Farm: Sampson Family Farm
Location: Live Oak, Suwannee County
Date of Origination: 1997
Commodities: Grass-fed beef
Jeff Sampson and his family own and operate Sampson Family Farm in Live Oak, Florida. The farm was opened in 1997 when the Sampson family moved to Live Oak and started their grass-fed beef operation.
Sampson Family Farm has been implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) since 1997. 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. Mr. Sampson uses a rotational grazing system to improve pasture longevity, allow for more timely utilization of forage and increase the stocking rates. Soil samples are taken regularly to ensure the proper amount of fertilizer and lime is applied to each pasture. Sampson Family Farm has also installed a GPS guided spraying system to sustainably spray the grass for the cattle.
Mr. Sampson is actively involved in his local community. He is a member of the Florida and Suwanee County Cattlemen’s Association and a member of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (IFAS) Agriculture Committee.
When asked why he is a farmer who CARES, Mr. Sampson responded, “keeping the earth healthy is the key to future success. We have always been cattle ranchers but we have learned to become good grass farmers as well.”