The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ (UF/IFAS) North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna (NFREC) recently awarded local farmer, Mack Glass with the 2006 NFREC Hall of Fame Award.

The UF/IFAS NFREC Hall of Fame Award provides recognition to those clientele and supporters of the NFREC, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting efforts to provide research and Extension programs for the agricultural and natural resource industries in northern Florida.

Glass has been involved in many agricultural operations and runs a diversified farming operation. He is presently re-introducing Satsuma orange production into Jackson County. Glass has used modern rootstocks and irrigation cold protection technology to produce citrus (once again) successfully in north Florida.

It is innovators like Glass that will find alternative crops to keep the agricultural economy viable in north Florida.

In addition to his work with citrus, Glass’ farm operation also includes cattle, timber and peanuts. He is recognized internationally as a purebred seedstock producer of Beefmaster cattle and served on the Beefmaster Breeders Universal Board of Directors from 1988 to 1992; the Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association, Board of Directors from 1999 to 2003 and the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Board of Directors as a member for the last 11 years and was the county president in 1996.

Glass has been an innovator in the use of ultra-sound testing of bulls for carcass characteristics and progeny testing in his cattle operation. Currently, he is developing a commercial cattle operation in Jackson County.

Glass has been very involved with UF/IFAS Extension and research in the region as an advisory committee member and through the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Board of Directors.

He has also worked very closely with UF/IFAS NFREC faculty over the years. Glass has always been willing to host Extension tours and demonstrations to share his experience with other producers.

NFREC-Marianna research and Extension covers a wide range of programs, including breeding and genetics of peanuts, economics and farm management, forages and small grains, pest management, and beef cattle production and genetics. For more information, visit http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu.