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Cattle, peanut farmer to be inducted into Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame on November 17

Terry Teuton, a local cattle and peanut farmer, will be inducted into the Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame during a banquet that will be held later this month in Ocala.

The banquet will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 at the Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Auditorium located at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road. The event is one of the planned activities for Farm City Week, which begins on Wednesday, November 16 and runs through Wednesday, November 23.

Tickets for the banquet are currently available and range from $35 to $250. The deadline to RSVP is on Thursday, November 10.

In addition to the banquet, a Farm City Week proclamation will take place on Tuesday, November 15 during the Marion County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. A Farm City photo contest will also be launched the following day and it will run through the end of November.

Terry Teuton was born in Ocala on March 1, 1948, to Hugh C. and Ethel H. Teuton, and he has been a lifelong resident of Marion County. His farm is a generational family farm, and the fourth generation currently helps attend to the farm business.

Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame to induct local cattle peanut farmer
Terry Teuton will be inducted into the Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame on November 17 (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners)

Teuton regularly hosts farm tours where he helps educate Marion County’s adults and youth on the importance of agriculture to the local community and environment.

Teuton served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 to 1975. He also served on numerous boards and in many organizations, including the following: steer chairman of the Southeastern Youth Fair and the executive board of the youth fair; past president of the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association; a member on the Marion County Farm Bureau Board of Directors; a member of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association; and Marion County’s representative on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

In 1974, Teuton was selected as the Young Farmer of the Year for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce. The Southeastern Youth Fair was dedicated to him in 2021.

During Farm City Week, Teuton’s achievements will be commemorated with a bronze plaque in the permanent Hall of Fame exhibit located in the foyer of the Extension Service auditorium. This plaque will feature his photo and a summary of his achievements in agriculture.

Since 2003, the Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame has recognized individuals who have made tremendous contributions to the furtherance of agriculture in the community. Previous Hall of Fame honorees include 32 men and three women who are credited for their advancement in Marion County’s agricultural history.

The growing list of Hall of Fame honorees also includes Mark Shuffitt, Gus Gray, Jerry Arthur, Russ Randall, Bud Boyer, Jim Williams, Franklin “Frank” Walter Smith, Adolph “Al” Kunz, Harry Mangurian, Jr., Arlen Jumper, D.A. Lewis, Jr., Nathan Mayo, Michael and Joseph O’Farrell,  Marilyn Grant, Kay Richardson, Bill Reese, Carey Robbins, E.L. Strickland, Carol Harris, Elmer Heubeck, Jo Ann Smith, James M. ‘Jimmie’ Glisson, Barnard Grant, Edsel W. Rowan, Charles Seiler, Jr., Dr. William R. Brawner, Jackson C. Dudley, Carl Rose, Ned H. Folks, O.D. “Buddy” Huff, Carl G. Rose, Leroy Baldwin, T. Richard Barber, Jr., Bonnie M. Heath II, Douglas H. Oswald,  Robert Renner, David Baillie, Jr., and Marion Roche.

For more information on induction ceremony sponsorships or tickets, please contact Patricia D. Nobles, Marion County Extension Director and Extension Agent III, M.Ed., via phone (352-671-8400) or email ([email protected]).