First of all, I would like to wish each of you a very Happy Holiday season and trust that Thanksgiving was a blessing to everyone. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year because it’s all about family and remembering all the blessings that we have received. Even in a year when things are less than perfect in the business of agriculture, we all have many blessings that are not tangible. As we reach the holiday season it is an important reminder that we take a look at ourselves and those that have impacted our lives and remember who we are and where we come from. It is especially important that we remember all of the men and women that have done so much for our freedom. It is there that I find my heroes, the ones that inspire me to do something even if I don’t know what it is. Honor and courage define a hero, not where they were or when they served. It’s their willingness to sacrifice all things for the belief that the right thing will win no matter the cost. It is the willingness to lay aside all of life’s plans, hopes, and dreams to insure that through their sacrifices, others and those after them will be able to live out their dreams. They are not found in ball players or music stars. It is seen in the result of life and death reactions to the most adverse conditions, when odds and chances for survival are often slim. I believe that no one sets out to be a hero, yet destiny forces them to make a choice that calls on their character. A small percentage makes the often last decision to give, so others may live and that is a true hero to me. Please help remember all who are always one second away from becoming a hero and are not able to be home with the ones they love this Christmas and New Year’s.
Just a few notes about the FCA, we are continuing to monitor the Screwworm situation daily. The eradication efforts are going well and you can follow updates on FreshFromFlorida.com. The screwworm, at this time, remains contained in the Keys and every effort is being made to keep the infestation contained and eradicated there.
I have had the pleasure of visiting many of our state’s county meetings. I will continue to try to attend all that I am invited to, if I am not already committed. I think it is important to remind everyone that this is your association and that there are many volunteer folks that keep our organization viable. Be active within the FCA and take part. If you see something that doesn’t suite you, join in and advocate change to make things better. Your state directors are always available, as well as the area representatives. Give them a call or any of the officers listed in the magazine. There is always a place for your participation.
In closing, I have and will continue to give thanks for all the ones that have and will support our efforts. Remember this Christmas that what we do affects the little ones around your Christmas table, often times more than ourselves.
Wishing each of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
2016-2017 FCA President