Leaders of Agriculture

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.

2024 Inductees

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame has honored 171 inductees since 1980.

John O. Schlechter

John Oscar “J.O.” Schlechter is a humble pioneer who has dedicated his life to the agricultural industry, his family, and most importantly, his relationship with Jesus Christ.  After graduating from the University of Florida in 1958, Mr. Schlechter began his lifelong career as a farmer. He bought Everglades Farm Equipment from his father in 1971,...
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Eugene (Gene) McAvoy

Eugene (Gene) J. McAvoy has spent more than 50 years supporting and advocating for the agricultural industry in Florida and around the world. McAvoy was an excellent educator and spokesperson for agriculture during his 25-year career with the UF/IFAS Extension service. He joined the Hendry County Extension office in 1997 as the vegetable/horticulture agent. In...
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John L. Hoblick

Mr. John L. Hoblick is a third-generation farmer and owner of Hoblick Greens in DeLeon Springs. He is a proud grower member of FernTrust Co-operative since 1996.  As a champion for agriculture, he advocates for the livelihood and profitability of farmers and ranchers statewide. His love for farming led him to become the president of...
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The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation and the Florida State Fair Authority invite you to attend the next Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet.


Anyone can nominate an agriculture veteran for consideration to be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Nominators are encouraged to submit a thorough, well-developed submission that shows the magnitude of a nominee’s contributions to the industry.

Mentoring and Scholarship

Young people involved in agriculture are a key part of the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet. It is those young agriculturalists that will pave the way for the future of this great industry.


Florida Agriculture's Greatest Pioneers, Innovators, and Heros

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2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 Joseph A. Duda, 2015 Inductee 2015 2014 2013 Gerald Mixon, 2012 Inductee 2012 Bill and Trudy Carey, 2011 Inductees 2011 Ben Hill Griffin III, 2010 Inductee 2010 Mason Smoak, 2009 Inductee 2009 Dr. Alto Alfred Straughn, 2008 Inductee 2008

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