BOCC Proclaims February 11, 2014 as “Dudley Calfee / Ferris Farm Day”

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting proclaiming February 11, 2014 as “Dudley Calfee/Ferris Farm Day” in Citrus County, Florida. Calfee has been awarded the Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award, given by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, due to the farming practices used that optimize output while minimizing cost. Calfee, Ferris Farms and the outstanding management team have partnered with researchers at the University of Florida in developing environmentally friendly farming techniques, which have significantly reduced the usage of pesticides and fungicides and discovered ways to reuse and recycle plastic and corrugate materials and has exceeded in crop production. The team has built permanent water retention/drainage/sediment structures and planted more than one hundred oak and magnolia trees to protect adjacent lakes and neighbors from potential runoff. Calfee is not only a successfully business and farm manager, but also serves as a respected leader in the community. He is actively involved with numerous community associations and serves on the Board of directors for Florida Strawberry Growers Association, Florida Blueberry Growers Association Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, Floral City Heritage Council and is the Founding Director and President of the Floral City Merchant’s Association and the Agricultural Alliance of Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners acknowledge Dudley Calfee’s leadership in utilizing environmental programs, technologies and best management practices to preserve our land while producing quality crops.