Leroy Baldwin was born and raised in Marion County, where he turned an early interest in livestock production into a life-long passion for raising high-quality Angus beef cattle. Starting with 40 acres in 1955, Baldwin developed his operation into a 540-acre ranch with 500 head of purebred Angus. His ranch is a model for small-farm operations with its intensive forage production and cattle breeding programs. Always looking to improve production practices, he developed a strain of drought-resistant clover and perfected a method of using anhydrous ammonia in silage to increase the protein value. Baldwin has visited 28 countries to promote Florida livestock, therein helping to substantially expand international sales of Florida cattle and related products. Baldwin has also played a major role in expanding the prominence of the Florida International Agriculture Trade Council and its annual trade show.
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The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.
The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu
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