Farm Bureau Recognizes Polk County Woman with its Highest Award

Nov. 5, 2015

Anne Dickinson, a Frostproof citrus and cattle producer, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by Florida Farm Bureau. The award recognizes a Farm Bureau member who has made outstanding contributions to the Farm Bureau organization as well as Florida agriculture.

Dickinson has served in both official and volunteer roles on multiple county Farm Bureau boards and committees. She has helped to bring agriculture’s message to many generations with her role in establishing the Florida Citrus Women’s organization and the Polk County Agri-Fest, in addition to her countless hours of education outreach in schools.

She was named Florida’s 1994 “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” and has served as mayor and city council member in her hometown of Frostproof.

“Throughout her life, Anne Dickinson has served as a tireless advocate for agriculture and our organization,” Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick said. “Her involvement, which includes service as a member of our board of directors and chairman of the Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, has helped advance Farm Bureau to where it is today.

“Mrs. Dickinson is also known for her extensive knowledge on farm labor issues, her efforts to secure a reliable labor force for agricultural operations and her important role in developing beneficial public policy for farm labor issues,” Hoblick added. “Anne Dickinson is a great woman who absolutely deserves this award.”