In Florida, Mosaic supports local youth in agriculture by participating in livestock sales during our annual county fairs. Programs like this teach students who participate in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H programs valuable business skills like responsibility, how to care for, raise and market their animals.
The global population is expected to reach an estimated 9.8 billion people by 2050. To help meet this challenge, Mosaic’s Phosphates team in Florida supports a variety of agricultural education partnerships and initiatives with organizations like FFA and 4-H to help prepare future farmers for leadership, sustainable ag practices, and career success.
For Mosaic, helping the world grow the food it needs is more than a mission. It’s a calling. Partnerships like those with FFA and 4H are just a sampling of how the company helps provide new pathways to modern farming practices for students that extends beyond planting and harvesting to also include opportunities in environmental science, biology, chemistry, engineering and even business management and ownership.
Students can apply to receive 2023 support for their ag education projects from Mosaic’s Phosphates team in Florida by emailing a livestock buyer letter to:
DeSoto, Hardee, Polk & Sarasota counties
Hillsborough, Manatee, & Sarasota counties
Mosaic has donated thousands of pounds of meat to more than 20 local hunger-relief, community and youth organizations throughout our five-county operating region. In 2022, we purchased 12,297 pounds of meat at local county fairs and provided 680 add-ons, which are financial contributions provided to support exhibitors and help offset the overall cost of each project.
Here’s a look at the upcoming fair schedule for 2023:
- Jan. 12-22 – Manatee County Fair
- Jan. 21-27 – Polk County Youth Fair
- Feb 3-11 – DeSoto County Fair
- Feb. 9-20 – Florida State Fair
- Feb. 18-25 – Hardee County Fair
- March 17-26- Sarasota County Fair
- Fall 2023 – Hillsborough County Fair
- Fall 2023 – Hillsborough Cattlemen’s Beef Expo