Courtney Darling

Courtney Darling received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida where she majored in Sustainable Food Systems within the Department of Agronomy. She continued her studies at UF by obtaining a Master’s degree in Agronomy with a specialization in Weed Science. Her graduate work focused on the tolerance of Bermudagrass to glyphosate and use of ALS inhibiting herbicides on perennial grass control. It was also at UF where she met her husband and started a family owned and operated hay farm where they grow perennial peanut for a niche horse market. After her schooling she accepted a position as the UF/IFAS Suwannee County Agriculture and Natural Recourses Extension Agent with a concentration in livestock, forages, and natural resources. She later transitioned into a new role as Communications Manager at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. During this role she coordinated their statewide County Alliance for Responsible Environmental Stewardship (CARES) program which publicly recognizes farmers and ranchers who strive to protect Florida’s natural resources through the implantation of Best Management Practices. She is excited to continue her passion for sustainable agriculture in her new position as a Ranchland Management Specialist with Florida Conservation Group where she will be able to assist ranchers in implementing grazing plans that improve water quality and quantity.