ronment, one that is half Charolais
and half Ultrablack,” says Lynetta.
“Ultrablack is a Brangus-Angus
Calves are marketed through
Florida Cattle Ranchers, a branded
beef partnership. “We take cattle
from ranches where they are
born, and add weight to them
before they go to feedlots,” she
says. These cattle gain weight
by grazing and by eating some
non-traditional feeds, such as
dried distillers grains and bakery
The farm’s silvopasture program allows
forage grazing under pine trees. “This works
great when forage is short during the winter,”
They also raise Wagyu Japanese beef
cattle. They have contracted with Imperial
Beef of Nebraska to use Wagyu bulls on their
female cattle to produce 200 to 300 head of
F1 Wagyu calves each year.
“We buy timber from private landowners and we cut timber from our own land,”
she says. She operates four logging crews
and a trucking business to haul the logs. The
company has 36 employees and delivers
about 200 loads each week to wood mills in
Early in the Trump administration, Lynetta
was invited to the White House for a Farmers
Roundtable discussion. She was the only rep-
resentative of the timber industry and one of
two representatives from the cattle industry.
She served on the board and as president
of Friends of Fanning, Inc., to support Fanning
Springs State Park. She is a member of Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, a director of Drummond Community Bank, was the first woman
to serve as president of the Florida Forestry
Association, and was named by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam as the
2013 Florida Woman of the Year in Agriculture.
She served on the board and as chair of
the Suwannee River Water Management
District, advises on potential state land
purchases for the Florida Forever program,
serves on the board of Florida’s Nature Conservancy, and advises the Florida Forestry
Council state forester.
Usher Land & Timber has received Logger
of the Year recognition at state,
regional, and national levels.
The farm was recognized by
the County Alliance for Respon-
sible Environmental Stewardship
(CARES) program for its practices
to protect the environment. The
business also was recognized by
the Audubon Society for its sus-
tainable forestry practices.
To honor her late brother,
Lynette helps run the Tommy
Usher Log a Load for Kids charity,
which raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network and the
Ken, a cancer survivor, recently finished
serving a term as president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, has served on the board
of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,
and was recognized by Farm Credit of Florida
and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association as an
Outstanding Rancher & Leader.
Ken and Lynetta’s son, Korey, is a major
contributor in developing heifers and managing the cattle. He says the cattle grow yards
allow the farm to act as a stocker operation
by raising cattle from 400 pounds up to 750
Lynetta Usher and nominator Jared Lanier
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