Picture1On Friday August 9, 2013, 13 Innovative Farmers and Ranchers were recognized by University of Florida IFAS Extension and Farm Credit of Northwest Florida at the Jackson County Agricultural Conference Center in Marianna.  This is the third year these two organizations have teamed up to honor a selection of the most innovative farmers from the Florida Panhandle.

The purpose of the Agriculture Innovator Recognition Program is to annually recognize innovative farmers and ranchers from 16 Florida Panhandle counties, from Jefferson west to Escambia County.  In 2013, County Agriculture Extension Agents from 13 counties selected an Agricultural Innovator to recognize from each of the counties where they serve.

Davidson 13 Washington Ag Innov

(From left to right) Washington Co. Horticulture Agent Matthew Orwat, Paul Davidson, LeeAnn Davidson, and Washington Co. Agriculture Agent Mark Mauldin.

The 2013 Washington County Agricultural Innovator is Paul Davidson. Paul owns and operates Davidson Farms. Paul Davidson was nominated by Matthew Orwat, the Washington County Horticulture Agent.  Read Paul’s’ story below.  Links are provided at the end of the article for other Ag Innovators previously highlighted. Additional award winners will be featured in Panhandle Ag e-News in the coming weeks.


Printer friendly PDF version: Paul Davidson (Davidson Farms), Washington County

Agricultural Innovators highlighted in previous weeks:

Ken Barton (Barton Family Farm), Holmes County

Oglesby Plants International, Calhoun County

Ron and Rosemary Prokop (R&R Ranch), Walton County

Herman Laramore (Bar L Ranch), Jackson County

Nixon Farms (Shannon Nixon), Okaloosa County

JMAK Farms (Gerald Hubbell), Gadsden County

Stephen and Tracie Fulford, Jefferson County

Wakulla Berries (Rachel McClure), Wakulla County

Miller Family Aquaponics, Escambia County

Turkey Hill Farm  (Herman Holley & Louise Divine), Leon County

Killam Farm, Inc. (Lucas Killam), Santa Rosa County


Blake Thaxton