Supporting Our Youth & Giving Thanks

We’ve officially hit that period when we begin the holiday season in earnest, and the feeling of excitement is palpable. At Chop-N-Block and F1 Meat Co., the anticipation is quadrupled because this is the season for so much more than holidays! Fair season has begun in Hillsborough County, and it’s just around the corner for those of us in Polk County.

Fairs offer a vital opportunity for the agri-youth, while the community support for ag education and involvement through 4-H and FFA helps to ensure the longevity of our industry. Fairs aren’t just about showing animals; they’re about learning to raise animals, understanding the world around them, appreciating the land, and self-sustenance.

I urge communities to rally around our youth in ag during these events. Your support makes a difference and may even create a future farmer!

Fair season is when our F1 facility really kicks into high gear. It’s just one way we can make sure the food raised through the blood, sweat, and tears of our youth stays in our community.

For example, between the two November fairs in Hillsborough County, F1 Meats will be processing roughly 230 head. That volume will keep us busy into the New Year, when we meet the high demand from the Polk County Youth Fair. In fact, mid-January will mark the one-year anniversary for F1 Meat. We’ve come full circle, and we couldn’t be prouder of our progress.

As we come together this holiday to give thanks for our multiple blessings, we’re grateful beyond words for all the people who have helped us realize this dream.

This article is sponsored by Labor Solutions, and the opinions expressed herein may not reflect those of Central Florida Ag News or of its advertisers.

BIO: Baxter Troutman is founder and chief executive officer of Labor Solutions, a staffing company with offices in Bartow, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Arcadia, and Plant City. You also can visit his Dark Hammock Legacy Ranch online at A cattle rancher and citrus grower who served in the Florida House of Representatives, Troutman understands the challenges and concerns of today’s farmer.

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