Suwannee CARES Celebration - Live Oak, FL

Since 2001, the Suwannee River Partnership, in cooperation with multiple agricultural organizations and agencies, has hosted the Suwannee CARES Celebration in Live Oak, Florida.  More than 600 families and community members gather to recognize farmers and ranchers from the 16 counties inside the Suwannee River Basin who demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship.  Florida Farm Bureau’s CARES program greatly appreciates the more than 60 partners, including Nutrien, who come together to host this recognition event each year!  To learn more about this type of recognition event, contact CARES for more information. 

This event would not be possible without the support of our steering committee. Committee members include: Ben Broughton, Buck Carpenter, Sarah Carte, Corey Darnell, Justin Garland, Ben Glass, Greg Harden, Dustin Hart, WC Hart, Cacee Hilliard, Bob Hochmuth, Wanda Laughlin, Ryan Lawson, Joel Love, Garrett McCray, Michel McLeod, Cliff Starling, Dilcia Toro, & Barton Wilder.


Tri- County CARES Luncheon - St. Augustine, FL

To recognize CARES recipients from Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties, the Putnam/ St. Johns County Farm Bureau hosts a legislative luncheon during Farm- City Week each fall. Each year, nearly 100 legislators, local government and elected officials attend this luncheon to hear the message of local environmental stewardship. During the CARES presentation, each recipient from each county is awarded a customized This Farm CARES sign and plaque. With the support and leadership from this County Farm Bureau, this recognition event is a meaningful experience for the decision makers in the Tri- County Agricultural Area. Enjoy this video below made about the 2018 CARES recipients!


Polk County CARES Farm Tour

Polk County Farm Bureau hosted an excellent CARES- themed farm tour this year where nearly 50 legislators, legislative staff and local government officials traveled around the county touring farms/ ranches of CARES recipients. Attendees toured Putnam Groves, The Story Companies, and Mosaic Sod. They also toured the local Extension office and listened to a presentation from the Florida Forest Service. While on each farm, presentations were made to showcase what the farm/ ranch produces and how Best Management Practices (BMPs) are implemented to protect local natural resources. Enjoy these highlights from the tour and be sure to check out the full photo album!