Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 24, 2019
September 24, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #9

Jim Strickland Named Sustainable Rancher of the Year by Audubon Florida


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Christa Kirby
Livestock Agent III
Ag & Extension Division
ccarlson@ufl.edu   x1824

Charlie Hunsicker
Parks & Natural Resources
Charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org   941-745-3727

Action Requested
Recognition of Jim Strickland as Audubon Florida's 2019 Sustainable Rancher of the Year.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion

Audubon Florida presented its 2019 "Sustainable Rancher of the Year" award at the Florida Cattlemen's Association annual convention at Marco Island to Jim Strickland, a rancher with six decades of experience in the industry.

Each year, Audubon honors a rancher who has demonstrated exemplary environmentally-sustainable ranching practices and makes efforts to conserve native wildlife habitat. 

Jim is the owner of Strickland Ranch and managing partner of Big Red Cattle Company and Blackbeard's Ranch, a 4,530-acre cow/calf operation that borders Myakka State Park.  Blackbeard's Ranch is located just east of the Sarasota-Bradenton Metro Area - one of the fastest growing regions in the country; large intact ranches are becoming increasingly rare in this part of Florida.  The ranch provides an important buffer to the Myakka River State Park, protecting the headwaters to two significant slough systems that drain into the river, and helping to maintain water quality and quantity downstream in the Myakka River and Charlotte Harbor Estuary.

Florida cattle ranch lands contain some of our state's most important wildlife habitat.  Jim Strickland's longtime work as a conscientious, conservation-minded rancher exemplifies the qualities Audubon seeks to honor as "Sustainable Rancher of the Year 2019."

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