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Richard Gaskalla

Richard Gaskalla spent four decades on the front lines defending Florida agriculture from plant pests and diseases and protecting markets and the environment. Throughout his regulatory career, he was hailed as astute, fair-minded and empathetic to producers under siege by phytosanitary threats. Gaskalla developed a green thumb at an early age helping his grandfather, who […]

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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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Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts

During her 34-year career with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Dr. Martha Rhodes Roberts has contributed to Florida’s agriculture industry as a scientific authority, industry counselor, strategist, and partner in the endeavors of Florida producers. In her current capacity as deputy commissioner, Dr. Roberts’ responsibilities include food safety, pesticides, fertilizers, seeds, agricultural […]

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Doyle Conner

Doyle E. Conner has served the citizens of Florida as an elected official for nearly four decades. He is a state legislator and, since 1961, the Commissioner of Agriculture. Conner distinguished himself on a national level by serving as past president of both the Southern and National Associations of State Departments of Agriculture and as […]

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Pliny Reasoner

Pliny Ward Reasoner accomplished much during the less than seven years he spent in Florida before he died of yellow fever at the age of 25. Six years after his arrival in Florida in 1881, Reasoner was so well recognized for competence in his field that the USDA asked him to survey the status of […]

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Louis Larson

Louis E. “Red” Larson of Okeechobee began his dairy farming career on a small rented farm in Dade County after serving as a pilot during World War II. Larson Dairy, Inc. encompasses several thousand cows and more than 10,000 acres in Okeechobee and Highlands Counties. Larson served on the USDA Dairy Advisory Committee during the […]

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