Nursery farmer recognized for superior conservation practices

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Gainesville, Fla. – Farm owner Monty Knox, Knox Nursery, Inc., in Winter Garden, has been recognized for successfully protecting water resources on his nursery with a Florida Farm Bureau County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) award.

Knox was honored among his peers at the Orange County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Oct. 7.

Knox is committed to water conservation through the successful implementation of container nursery Best Management Practices (BMPs) on his 23-acre nursery in Winter Garden. Knox Nursery is a second-generation, family-run farm that provides more than 5,000 plant varieties to wholesale and retail customers. More than 700,000 square feet of high-tech greenhouses span the property.

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

Knox is active in the local community and serves as the president of the Orange County Farm Bureau.

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 BMPs, on their properties. CARES award winners have received certification from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that their farming operations have successfully met state BMP standards.

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

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at far left with Florida Farm Bureau President  John Hoblick, holding sign with Monty Knox, Knox Nursery, Inc., and Scot Eubanks, Florida Farm Bureau Federation (far right).

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at far left with Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick, holding sign with Monty Knox, Knox Nursery, Inc., and Scot Eubanks, Florida Farm Bureau Federation (far right).

 

 

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.

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