Meet Ray & Matt Roberts. Ray Roberts, the founder of Central Florida Ferns is generationally transitioning the family business, Central Florida Ferns to his son, Matt Roberts. Succession can be hard for a family business and often the next generation has big shoes to fill. His son Matt is challenged with continuing his father’s legacy, brand, and the empire he built since its inception in the 1990s. Watch this video to see their story!
Amerigo Farms is located in Mt. Dora, Florida. John Albers purchased his family's Canadian nursery in 1966 after graduating from DuPage Horticulture School. In 2012, they expanded to Mt Dora where he fell in love with the sunshine state! Amerigo Farms' main plant is the beautiful calla lily, but during the Christmas season, they also grow poinsettia plants. John loves what he does and it shows in the way he treats his nurseries, customers, and employees.
In honor of Veterans Day, meet James McComas, a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran, and owner of Florico Foliage. James shares his story about being in the Marines and how he got into the ag business after serving. Check out his story here!
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Finding the perfect acreage to start a farm is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many rural property buyers. Whether you’re searching for a large lot, small farm, timberland, or other bare land, knowing what to look for in a property and working with experienced professionals can help you avoid a lot of frustration and potentially costly mistakes.
Buying a piece of rural land is more complex than many people expect, so working with a real estate professional and a lender who is both experienced in rural property can make the process smoother.
You won’t want to miss this awesome story about a bee-keeper.
Be inspired by David Webb’s determination to keep his bee business alive. When David began Webb's Honey he faced many obstacles but he isn’t one to back down from a challenge. Being a bee-keeper is not for the faint of heart. In this video, we learn what David went through to get where he is today. Watch his story here!
Third-generation citrus grower, Tom Thayer shares his incredible journey to becoming an ag business entrepreneur. Learn how an unexpected trip to South Africa led him down a path to supplying the citrus industry with a more efficient way of irrigating. Through all the trials and tribulations, he has remained dedicated to helping and serving the citrus industry. Farm Credit of Central Florida is honored to have worked with Tom Thayer over the last 12 years.
PASSING YOUR FARM TO THE NEXT GENERATION
This is part 3 of the blog series full of valuable information pertaining to farm succession planning.
When to turn over the reins to the next generation
For years you plan and scheme about one day transferring your family business onto the next generation. Like every other aspect of your family business, this transition of ownership requires a combination of proper planning and proper execution.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Magnolia Company located in Barberville, Florida. Owners Matt and Julie Roth share how the business began 20 years ago and what it takes to create their beautiful high quality, handmade wreaths that are shipped all over the United States. These beautiful products have been featured in HGTV Magazine and Southern Living Magazine. Watch Matt and Julie's story!