Paul Davidson honored as an Agriculture Innovator

Published: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

Davidson also considers the addition if irrigation a major contributor to the success of his farming operations.

Today, Davidson uses his website and Facebook to increase awareness in his market and farming operations. He considers social media and internet technology to be a valuable component in generating a market for his produce.

Throughout his farming career, Davidson has utilized the expertise and assistance of Washington County Extension and assisted the office with many endeavors. He has done on farm melon trials and demos with state specialists and county agents. Also, he has cooperated with specialists and agents in identifying disease and insect problems that could impact other growers. Through this effort, extension is better able to anticipate potential insect and disease problems of area cucurbit crops. This partnership has enhanced the effectiveness of agriculture extension throughout the county.

Davidson has positively impacted Washington County agriculture in several ways. He provides fresh, local produce to the residents of Washington County and purchases local produce to augment his own stock at the Main Street Market. He is a source of information for other growers and cooperates with extension to timely identify and address agricultural production and marketing issues. He is also a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau. Davidson has been an innovative farmer throughout his farming career and is the ideal recipient of the Washington County Ag Innovator Award.

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.  Bringing these top-notch farmers together to meet each other will foster further innovation.  Highlighting these creative and successful farmers will also help increase public awareness of the diversity and innovation of today’s modern agriculture.

For more information consult the UF / IFAS Washington County Extension Office in Chipley or call 638-6180.



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