Farm: R & H Farms
Location: Bradford, Union, Alachua and Columbia County
Date of Origination: 1977
Commodities: Tobacco, Produce, Cotton, Hay, Corn, Cattle and Horses
Roger Davis grew up around Sante Fe, Florida working every day in the tobacco fields as the son of a farmer. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1976, Mr. Davis went back to what he knew when he purchased a portion of the family farm that he runs today with the help of his wife Julie and their three daughters. In 1977 Davis started farming tobacco, but he has since diversified over the years to produce a variety of vegetables and hay. The farm has also expanded to include cattle and horses and now stretches into parts of four counties.
R & H Farms has implemented BMPS for approximately 10-15 years. 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. Some of the BMPs that have been implemented include using soil moisture probes to assure accurate amounts of irrigation on crops and soil testing. Davis has also maintained proper grazing heights on forages as a BMP.
Davis is actively involved in his community by serving as an active member of the First Methodist Church of Lake City and to the UF Shares Council. Davis has also been a Farm Credit of Florida Board Member for the past 20 years. When asked why he believes it is important to protect our environment, Davis responded, “If we take care of the land, it will take care of us.”