Mr. Herman Laramore was the sixth recipient of the University of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center – Marianna Hall of Fame Award. The Hall of Fame Award is presented to individuals that have made significant contributions of their time, guidance, support, and leadership to the NFREC-Marianna.
Laramore owns and operates one of the largest beef cattle operations in the Florida panhandle and is a progressive producer that implements numerous new technologies to enhance the productivity of his operation. As a friend of the NFREC-Marianna, Herman has provided leadership and support to the beef/forage program at the Center. He has served on the FL Bull Test Advisory Committee, on numerous occasions he has served on search and screen committees for faculty positions and most recently for the NFREC Center Director.
In addition, Herman provides guidance for NFREC by serving on the NFREC Advisory Council and working as an advocate for NFREC with the legislature and local law makers to ensure that the necessary funds were secured for development of the NFREC facilities. He has been instrumental in assisting in the decision making process when developing the beef and forage facilities, pastures, and equipment.
Laramore also allows University of Florida faculity to utilize his operation to obtain data on several experiments and to field test new technologies. He is an early adopter of new ideas and technologies, including new enterprises such as Satsuma mandarins. George Hochmuth (former NFREC Center Director) stated that: "One of the most important things I appreciated about Herman was his steadfast and tireless support of the NFREC beef and forage programs and people-he is a true friend of mine and for IFAS."