PCFB: President’s column

Representatives from the Polk County Farm Bureau attended Florida Farm Bureau Days in Tallahassee on March 18 and 19 and met with the Polk delegation on legislative issues effecting agriculture businesses. With the session just past the halfway mark, I encourage our members to visit Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/flfb/home/ to track bills and stay involved in the legislative process. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

Mark your calendars to hear from our Polk delegation on bills that passed and failed this session at our at our Legislative Wrap-up Luncheon on Monday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m. at the W.H. Stuart Center in Bartow.

Tickets to the May 10 Harvest Celebration Dinner are now on sale. Be sure to contact a PCFB board member or call the Bartow office at (863) 533-0561 to reserve your tickets before the event is sold out.

Don’t forget Ag Literacy Day, scheduled for Tuesday, April 30. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. and the Florida Department of Agriculture have created this year’s new book, titled “Florida’s Farm History,” commemorating the 500th year anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida and the role agriculture has played in the state’s history. To sign up to present on Ag Literacy Day, contact Carole McKenzie at (863) 533-0561 or e-mail carolem@pcfb.org.

Young Farmer and Rancher Scholarship applications are now being accepted and are due to the Bartow office by May 15. Since 1996, more than $12,000 in aid has been given to graduating seniors interested in a career in agriculture. For an application, visit the PCFB website at www.pcfb.org or contact Carole McKenzie at carolem@pcfb.org or (863) 533-0561.

The PCFB Ag Deputy Luncheon was held April 11. This event is always a great opportunity to meet with Sheriff Grady Judd and our agriculture deputies one-on-one for updates on crime trends and tips on ways to better protect your business and property. Our thanks to Sheriff Judd and the ag deputies for their commitment to the agriculture industry.

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column by LES DUNSON, III

BIO: Les Dunson, III is president of the Bartow-based Polk County Farm Bureau. [/emember_protected]