Farm: Fulford Farms, Inc
Location: Monticello, Jefferson County
Date of Origination: 1940s
Commodities: peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans and small grain
With a diligent eye toward the protection of natural resources, the Fulford family has farmed 1,200 acres of peanuts, corn, cotton, soybeans and small grains in Jefferson County for many years. The family has aggressively implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) for over 20 years to reduce soil erosion and sedimentation into water bodies and to enhance natural resources and wildlife habitat. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices have also been used to reduce pesticide use.
In operating their farm, the Fulford family cooperates with the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and the Aucilla River Small Watershed Program. They use structural and non-structural practices to reduce soil erosion and sedimentation. Structural controls include grassed waterways, water and sediment control basins, parallel terraces and tile outlet terraces. Non-structural controls include contouring, crop rotation, crop residue management, sub-soiling and reduced tillage.
The Fulford family is active throughout their community. Various family members have held such positions as County Commissioner, Jefferson County Farm Bureau President and served on the County Farm Bureau Board. The Fulford family is also active in their local Church.
When asked why they believe it is important to protect our environment, Stephen and Ernest Fulford both quoted their Grandpa, “when you use the land that God gave us, make sure you leave it better than when you found it.”
Source: FreshFromFlorida.com – 2007