Local Commissioner Receives Florida Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award

November 2023

Florida Farm Bureau recognized Highlands County Farm Bureau member Scott Kirouac with its most prestigious honor.

A dedicated and influential figure in Florida agriculture, Kirouac has been named a recipient of the state organization’s 2023 Distinguished Service Award. The award was announced during Florida Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in Orlando on Oct. 25 at the President’s Celebration & Awards Banquet.

Kirouac currently serves as a Highlands County Commissioner and has held several board and committee positions, including serving as president of the Highlands County Farm Bureau and serving on the Florida Farm Bureau Horticulture Advisory Committee.

“Scott is so deserving of the Distinguished Service Award. He is a selfless person who gives himself to service and does it all for the right reasons,” said Florida Farm Bureau President Jeb S. Smith. “He is a shining light in his community, a shining light to Farm Bureau and a blessing to a lot of people.”

His commitment to agriculture extends to nearly three decades. He has served on the Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association Board of Directors, the American Farm Bureau Pest and Invasive Species Issue Advisory Committee and the Florida Climate Smart Agriculture Working Group. He also served on the Heartland Agricultural Coalition Board of Directors and the Highlands County UF/IFAS Extension Advisory Committee.

Kirouac founded Ag Angels, a charitable organization that has raised more than $850,000 to bring joy to underprivileged children during the Christmas season and support youth through scholarships and other initiatives.