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NW Florida Agricultural Innovators – Okaloosa and Walton Counties

On Friday August 17th, 13 Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jay Community Center in Santa Rosa County.  This is the second year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers in the Florida Panhandle.

The purpose of the Agriculture Innovator Recognition Program is to annually recognize innovative farmers and ranchers from 16 Florida Panhandle counties, from Jefferson west to Escambia County.  In 2012, County Agriculture Extension Agents from 13 counties selected an Agricultural Innovator to recognize from each of the counties where they serve.  Doug Mayo, Jackson County Extension Director who chaired this year’s event, said “County Agents in the Panhandle honored their brightest farmers at the awards luncheon.   We hope that bringing these top-notch farmers all together in one place will help stimulate future innovation.  Highlighting these creative and successful farmers will also help increase awareness of the diversity and innovation of today’s modern agriculture located right here in our area.”

Okaloosa County Ag Agent, Jennifer Bearden, presenting the award to the Marshall Family.

James and Nick Marshall, of Baker , FL, were recognized as Okaloosa County’s Agricultural Innovator for 2012.  To read More about Marshall Farms click here.

Walton County Agents Mindy Hittle-McNair (far left) and Mike Goodchild (far right), presenting the award to the Richardson Family.

Donnie Richardson, of DeFuniak springs, FL, was recognized as Walton County’s Agricultural Innovator for 2012.  To read More about Richardson Farms click here.

Over the next several weeks Panhandle Ag e-News will feature each of the NW Florida Innovators from Escambia county to Jefferson County.

Agricultural Innovators highlighted in previous issues:

Larry Ford, Jackson County

Mark Casson, Escambia County

Bruce Holland, Santa Rosa County


2 Comments on “NW Florida Agricultural Innovators – Okaloosa and Walton Counties

  1. I am an Activities Director at Twin Cities Pavilion located in Niceville, Florida. We are an Assisted Living Facility. I am seeking a local farmer to bring in some animals for the residents to see such as cows and goats. Most of our residents do not get out much at all and it would bring great joy for them to see some animals from a farm. If any of you know of anyone please call me at: 850-833-9212
    Thank you,
    Angela Williams
    Activities Director
    Twin Cities Pavilion