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Wayne Mixson

Gov. Wayne Mixson’s leadership ability was recognized early and as president of his local county Farm Bureau, he worked tirelessly to get telephones installed in rural areas and to eradicate hog cholera from Florida. Mixson’s career as a statesman began with his election to the Florida House of Representatives in 1967. As chairman of the […]

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Barnette Green

Barnette E. “Barney” Green, Jr. As president of Greene’s Citrus Management, Inc., and owner of Bar-G-Bar Ranch, Inc., Barnette E. “Barney” Green, Jr., is a well-known cattle rancher and citrus grower in Vero Beach and served as the first chairman of the board of what became the Orange Avenue Citrus Growers, Inc. He is also […]

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Henry Gatrell

The late Henry Gatrell was the son of the town doctor in Fairfield and might have pursued a career in medicine. Instead, he went into agriculture and became the largest swine exporter in the United States.  He was the owner and operator of a 200-acre general farm in Fairfield, where he raised purebred Duroc swine. […]

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Snead Davis

Snead Young Mathews Davis and her husband, Thomas Mathews, established the first herd of registered Hereford cattle in Florida near Alachua. Davis led efforts to modernize the Florida livestock industry through the use of purebred cattle, universal health practices and state-of-the-art breeding programs.  Davis has served on the University of Florida Foundation’s Board of Directors […]

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Neal Brooks

Neal Palmer “Pal” Brooks, president of J.R. Brooks and Son, Inc., a $60 million business that is the nation’s leading producer of tropical fruit, went into the family business in 1961 and bought the business from his father in 1967. Peers described the Miami native as someone who runs his tropical fruit business with “the […]

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