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Bert Roper

Bert Edward Roper became part of a citrus family tradition when he was born Nov. 7, 1923, in Winter Garden. Though he has devoted his life since then to running the family citrus business, Roper Growers Cooperative, and other citrus interests, Roper is perhaps best known for developing a revolutionary electronic device that has made […]

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Fountain May

Fountain “Fount” H. May, Sr. Born Oct. 17, 1919, on the family farm in Quincy, Fla., Fountain “Fount” H. May Sr. has never left his agricultural roots. May is owner of a 300-acre container nursery in Quincy, and an industry leader who has helped introduce Florida nursery products to markets around the world. He started […]

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Copeland Griswold

Copeland Griswold Regarded as a pioneer of Florida’s cotton industry, Copeland Griswold spearheaded a program to eradicate the boll weevil. Realizing the economic and environmental advantages, Griswold worked tirelessly in the mid- 1980s to secure state and federal funds to offset the high costs of the program’s launch. He served as the first chairman of […]

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Al Bellotto

Al Bellotto He is a respected leader in much of Florida’s agriculture industry, but Al Bellotto will always be known as one of the state’s renowned cattlemen and citrus growers. Born February 15, 1925, in a Dundee, Florida, log house, Bellotto started his cattle herd at age 11. Working for 50 cents a day, he […]

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