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Tony Strickland Named Wakulla Ag Innovator

Tony Strickland (center) receives his 2014 Ag Innovator Award. Jane Ellen Strickland (left) and Les Harrison, (right) UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director.

Tony Strickland (center) receives his 2014 Ag Innovator Award. Jane Ellen Strickland (left) and Les Harrison, (right) UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director.

Tony Strickland of Strickland A.I. Service in Crawfordville, Florida, has been named the 2014 Wakulla County Ag Innovator. The award is sponsored by the UF/IFAS Extension Service and Farm Credit of NW Florida.

This award is given annually to agricultural producers who distinguish themselves through pioneering actions and service to their profession. The award ceremony was August 21at the luncheon in Monticello which recognized outstanding farmers and ranchers from in northwest Florida.

Strickland was recognized for his broad knowledge and expertise with cattle and offering an exceptional array of breeding services which are based on his over five decades in cattle health and reproduction. He makes his skills, services and advice available to professional livestock herdsmen and novice owners in the Big Bend region of north Florida.

He is widely known for quality workmanship, a considerate disposition, and for his teaching spirit. Strickland services accounts and advises stockmen, both beginners and experience herdsmen, on a variety of reproductive issue.

Strickland has served as an advisor and source of information to the last three Wakulla County Extension Agriculture Agents which extends back over 25 years.

“Tony Strickland has been a tireless supporter of Extension education since before returning his family to Wakulla County,” said Les Harrison, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director. “He has used and promoted Extension livestock reproductive research, and all other phases of cattle husbandry and production for decades,” he said.

He has been married to his wife, Jane Ellen, for 52 years. They live on a farm with cattle north of Crawfordville.

Tony and Jane Ellen have five children, and 28 grandchildren. One son in Georgia is a dairyman, and one grandson is following in Tony Strickland’s footsteps in the cattle reproduction business.

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