Earlier this year, we shared about Florida celebrating 500 years in agriculture.  The Florida Department of Agriculture created a traveling exhibit that has been shown all over the state. This is a yearlong campaign to create awareness about Florida agriculture and share the stories of then and now.  Florida has been given the opportunity to be in the spotlight at the upcoming Sunbelt Ag Expo on October 15 through 17.

The Sunbelt show will be held in Moultrie, Georgia and is the largest farm show in North America.  Over 1,000 exhibitors display at the event.  Florida’s traveling exhibit will be on display proudly featuring the “Then and Now” promotions.  As part of the spotlight, the Florida Farm Bureau will partner with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to welcome attendees at the Expo’s spotlight state tent.

We’re proud of this opportunity and wanted to share it with you.  This is a big deal for Florida agriculture and certainly a well-deserved opportunity. The expo features a Farmer of the Year award.  Cross your fingers for John Scott Long of Martin County, the 2013 Florida Farmer of the Year, as will compete against nine other state winners for the honor.