PCFB President’s Column: Bureau off to a busy start for 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Polk County Farm Bureau is already moving full speed ahead in 2015, having held our Legislative Appreciation Luncheon with elected officials on January 13. Our special thanks to the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association for co-hosting this event with us each year.

Don’t forget to support our local youth at the Polk County Youth Fair, January 24-30! For more information and a schedule of Youth Fair events, visit www.pcyf.net.

As previously announced, we will hold the Polk Agriculture Economic Summit event on February 26, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City, where the results of the UF Food & Economic Resources Department’s Polk Agriculture Economic Impact Study will be presented.The cost to attend is $20 per person, and reserved tables of 10 are available. A special menu featuring Fresh From Florida products will be served. Call Lori Kuehl at (863) 533-0561 or email her at lorik@pcfb.org to RSVP. A special thanks to our partners in the Economic Impact Study and the Summit Event, CenterState Bank, The Central Florida Development Council, The Mosaic Company, Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., Dundee Citrus Growers Association, Warner University, and Florida Farm Bureau.

We will hold our annual Ag Deputy Luncheon on March 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the W.H. Stuart Center in Bartow. If you would like to attend, please RSVP Lori Kuehl at (863) 533-0561 or email her at lorik@pcfb.org.

As always, Polk County Farm Bureau will continue to work to promote and protect the business interests of Polk farmers and ranchers. In March, representatives of PCFB, along with other farmers and ranchers from around the state, will meet with legislators in Tallahassee as part of Florida Farm Bureau’s Legislative Days, March 17 and 18.

We are also making plans for the 2015 Agri-Fest event. This year’s Agri-Fest will take place April 6-10 and 13–18. Volunteers are needed! If you would like to volunteer to help Polk County fourth-graders learn about agriculture production in Florida, please contact Lori Kuehl at (863) 533-0561 or email her at lorik@pcfb.org.

The help of our supporting industries and community partners is critical if we are to continue to educate citizens about the importance of agriculture to our economy and our community. Sponsorships from our industry partners are critical to these efforts. Sponsorship brochures with 2015 exposure opportunities for your business are now available for your consideration. Please contact Carole McKenzie at (863) 533-0561, ext. 111, or email her at carolem@pcfb.org for more information.

Sincerely,

KYLE R. STORY
President, Polk County Farm Bureau