Robert G. Pitman, Jr., is given much of the credit for the successful passage of the Florida Agricultural Assessment Law, known as the “Greenbelt Law,” which has saved Florida farmers untold millions of dollars in real property taxes. In addition to his involvement in agricultural taxation and legislation, Pitman developed and patented a new citrus variety, the mandarin-type orange known as the Ponkan. Pitman also changed and expanded his Apopka nursery operation to satisfy the growing demand for standard citrus varieties stimulated by the advent of concentrate. He served as an organizing director of the Hughes Memorial Foundation, a citrus budwood program of nucellar budwood.
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The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.
The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu
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- Sam Killebrew, Sr. September 20, 2018
- Michael J. Stuart September 20, 2018
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