While many challenges face the Florida farmer — weather, development, and the economy, to name a few — one of the most daunting is the average Floridian’s perception of agriculture. For many people, the source of their food is not the farm, but rather the grocery store. Educating them about the importance of rural farm lands and the true nature of agricultural operations is a difficult task. Few know this better than Dale McClellan.
A dairyman all his life, McClellan continually sought new ways to expand the family’s Tampa-based business, M&B Products. One of the concepts was to create a modern, environmentally sound dairy farm. After years of costly research, he did just that in Lecanto, a small community outside Homosassa Springs.