Latimer “Latt” Maxcy had a profound impact on Florida agriculture in all phases of citrus development and beef cattle production. Starting as a water boy in the phosphate mines of central Florida at the turn of the century, Maxcy went on to develop extensive citrus grove and processing holdings, along with cattle and fertilizer operations. Maxcy was one of the first growers to develop citrus groves in the Frostproof area. He later built the first packinghouse in the area and a single-strength juice cannery to handle fruit that was not suitable for fresh shipment. Maxcy began raising cattle in 1930 and he acquired extensive land holdings upon which he experimented to improve beef production, particularly through selective breeding for greater disease resistance and better meat quality. He introduced new breeds and strains of cattle to Florida while also testing range management techniques. He was one of the organizers of Florida Citrus Mutual and served as its first president. Maxcy was inducted into the Citrus Hall of Fame in 1971.
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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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