards Breakfast and the adoption of policies for the new year by Farm Bureau member delegates.

Next year’s annual meeting will be Oct. 21-23 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. To view photos of the event, visit