Alan Edwards is a 5th generation farmer whose family has grown peanuts, cotton, wheat, oats and raised beef cattle for more than 50 years in Santa Rosa County. 

Edwards has implemented Best Management Practice ( BMPs) on his family’s farm since 2000 to protect local natural resources.  Some of the BMPs he has implemented include planting cover crops to improve soil health, variable rate applications to reduce fertilizer and chemical use, soil sampling to reduce lime applications as well as strip tillage, terraces and buffers to reduce water use and improve water quality. 

Edwards believes his BMP program allows him to be more efficient with resources throughout the year and to truly protect natural resources. 

When he isn’t on the farm working, he devotes time to his wife, Michele, and his three daughters. 

He is also extensively involved in agricultural leadership by serving on the USDA’s Cotton Board, Florida Peanut Advisory Committee, Florida Farm Bureau Peanut and Cotton Advisory Committee, UF/ IFAS Extension Advisory Committee, State Boll Weevil Board, and County Farm Bureau Board and he is a volunteer firefighter.  In 2011, Edwards was awarded Santa Rosa County Farm Family of the Year.

Florida Farm Bureau Federation is proud to award a 2018 CARES designation and sign to Alan Edwards and family for their dedication in being outstanding environmental stewards.