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James Davidson

Dr. James M. Davidson devoted nearly 25 years of his life in service to Florida agriculture. He made substantial contributions to the field of soil science and provided invaluable support to the agriculture industry through his leadership of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Davidson was born on April 16, […]

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Paul J. DiMare

Affectionately known as “Mr. Tomato,” Paul J. DiMare is the largest grower of fresh-market tomatoes in the United States and one of the country’s most influential farmers. He has made major contributions to the industry in the areas of trade, product enhancement and public awareness. DiMare was born on April 14, 1941, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. […]

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William D. Long

William D. “Billy” Long came to Florida in 1952 with $2,000 and a John Deere tractor. Twenty-five years later he had revolutionized the way Florida farmers produce and harvest their crops. His innovations made Florida’s agriculture industry more productive and more profitable, and his unbridled enthusiasm for Florida farming inspired legions of younger growers. As […]

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Jo Ann Doke Smith

Born on May 9, 1939, Jo Ann Doke Smith grew up in Alachua County in a pioneer Florida farming and ranching family. She is a fourth-generation Floridian and has been a champion of agriculture throughout her entire career. Smith began her working life as an accountant and office manager in the family business, Smith Brothers […]

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Frank Williamson Jr.

A successful citrus grower, rancher and aquaculturist, Frank “Sonny” Williamson Jr. is among Florida’s most progressive farmers. He is arguably Florida’s — and the nation’s — premier agro-ecologist. A visionary leader, Williamson understands that farmers must protect and preserve the natural environment in order to sustain their industry. For the last 25 years he has […]

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