Farmer Receives Florida Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award

November 5, 2018

Florida Farm Bureau has recognized Duval County Farm Bureau member Dalton Dowdy with its most prestigious honor.

A director of the local Farm Bureau and a former Florida Farm Bureau board member, Dowdy has been named a recipient of the state organization’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The award was announced during Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in St. Augustine on Oct. 24.

Dowdy worked as a North Florida milk inspector for more than 20 years. His attention to detail helped producers maintain their operations during periods of low market prices.

He has devoted much time and energy to serving the agricultural community as a tireless ambassador. He has held positions on the Duval County 4-H Foundation, the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Advisory Board and the Jacksonville-Duval County Agricultural Council, among many other organizations.

Dowdy’s unusually gifted skill as a craftsman with wood has given him a national reputation as a wagon and carriage builder. His creations have been used by major corporations and companies that operate in various historic districts throughout the Southeast.

“One of the people who wrote a letter of support for Dalton’s nomination described him as friendly, humorous, honest, dedicated and helpful,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick. “Anyone who knows Dalton would agree with this description wholeheartedly. He has been a vital force of leadership and support in the Farm Bureau organization for many years. I am very proud to present Dalton this award on behalf of our membership.”