Farm: Smith Brothers Farm
Location: Newberry, Alachua County
Date of Origination: 1992
Commodities: Bahiagrass seed, hay and cattle
Louis Smith and his family own and operate Smith Brothers Farm in Newberry, Florida. The farm was started by Mr. Smith and his brother Ronnie, in 1992. They proudly produce bahiagrass seed, hay and cattle.
Mr. Smith 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. Smith Brothers Farm has chosen to keep the natural woodlands and pastures instead of clearing the land. Mr. Smith uses a rotational grazing system to improve pasture longevity, conservation of surplus forage and increased stocking rates. He has also taken the initiative to install fresh water sources for the cattle. Mr. Smith practices many other BMPs such as soil testing for proper fertilization and a controlled burn system to enhance the palatability and nutritional value of edible species.
Mr. Smith is actively involved in his local community, serving as a Farm Bureau member and a past Florida Cattlemen’s Association member. He and his family attend Priscilla Baptist Church in Gilchrist County.
When asked why he is a farmer who CARES, Smith responded, “to protect the land for future use. If we destroy it now, there will be no more.”