Sustainability Pledge

In the United States, Florida is the largest sugarcane producer and second largest vegetable producer. As one of the largest corn and sugarcane growers within Florida, R.C Hatton Inc. takes our responsibility of feeding people high-quality, safe foods seriously. With this responsibility, we understand we must be careful to protect the land, so the wonderful “black gold” soil stays preserved and fertile indefinitely. RC Hatton Inc. utilizes an Integrated Pest Management program on all of its crops to ensure that pests, diseases and weeds are properly managed. To read about how Everglades Agricultural Area farmers are addressing the issue of phosphorous on our farms, click here. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more about Florida’s black gold, the importance of sustainable farming practices, and how we employ such practices.

 

 

 

 Saving the Florida Panther
Florida Panther on an R.C. Hatton farm in Lake Harbor, FL

Endangered Panther on an
R.C. Hatton Inc. farm – Lake Harbor, FL

Most people wouldn’t be too happy to see this guy lurking in their backyard. We were. We aren’t most people. The Florida Panther is critically endangered. It is estimated there are around 100 left in Florida. R.C. Hatton Inc. hopes through continued education amongst Florida farmers and residents, we can preserve and respect his habitat.

Learn more about the Florida panther here at the National Wildlife Federation’s website.

 

 

 

 

Our National Bird

In the 1960’s the bald eagle population was barely 400 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states. Then in 1967, the bald eagle received protection under the precursor to the Endangered Species Act. Since then, after decades of conservation efforts, the bald eagle has exhibited a dramatic recovery to an estimated 10,000 nesting pairs today. In 2007, the national bird was delisted from the Endangered and Threatened species list. The recovery and delisting of the national bird marks a major achievement in conservation. It brightens our day to spot the majestic birds on our land. In addition to their beauty, they serve as reminders to be thankful … for our many blessings.

eagles

Here is a pair of eagles spotted on our Florida Farm. The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America.
At one time, the word “bald” meant “white,” not hairless.