Tag Archives | sugar cane

Joe Marlin Hilliard

Joe Marlin Hilliard was born in Fort Myers, Florida, and grew up in Hendry County, where he graduated from Clewiston High School in 1961. Following graduation, Hilliard began working on Hilliard Brothers Cattle Ranch, which was founded by his grandfather in 1906 and later owned by his father and uncle in the 1920s. Hilliard implemented […]

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Dr. Joseph Orsenigo

Dr. Joseph Orsenigo was a well-known research scientist and professor of plant physiology at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center.  From 1957 to 1975, he headed up the center’s research program in weed science, developing environmentally safe herbicide programs for sugarcane and vegetable crops. Orsenigo was born in 1922 in Berryville, New […]

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Fritz Stein Jr.

Fritz Stein owns and operates a 3,300-acre cattle ranch in Highlands County and a 750-acre sugarcane farm in Palm Beach County’s Everglades Agricultural Area.  That would be enough to keep most people busy, but for Stein it is just the tip of the iceberg.  A mind-boggling array of industry groups and civic organizations benefit from […]

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Ruth Wedgworth

Ruth Springer Wedgworth was widowed at an early age, with three small children to support, but quickly took firm hold of the family business, which centered on celery, sugar cane and produce in the Belle Glade area. She gained respect in what was then considered a man’s world by donning boots and joining them in […]

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John Boy

John Buckner Boy, Sr., served 41 years with U.S. Sugar, the largest cane milling operation in North America, 17 of those years as president. He expanded the corporation’s interests into cattle, vegetables, citrus and sod and pioneered many innovations in equipment and methods in the sugar cane industry. Under his leadership, U.S. Sugar donated land […]

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John, Andrew Jr., & Ferdinand Duda

John, Andrew Jr., &  Ferdinand Duda The three brothers who founded the renowned A. Duda & Sons produce operation, John (1904), Andrew, Jr. (1906), and Ferdinand (1909), have been recognized for a sound company that has brought credit to Florida’s agricultural community. Starting with a 10-acre family farm established by their father at Slavia in […]

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