President’s Letter

We recently held our Central Florida Ag Deputy Luncheon where members and guests were able to network with Polk agriculture law enforcement officers to exchange information on how to better protect your agribusiness property. Thank you to event sponsors Agriliance, Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., Kelly Buick GMC, Lightsey Cattle Company, Magnatronix Corporation, The Mosaic Company, and the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association.  We are fortunate in Polk to have a great sheriff and amazing ag deputies.

Last month, we held our Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon where we heard an overview of Florida Farm Bureau’s legislative priorities throughout the 2024 session and enjoyed great dialog with members of our Polk Legislative Delegation. We are blessed in Polk agriculture to enjoy relationships with our delegation members that allow for effective exchange of ideas.  Our thanks to all who attended and participated in this annual event. A special thanks to Legislative Wrap-Up sponsors, Central Florida Development Council and The Mosaic Company.   

The Polk Young Farmer and Rancher Committee has announced the opening of the application process for the 2024 Will Putnam Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship. This scholarship can range from $250 to $500 per recipient for graduating high school seniors who will be pursuing a career in agriculture. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to Polk County Farm Bureau by 5 p.m., Friday, May 5.   Check out our Facebook page for more information or contact Sarah True at 863-533-0561, ext. 112 or to receive a copy of the application by email.  

Our Harvest Celebration fundraising dinner event is Friday, May 10 at Venue 650 in Winter Haven.  All Polk agriculture producers and community supporters are invited to join us for great food, entertainment, raffle prizes, and more.  See our ad on the facing page for ticket purchase information. Purchase tickets through the QR Code below, or, contact Sarah True at 863-533-0561, ext. 112 or for more information.  

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We hope you will remember to take advantage of Farm Bureau membership benefits.  New benefits are added regularly so if you have not checked them lately, visit to see what you may be missing!


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Michael Matteson 


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