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James Wershow

James S. Wershow was a professor of law and agricultural law at the University of Florida and provided numerous state government agencies with counsel on agricultural law. He owned and managed a successful beef breeding farm. Wershow was a principal author of the Florida “Greenbelt Law” which provides for agricultural use assessment of Florida farmland […]

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J.O. Pearce

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 […]

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Anthony Rossi

Anthony T. Rossi is the founder of Tropicana Products, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of orange juice. Rossi, who had the equivalent of a high school education in Sicily, came to America at the age of 21 and educated himself to the point that he became an expert mathematician and mechanical engineer. […]

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Ben Hill Griffin

Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., started out in the citrus business with a 10-acre grove given to him by his father and subsequently built one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Florida.  He has made major financial contributions to citrus research and education work conducted by the University of Florida and served in leadership positions on […]

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