A leader in state and national poultry associations, John Powell Wallace is one of Florida’s poultry pioneers and the first chairman of the American Egg Board. He founded Wallace Hatchery Inc., in 1948 and Wallace Chicks Inc., in 1956 for the purpose of exporting chicks, hatching eggs and breeding stock to Latin America and the...
For more than six decades, Copeland “Cope” Newbern has served Florida agriculture by pursuing one goal: the betterment of Florida agriculture through quality research and education. A 1933 graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Newbern started working as a vocational ag teacher and high school football coach. He established...
The late Kenneth “Ken” F. Jorgensen was president of Zellwin Farms Company, a 5,000-acre vegetable farm in Zellwood that was purchased by the state as part of the Lake Apopka restoration program. Fresh from the U.S. Army Air Corps, Jorgensen started farming in Florida in 1944 for the Beechnut Baby Food Company. By 1946, he...
Bert J. Harris, Jr. Known as a champion of private property rights in Florida, former State Representative Bert J. Harris Jr., made the promotion of agriculture his life’s avocation. A 1943 honors graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in agriculture, Harris served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps during...
Alto “Bud” Lee Adams, Jr., is renowned for his outstanding environmental stewardship and wildlife preservation, while running a successful cattle operation at Adams Ranch in Fort Pierce, where he demonstrated that agriculture and land conservation can be successfully integrated. His environmental efforts include innovations in exotic plant pest control and wetlands management. Adams provided access...


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