Local Farmers Recognized for Environmental Stewardship Efforts

November 2020

Florida Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to honor 22 farmers and ranchers with the County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award for their outstanding natural resource conservation.

The recipients honored are:

Robert Capote, Capote Cattle Company in Alachua County

Ray Norman, Rockin N Farms in Bradford County

Joe Tillman, Tillman Farms in Calhoun County

Terry Dicks, Bar D Ranch in Columbia County

Travis Miller, DeSoto Grove in DeSoto County

Alan Heinrich, Tree Town USA in Flagler County

Myles Langford, Myles Langford Farm in Gilchrist County

Dale Sult, ND Farm Cattle Co. in Hamilton County

Marlon Pendergrass, The Groves of Peace River in Hardee County

Joan, George & Jeffrey Casey, JG Ranch in Hernando County

Ryan Ziglar, Lazy Acres Family Farm in Jackson County

Calvin Moody, Jeffco Dairy, LLC in Jefferson County

Tom Gardner, Big House Farms, LLC in Lafayette County

Travis Page, Hutto Pond Farms, LLC in Madison County

Michael Stokes, Stokesville Family Farm in Nassau County

Gary Holley, Holley Farms in Okaloosa County

Doug Doran, Magnolia Hills in Putnam County

Donnie “Frank” Lowry, Lowry Farms in Santa Rosa County

Ben Wells, Ben Wells Produce, LLC in St. Johns County

Amy Burgey & Gary Cohen, Gan Eden Farms in Suwannee County

W.D. Andrews, W.D. Andrews Hay Farm in Union County

Trevor Starling, Starling Nursery in Volusia County

The CARES program was established by Florida Farm Bureau and the Suwannee River Partnership in 2001 to recognize superior natural resource conservation by agricultural producers. The program relies on the action by farmers and ranchers to implement state-of-the-art natural resource management systems, or Best Management Practices, on their properties.

“It is imperative to recognize all Florida farmers who go the extra mile in caring for natural resources,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John L. Hoblick. “The CARES award is our way to honor these farmers and ranchers and bring awareness of production agriculture’s commitment to superior natural resource management.”

Florida farmers and ranchers depend upon the life-sustaining capacity of the natural resources they manage to maintain their livelihoods. More than 800 agriculturists statewide have received the CARES award since the program was established.

In partnership with more than 60 public agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource and Conservation Service, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida’s water management districts, agricultural organizations, businesses and local government, CARES has become a model nationwide.