President’s Letter


We recently held our Central Florida Ag Deputy Luncheon where members and guests were able to network with agriculture law enforcement officers from Polk and surrounding counties to exchange information on how to better protect agribusiness property. Thank you to event sponsors Agriliance, Kelly Buick GMC, Lightsey Cattle Co., Magnatronix Corp., The Mosaic Co., and the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association.  

We were proud to recognize Marilyn Francisco at the luncheon. Marilyn is retiring after more than 33 years of service to Polk County Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance Company. We wish Marilyn all the best as she and her husband, Gary, travel and spend time with their children and grandchildren.

We want to introduce a new member of the Polk County Farm Bureau team, Sarah True. Sarah will serve as Program Coordinator, where she will be responsible for youth education programs, social media, events, bookkeeping, and more. Sarah is a senior at Warner University and will graduate in June with an Agribusiness degree. We are happy to welcome you to the team, Sarah!

The Polk Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee has announced the opening of the application period for the 2023 Will Putnam Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship(s). This scholarship can range from $250 to $500 per recipient for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to Polk County Farm Bureau by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Please contact Sarah True at 863-533-0561, ext. 112 or to receive a copy of the application by email or scan the QR code below to go to the online application.

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Our Harvest Celebration fundraising dinner event is Friday, May 5 at Barn-on-the-Lake in Fort Meade. All farm families and community supporters are invited to join us for great food, entertainment, raffle prizes, and more. See our ad below for ticket purchase information or contact Carole McKenzie at 863-533-0561, ext. 111 or  

Save the date! Our Legislative Wrap-up Luncheon will be held June 13 at the Stuart Center in Bartow. Reservations will be required, and invitations will be mailed to PCFB members and community partners.   

We hope to see you at upcoming events!



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Leigh Ann Wynn


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