In the spring of 2012, Jack Tatum purchased 57 bred beef heifers to add to his existing beef cattle herd. With this addition, Tatum felt a calling to also begin a conservation program by implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to protect local natural resources. Currently, Tatum operates on more than 800 acres and through programs with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resource Conservation Service, he has been able to work towards his goals of natural resource protections on his family’s land.

Some of the most effective BMPs implemented include soil sampling, prescribed burning, rotational grazing, cross fencing, using GPS application and fencing off wetlands.

Tatum is actively involved the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, Florida Cattleman’s Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, and American Brahman Breeders Association.

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