George H. Wedgworth contributed greatly to the viability and growth of the vegetable and sugar industries in the Everglades agricultural area. He was instrumental in the formation and operation of the Florida Sugar Cane League and other trade and marketing associations relating to sugar, celery and sweet corn, serving as an officer or director of numerous organizations for many years. As president of Wedgworth Farms, he became a leading celery and vegetable producer and he was a pioneer in developing the sugar industry in the Everglades area in the 1950s. Wedgworth Farms Inc. committeed $1 million for facilities and endowments at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade. For more than 20 years, Wedgworth served as chairman of the FSCL’s Environmental Quality Committee, which dealt with water and air quality matters relating to agricultural producers in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Wedgworth was named Progressive Farmer magazine’s “Man of the Year in Service to Florida Agriculture” in 1970.
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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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