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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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Fred Y. Montsdeoca

Fred Y. Montsdeoca spent the last four decades in service to Florida agriculture through his businesses: Dixie Lime Products, Inc., and Montsdeoca Ranch, Inc. Montsdeoca was born into an agricultural lifestyle shaped by his father, who was a Florida Agricultural Extension Agent in Glades and Okeechobee counties from 1930-1971, working with the Seminole Indian tribe […]

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Arlen Jumper

One of Arlen Jumper’s football coaches at the University of Florida once said that Jumper played above his physical abilities in order to excel. That same dedication to excellence has defined his career in Florida agriculture for more than 40 years. Arlen Neil “Ole Jump” Jumper was born in Waco, Texas, on October 16, 1931. […]

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Richard Minton

Oma Richard “Dick” Minton Sr. was born July 20, 1925, in Hastings, to a pioneering agricultural family that had farmed potatoes in that area for three generations. The family moved to Vero Beach in 1933 and later to Fort Pierce. Minton bought his first citrus grove at the age of 17 when the Indian River […]

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J.R. Graves

J.R. “Rip” Graves came from a family who owned a North Florida sawmill and lumber company, the beginning of a lifelong career that would involve him in all aspects of growing, packing, processing and marketing citrus and place him in leadership positions for Florida Citrus Mutual, Florida Citrus Packers, the Florida Citrus Commission and what […]

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Bernard Egan

Bernard A. Egan, the youngest of nine children and the son of an Irish emigre, was born on June 7, 1914, in Elizabeth, N.J. A product of the Great Depression who majored in pre-law at New York’s Fordham University, Egan devoted his successful 64-year career to the expansion of export markets for fresh Florida citrus […]

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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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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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