MAYO — With an economy dependent on agriculture, every week in Lafayette County is Farm-City Week.

But at the Rotary Club of Mayo’s Nov. 20 meeting, the Rotarians and other residents gathered at the United Methodist Church of Mayo to celebrate the signing of a proclamation recognizing Nov. 20-27 as Farm-City Week for Lafayette County.

The proclamation was signed by Lance Lamb, a Lafayette County commissioner, and W.C. Hart, the vice president of the Lafayette County Farm Bureau board, to recognize the cooperative network that it takes in order to produce and supply the community, nation and world with an abundance of agricultural products.

After the meeting began, Lafayette County resident Dustin Hart, a field representative with Florida Farm Bureau Federation, introduced Amanda Overstreet, communications coordinator at the Farm Bureau’s state office in Gainesville.

Overstreet said as a farm wife and mother, she is aware of the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a farmer in Florida.

Overstreet said that the celebration of Farm-City Week is “an annual tradition to celebrate the relationships between producers, consumers, community leaders and everyone in-between that helps contribute to our abundant food supply.”

According to Overstreet, 75% of the 254 farms in the county are family owned and produce $56 million in gross regional products annually.

Overstreet added that Lafayette County ranks seventh in the state in tobacco products produced, third in poultry and eggs, fifth in dairy milking cows and sixth in livestock and pigs.

“The material foundation of our lives depend upon agriculture,” Overstreet said.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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