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We held our annual Youth Speech Contest on August 23 with 11 great participants who presented their speeches on the topic “In addition to food and fiber, what other positive impacts in your local community can be attributed to agriculture?”  It is always inspiring to hear students’ unique perspectives on topics presented by the Florida Farm Bureau in these contests.  Jasmyn Billano of Haines City Sr. High and Charlie Wood of George Jenkins High School were runners-up in the contest.  Bartow High School student Emma Self is the first-place winner for the second year in a row!  I’m thrilled to report that Emma also won the Florida Farm Bureau District 5 Contest and will now go on to compete at the state level.  Emma will share her winning speech with us at our 80th Annual Membership Meeting on October 6. Congratulations to all students who participated!  

Speaking of the October 6 Annual Meeting, registration to attend is now open for our 80th Annual Membership Meeting. We will also have a Political Rally and Forum prior to the annual meeting:

5-6 p.m.   Political Rally
Mingle with candidates, members, and guests.

6-7 p.m. Political Forum
During the Political Forum, candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their platform and answer member questions. (All 2022 General Election candidates invited)

7 p.m. Dinner and 80th Annual Membership Meeting
Location: 1702 Hwy. 17 South, Bartow  33830

You can register to attend by contacting Carole McKenzie at or 863-514-4280 or via your smartphone with this QR Code:

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We are still accepting sponsors for this event.  If you are interested in sponsoring our 80th Annual Membership Meeting, please contact Carole McKenzie at or 863-514-4280.

Looking forward to seeing our members and friends on October 6!



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Leigh Ann Wynn


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