Hope each of you had a blessed Christmas and New Year. Two thousand and seventeen holds the hope of a better year and new things to come. Around our home we all look forward to the new adventures that the future will bring. The year-end quarterly meeting marked the end of 2016 and the end to a year that has not only been remarkable, but historical. Calf prices came from a record amount that no one had ever seen to where they are now and the New World Screw worms were discovered in the Keys in late summer and early fall. We are all thankful that as FDACS reported at the quarterly, things are moving along as expected with the eradication efforts.
I want to thank everyone that attended the End of Year Quarterly in Bartow, for coming out and putting forth the effort to make things better. We had reports from FDACS Division Director Dr. Short and Dr. Kitchen on the screwworm, we also received updates from NRCS on opportunities available and an update from the University of Florida. I personally would like to thank Organic Matters for furnishing the fine steaks and help with the steak out. Thank you to the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association for hosting the two quarterlies this year. They stepped up to handle the cooking and furnished the sides for this fun event. I would also like to thank Bridget Stice with the Polk County Extension office for helping set up the meeting rooms and to James Stice with Merial for providing the refreshments in each room. The evening steak out was great fun and fellowship with about 200+ in attendance. Thanks to all who came out!
Our next quarterly, some say is the most important of the year. The Legislative Quarterly is in Tallahassee March 13-15th at a new location. For rooms and meeting locations, you can find the latest details in our magazine. Come out and help support our cause for your way of life. What we do in Tallahassee has a big impact.
Remember that the State convention is back in Marco this year, June 20-22, 2017 so don’t forget to make your plans. Also, two other dates that are important to note, are the Florida Cattlemen’s and Allied Institute January 19th in Arcadia and the NCBA convention in Nashville, Tennessee Feb 1-4, 2017.
The year-end marked for me the half way point for my year as President. I have enjoyed and more so look forward to the challenge ,most of all I have enjoyed visiting and meeting many of you at your county dinners, fairs, and other events throughout the state. It has been my blessing to have this experience and look forward to the many events already planned until Marco at the convention. Please continue to support the FCA and its committees and staff they do wonderful work that often goes unnoticed. Please do not hesitate to contact any of our staff, officers, area representatives or committee chairs with concerns and better yet how you can become involved in a great grass roots organization that makes a difference. Please stay safe I look forward to our visit soon.
2016-2017 FCA President