Farm: Usher Farm
Location: Chiefland, Levy County
Date of Origination: 1952
Commodities: Cattle and timber
The Usher and Griner family own and operate Usher Farm in Chiefland, Florida. The farm has been in the family for 60 years when E.T. Usher and his wife, Helen, began acquiring the land in 1952. They proudly produce cattle and timber.
The family has been implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) on the farm for decades. BMPs are a set of guidelines that advise producers on how to manage the water, nutrient, and pesticides they are using to reduce agriculture’s impact on the state’s natural resources. Usher Farm employees take soil and tissue samples throughout the farm to indicate whether the soil and trees contain the correct amount of essential nutrients. They monitor the daily water use for accurate water conservation. During the winter a cover crop is used to protect the top soil and prevent soil erosion.
The Usher and Griner families are actively involved in their local community, serving on various boards and as members of clubs and organizations. Ken Griner serves on the Florida Farm Bureau Forestry Advisory Committee as well as Treasurer of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. Lynetta Usher Griner is President of Florida Forestry Association and was named Woman of the Year in Agriculture by Commissioner Adam Putnam in 2013.
When asked why they are farmers who CARE, the Griner’s responded, “as timber producers, ranchers and farmers, we know more than anyone else the importance of the land and the importance of using the natural resources in a sustainable and responsible manner so that we can continue our work and leave our special place in a better state than when we came to it.”
Lynetta Griner is a 2013 inductee as Woman of the Year in Agriculture: Video by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services