J.O. Pearce, Jr., an Okeechobee native, has been a long-time leader in the development of programs to control and eradicate cattle disease and pests in Florida. As president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association in the late 1950s, he lobbied Congress and the Florida Legislature for the appropriation of funds aimed at eradicating the deadly screwworm in Florida and the Southeast. Largely as a result of his efforts, this cattle pest was eradicated. Pearce headed the U.S Livestock and Health Technical Committee that negotiated the federal and state policies for the brucellosis eradication program in Florida. In 1984-85 he was president of the United States Animal Health Association, which is dedicated to the elimination of animal disease.
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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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- Don Bennink September 20, 2018
- Richard Gaskalla September 20, 2018
- Sam Killebrew, Sr. September 20, 2018
- Michael J. Stuart September 20, 2018
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