Robert Pitman

Robert G. Pitman, Jr., 1982 Inductee

Robert G. Pitman, Jr., 1982 Inductee

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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