President’s Letter


Members of the Polk Young Farmer and Ranchers committee joined more than 200 of their colleagues from around the state in St. Augustine on July 8 – 10 for leadership training, competitive events, and fellowship at Florida Farm Bureau’s 2022 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!  

Polk County Farm Bureau and the Polk Extension Service will co-host an ag tour on Friday, September 23 for election candidates, current elected officials, county and municipal staff, and community stakeholders. Themed “Where We Go To Grow”  the full-day event will feature stops at traditional and urban agriculture sites as well as agritourism venues. Seating is very limited! Please contact Carole McKenzie at if you would like to attend.  

We will hold the 80th Polk County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in conjunction with a Political Rally and Forum on Thursday, October 6 at the W.H. Stuart Center in Bartow. 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 26-28 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? 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. 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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