Sid and Georgiann Sumner – Memorial Giving
by John Arthington, Center Director
UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center
Sid Sumner is no stranger to Giving. Growing up in Lithia, Florida in a 4th generation cattle ranching family, he quickly became connected to Florida agriculture. After attaining a BS and MS degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Florida, he joined the Florida Cooperative Extension Service in Polk County with a focus on addressing livestock and forage management issues impacting stakeholders throughout Florida. His efforts and dedication have resulted in the advancement of many technologies that improved beef and forage production. He has been widely recognized and awarded for his leadership in Extension Education, Hereford and Brahman Breeders Associations, the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Florida Beef Council, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – to name a few. This lifetime of dedicated service was recognized in 2012, by Sid’s induction into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. After 30-years of service to Cooperative Extension, Sid and his wife Georgiann continue to seek opportunities to contribute their knowledge, time, and resources to Florida agriculture. Today, they are active in endless efforts to support youth livestock projects at the Florida State Fair, 4H, FFA, and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. One unique method of Giving is the Sumner’s annual donation to the Florida Cattlemen’s Endowment at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona. This endowment supports research and education efforts addressing the priorities of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Their annual gifts are provided in memory of their Florida agriculture friends who have passed in the preceding year. These gifts contribute to a growing endowment that produces perpetual annual spendable income, thus ensuring these gifts make a lasting contribution far into the future. The faculty, staff, and students of the UF/IFAS Range Cattle Research and Education Center are grateful for Sid and Georgiann’s support and are fortunate to be a part of their ongoing generosity to Florida agriculture. The Florida Cattlemen’s Endowment invites gifts of any size. Donors with contributions exceeding $2,500, single or accumulative, are recognized on endowment plaques displayed at the Florida Cattlemen’s Association office in Kissimmee and the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona.
For additional information on giving, please contact John Arthington at 863-735-1314.