Don A. Storms, Sr., of Plant City is considered the “father” of vocational agriculture in Hillsborough County. It was under his leadership in the 1940’s as a vo-ag teacher and supervisor that vocational agriculture in Hillsborough County became a vital part of the high school. Storms served as a supervisor of vocational agriculture in the...
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...
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...
In 36 years with the Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Cooperative Extension Service, J. Francis Cooper of Gainesville disseminated information about all phases of Florida agriculture and rural home life through the print media, radio and television. Tweet
Gilbert Andrew Tucker of Cocoa has provided dynamic and unselfish leadership to the Florida beef industry and has been an innovator of marketing systems of Florida cattle. Among the specific programs benefiting from Tucker’s leadership have been the Florida baby beef promotion, beef importation, grading standards for beef, graded feeder calf sales and development of...
Irlo Overstreet Bronson of Kissimmee was the fourth generation of cattlemen in his family. He was known as “Mr. Florida Cattleman” for his work with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. He was a charter member of the FCA and donated the land on which the present state headquarters is located. In addition to his cattle and...


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