Manatee County Rancher is Florida Farm Bureau’s Volunteer Communicator of the Year

November 2023

Jim Strickland, owner of Strickland Ranch in Manatee County has been recognized for his dedication to Florida agriculture. He is Florida Farm Bureau’s 2023 Volunteer Communicator of the Year.

This prestigious honor recognizes a Farm Bureau volunteer who has made exceptional efforts to communicate the many ways agricultural production benefits all Floridians. Florida Farm Bureau President Jeb S. Smith presented the award at the state organization’s annual meeting on Oct. 26 in Orlando.

Strickland was among ten volunteer communicators who were nominated for this prestigious award. Strickland’s dedication extends from his local community to traveling the state, engaging with environmental organizations, policy makers and the general public. He opens his ranch for educational tours, helping foster a deeper understanding of sustainability and agriculture.

Strickland has served on numerous local, state and national boards to help share the environmental benefits of farms and ranches to Florida.  He was past president of the Florida Cattleman’s Association and was named “Outstanding Agriculturist” in 2010. He also served on the Manatee County Farm Bureau board for more than 30 years.