The 2021 Harvest Awards Recognized Leaders In Hillsborough County Agriculture


The Farm Family of the Year was given to the Glen and Francis Williamson household on the 2021 Harvest Awards Luncheon held on the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds on September 23. The luncheon kicked off the 2021 Hillsborough County Fair.

Each 12 months, members of the group who make an influence on Hillsborough County’s wealthy agricultural group and heritage are honored on the annual Harvest Awards Luncheon. The Harvest Awards kicks off the Hillsborough County Fair. This 12 months, the Harvest Awards was held on September 23 on the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds.

The Harvest Awards was established by the Cooperative Extension Service 20 years in the past to have fun these excellent pioneers in agriculture within the farming group and to protect the agricultural heritage of Hillsborough County.

This 12 months, Melissa Raburn acted because the Master of Ceremonies. Raburn stated, “The Hillsborough County Fair is a longtime tradition in my family. It is a special event for generations of families.”

This 12 months’s honorees included households, people and organizations.

The Glen and Francis Williamson household was honored because the Farm Family of the Year. Glen Williamson was born on the household homestead. He and his spouse, Francis, have been married for 70 years. They have been early adopters of water practices that now prevail inside the agricultural business.

The Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture was awarded to Jemy Hinton. Hillsborough County Commissioner Kimberly Overman stated, “Hinton (who is a biologist) has spent her life investigating in others and freely sharing her knowledge and experience.”

The Outstanding Woman in Agriculture was awarded to Debbie Gill. She lives on a 5,000-acre cattle ranch that has been within the household for over 100 years. Gill stated, “I am honored to win this award.” She added, “It takes a family to make a ranch work.”

The Outstanding Young Farmer Award was given to Matt Parke of Plant City’s Parkesdale Farms. Parke was acknowledged for amongst different issues, taking day out of his busy day to reply questions at any time when teams went to go to the huge Dover strawberry farm. Parke stated, “For me, farming is love not work.”

The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Outstanding Public and Community Service Award for its efforts in serving to academics and the migrant group.

This 12 months, a particular Memorial Tribute was awarded to Dr. Earl Lennard for his management in agriculture and the group. Dr. Lennard began his profession instructing vocational agriculture. He is most remembered for his management as superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools. He can also be former president of the Hillsborough County Fair Board.

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