Cattle rancher is true environmentalist

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Sebring, Fla. – Edgar Stokes Ranch was honored for its environmental stewardship with a County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award on Sept. 14.

Ranch owner Edgar Stokes was recognized among his peers at the Highlands county Farm Bureau annual meeting.

The CARES program was established by Florida Farm Bureau and the Suwannee River Partnership in 2001 to recognize superior natural resource conservation by agricultural producers.  Since its inception, more than 550 agriculturists statewide have received the CARES award. The program relies on the voluntary action by farmers and ranchers to implement state-of-the-art natural resource management systems, or Best Management Practices, on their properties.

“I am honored to recognize Mr. Stokes for voluntarily going the extra mile in conserving our natural resources,” said Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick. “This award designates Mr. Stokes commitment to superior resource management.”

Ranch owner Edgar Stokes is a lifetime resident of Highlands County and has served on the Highlands County Board of County Commission and is a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Association.

The CARES program involves partnerships with more than 60 public agencies and is a model for the rest of the nation.

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Pictured from left: Bonnie Wolff, Environmental Specialist, Office of Agricultural Water Policy; Edgar Stokes; Luke Polk, Assistant Director of Government & Community Affairs, Florida Farm Bureau and Norma Stokes


Florida Farm Bureau is the Sunshine State’s largest general agricultural organization with more than 147,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties. Membership provides a multitude of benefits and you don’t have to be a farmer to be a member of Florida Farm Bureau.