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Florida farmer wins $300 prize for answering survey

Published: 06/03/14 10:04AM
By: booner

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University officials pose with a $300 check on May 28. The check is for Rod Land, a dairy farmer from Florida who participated in a survey administered by FVSU. (From left to right) Dr. Govind Kannan, Fort Valley State University’s  interim vice president for academic affairs; James Hill, FVSU’s 1890 land-grant university liaison for the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE )Program southern region; Jackie Whitehead, agricultural economics enrichment program manager; Dr. Ivelaw L. Griffith, President of FVSU; Donavon Coley,  assistant to the president; Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, program coordinator for FVSU’s Agricultural Economics Program and Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., interim dean of FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology.

Rod Land, a dairy farmer from Mayo, Fla., won $300 for participating in a survey administered for FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family sciences and Technology. The survey is part of a $324,517 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant titled, “Improving the Welfare of Southeastern Dairy Families Through the Adoption of Sustainable Production Systems.”

The grant is a collaboration involving FVSU, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. The purpose of the mail-in survey is to determine the management practices of farmers in Georgia and Florida and help them overcome problems that may occur in a pastured operation.

Results from the analysis compiled by FVSU will be reported in print and electronic educational materials. These materials are designed to help farmers, policy makers and researchers understand possible obstacles to a pasture based dairy system.

To be eligible for the prize, a dairy farmer had to return a completed survey. Land won when his survey was selected from a pool of 112 surveys. Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, associate professor and program coordinator of the agricultural economics program at FVSU, supervised the survey. Ibrahim said the $300 prize made possible by the SARE Program grant improved response rates.