Farm: Ford Farms
Location: Jackson County
Date of Origination: 1970
Commodities: Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Brahman Cattle
After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Animal Science, George Larry Ford, the proud father of three girls (Lisa Gail, Donna Lynn and Allison Anne), began his full-time farming career October 1, 1970 on 380 acres in Malone, Florida. Today, the family-run farm has expanded into Greenwood with the purchase and lease of new property, which they proudly produce corn, cotton, peanuts, soybeans, and Brahman Cattle on.
Ford Farms is a 4th generation farm, and Mr. Ford and the Ford family are working hard to ensure that their land is protected for future generations. For 35 years they have implemented BMPs on the farm. These environmental practices include the use of GPS variable rate fertilizer and lime applicators, cover crops for strip tilling, and Bahia grass for use in crop rotation along with cattle grazing. They also leave peanut hay on the land to build organic matter in the soil and use no-till drills to plant winter grazing crops for cattle. In addition to these practices, they plant grass in the water-ways and terrace row crop land to control water erosion, and they installed remotes on their pivots to allow for constant monitoring during use with the variable rate technology.
In the community, Mr. Ford serves as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Malone, Florida. He also serves as a chairman for the Panhandle Youth Expo Committee, and he currently represents the Florida Peanut Producers Association on several committees. Mr. Ford is also the current president of the Florida Brahman Association.
When asked why he is a farmer who CARES, Mr. Ford replied, “It is important to protect our environment for future generations to help safeguard the land.”