Commissioner Adam H. Putnam


Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award

Imogene Yarborough
Geneva, Florida

Imogene Yarborough of Geneva has been named the 2012 Woman of the Year in Agriculture. The award, now in its 28th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. Yarbrough will be presented with the award on February 11, 2013, at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The award is sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida State Fair Authority Board.

For more than 50 years, Imogene Yarborough has been a pillar in Florida’s agriculture community through her work with the county, state and national Cattlemen’s and CattleWomen’s associations. In addition, she has served on numerous state and local agricultural advisory boards. She was the last CowBelle’s president and the first Florida CattleWomen state president after the CowBelles’ name change. Imogene currently serves as the Seminole County Farm Bureau Treasurer.

Imogene’s commitment to agriculture stems from the Yarborough Ranch she has called home for the last 58 years. After raising four children on the ranch, she continues to instill the importance of agriculture in the children of the Geneva community and throughout Florida. She remains a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA by annually holding the Junior Ranch Rodeo on her ranch. She also purchases livestock that were raised by students for competitive judging at fairs. Coined the “Cow Lady,” Imogene has also volunteered in the classroom, educating children about beef by-products and nutrition as well as leading field trips on her ranch to provide young people with hands-on experience. Through her extraordinary efforts over the past five decades, she has ensured Florida’s agricultural legacy will thrive for generations to come. -- 2012

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