Marion County Farm Bureau is 4,500 members strong!
Marion County Farm Bureau is one of the largest of 63 counties that make up Florida Farm Bureau, the sunshine state's largest general agricultural organization. Farm Bureau is the Voice of Agriculture in Marion County. Marion County Farm Bureau is made up of more than 4,500 members who represent agriculture through everything from Beef Cattle, to Peanut Crops, to Marketing and Public Relations. Marion County Farm Bureau Members enjoy benefits across the state.
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February 25-27th - Over 1100 2nd graders from around Marion County received a firsthand look at twelve of Florida’s major agriculture commodities during the Marion County Farm Bureau’s Ag Ventures school tours program held during the Southeastern Youth Fair. .
During Ag Ventures, students enjoyed ice cream as they learned about dairy production; played marshmallow bingo while they learned about beef; met live chickens as they learned about poultry; pet a pony during their equine visit; sampled fresh citrus; learned about forestry by-products, and the importance of bees to our food system. This year the students were also be introduced to blueberries, goats, and rabbits, all by volunteers from within each industry.
The 2015 Ag Ventures program was organized and funded by the Marion County Farm Bureau and is a cooperative effort between the Marion County Farm Bureau, the Southeastern Youth Fair, Marion County Public Schools, and the local agriculture industry.
Ag Ventures Video
Agriculture Literacy Day
April 21st, 2015 - Marion County Farm Bureau supported the 12th Annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day as representatives read to kindergarten through fifth grade classes. This year there were requests from over 235 Marion County teachers in at least 31 schools and more than 4,800 students participated.
Marion County Farm Bureau organized volunteers, industry leaders and county officials who read this year’s Ag Literacy Day book entitled, “A Drive through Florida: Livestock and Poultry”, written by Arlette Roberge and illustrated by Charlene R. Johnson. Volunteers proudly shared Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s newest non-fiction book which features an animated red truck named ‘Ole Red’ who takes students on a tour of Florida’s beef, dairy, poultry, swine, equine, sheep and goat industries.
In addition to reading to the students, volunteers provided teachers with a classroom copy of the book, lesson packets, bookmarks and goodies that are provided by Florida Ag in the Classroom. The book and materials are provided to readers for free thanks to funding FAITC receives from sales of the agriculture specialty license plate called the ‘Ag Tag,’ and a donation from the Florida Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee.
Community Readers this year included: 29 “Fellows” from the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, a program at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; School Board member Kelly King at East Marion Elementary; Deputy Superintendent Lisa Krysalka at Eighth Street Elementary and Superintendent George Tomyn will be read at Evergreen Elementary.
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