President’s Letter


Members of the Polk Young Farmer and Ranchers committee joined over 200 of their colleagues from around the state in Orlando on July 7 – 9 for leadership training, competitive events, farm tours, and fellowship at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2023 Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference. I’m pleased to share that our Polk YF&R Committee has once again received the Florida Farm Bureau YF&R Activity Award. Congratulations Polk YF&R!

We will hold the 81st Annual Polk County Farm Bureau Membership Meeting on Thursday, October 12 at the W.H. Stuart Center in Bartow beginning at 6:30 p.m. Active Polk Farm Bureau members will receive mailed invitations. If you would like to RSVP, are interested in sponsoring this event, or need additional information, please contact Carole McKenzie at or call 863-533-0561.

The Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 25 – 27 at the Caribe Royale Orlando Resort. For more information on the Florida Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, visit

Farm Bureau Member Benefits Highlight:
Did you know that Florida Farm Bureau members get special member prices on select categories and brands from Grainger and free standard shipping on all standard Grainger products. To learn more, sign in to or call 352-374-1585.
Finally, as the new school year begins, please remember to support our local FFA and
4-H chapters. The experiences gained by young people in these programs are invaluable to the development of their character and leadership skills. These are the same youth who will one day lead the agriculture community into the future and, as a grassroots organization, the success of our youth is critical to the Farm Bureau mission.



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Leigh Ann Wynn

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