BONIFAY — Farmers and their family gathered together as the UF/IFAS Extension Holmes County hosted the 2013 Holmes County Farm-City Week Banquet on Thursday at the Holmes County Agricultural Center.
National Farm-City Week, held the third week of November, recognizes the hard work and contributions of farmers, ranchers, and producers to provide our communities with a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply.
Outstanding agricultural leaders in the community, including the Farm Family of the Year were recognized at the Banquet.
This year the Rolling Family was presented with Farm Family of the Year.
“Jeremy’s love for farming began when he was four years old riding in the cab of his grandfather’s tractor,” said Shep Eubanks, Holmes County IFAS Extension Director. “His grandfather farmed in the Noma community, located in Holmes County, and distilled in him a work ethic at a young age. Jeremy moved away from Holmes County and attended school at Laurel Hill where he took Ag and was active in the FFA.”
He said that Rolling then moved back to Holmes County after high school and met his wife Teresa and they then settled in the Prosperity Community and began a family.
“The Rolling started out truck farming and small plot farming and in 2008, Jeremy started row crop farming and has expanded to 400 acres in Holmes and Walton Counties,” said Eubanks. “Their operation includes peanuts, cotton, oats, watermelons, and hay. Jeremy’s wife, Teresa, assists in the operation by pulling peanut wagons and operating the module builder for cotton.”
Their daughter, Jordan, is active in the Holmes County 4-H and assisted in growing and marketing her first crop of watermelons in 2012, he said.
“Jeremy is a member of the Florida Peanut Producer’s Association and the family is a member of the Ponce De Leon FFA Alumni Association,” said Eubanks. “Jeremy and Teresa both work fulltime jobs off the farm and Jeremy is employed as an Investigator for the State of Florida and Teresa is a 3rd grade teacher at Ponce de Leon Elementary. Jordan is a sixth grader at Ponce de Leon High School.”
Eubanks said that the family may be young, but “it will be the young that carries on the future crops of tomorrow.”
Also recognized were this year’s Conservation Farm Family of 2013, the Sherrouse family and 2013 Forest Stewardship Award, which went to the Paramore family.
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