President’s Letter


We held our 81st Annual Membership Meeting on October 12 with the theme Polk Agriculture Education:  Growing Forward.  We had a great turnout of members, community stakeholders and educators and appreciate all those who attended. Our special thanks to event sponsors:

AgAmerica Lending
Central Florida Development Council
Crosby & Associates 
Cutrale Citrus Juices USA
The Mosaic Company

We were pleased to recognize Mr. David Byrd, formerly of Polk County Public Schools and Warner University with the Polk County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award for his more than 40 years of service to Polk agriculture education. Congratulations, Mr. Byrd!

We also presented the Ag Teacher and Ag Program of Year Awards with Lexi Sanchez of Bartow High School as Ag Teacher of the Year, and Westwood Middle School as Ag Program of the Year.  

During the business portion of our Annual Meeting, the following board members were re-elected to additional three-year terms:

Larry Black
Scarlett Jackson
Daniel Lanier
Kyle Story
Matt Story

Newly elected to the board of directors for a three-year term is:

Laura Taylor

We also recognized outgoing board member Ellis Hunt for more than 36 years on the Polk County Farm Bureau board of directors.  Thank you, Ellis, for your many years of service!



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Leigh Ann Wynn


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