As I write this, my last message to members as President of FCA, and reflect on the past year. Out of all the events I’ve attended, and places I’ve been on behalf of FCA one common theme is prominent. Sure the food was always great, the causes just and heartfelt, and the settings all festive, but the real core to it all is the people.
The Grassroots membership of this organization is world class, from South Florida to the Panhandle our Cattlemen and Women are top shelf. I’ve been honored and truly humbled to serve as the President of an organization made up of such outstanding individuals.
It is this group of independent folks coming together that drives FCA forward in the right direction. We may all run our ranches different, may prefer this breed over that one, calve in the fall or calve in the spring, but in the end we are all part of one amazing industry.
So, to the Cattlemen and Women of Florida, thank you for all of your support over this past year, you have welcomed me with open arms and accommodated my travels in every way!
We all need to continue showing up and participating at every level possible to make sure our industry is represented. It seems our fight to stay in existence gets harder by the minute. With 1100 people moving to Florida each day we have a huge task in trying to educate them on the facts about our ranching way of life. Please continue to support the #showyourpassion campaign. Folks really do appreciate the stewardship and passion for taking care of livestock and our ranch lands. They just need to see it. I look forward to seeing you all at Marco. We will have a lot of fun and tend to our business at the same time.
I would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers that make our convention a success. It has been one heck of a year but I am ready to get back to the woods. Matt Pearce will soon take the reins and I know we are in good hands. See you at Convention!