Dan McClure was one of Florida’s most successful tomato growers, with multiple large farms scattered across the state.  He was a strong supporter of agricultural research and helped advance the industry through the use of cutting-edge automation and other technology.  He was an outspoken advocate for agriculture and lent his leadership skills to many of...
Richard Alger is one of South Florida’s most successful agriculturists, the owner of Alger Farms, Inc., which harvests over 1,200 acres of sweet corn and 200 acres of trees in Miami-Dade County.  Alger is an effective leader of and spokesman for his industry.  A Yale-educated plant scientist, he is a strong voice for agriculture in...
Ben Hill Griffin III is one of the giants of the Florida citrus industry. The son of legendary Florida land baron, citrus grower, and state legislator Ben Hill Griffin Jr., he has expanded his father’s empire, diversifying the family agribusinesses and continuing his father’s well-known tradition of philanthropy.  As the head of Ben Hill Griffin,...
Rudy Hamrick was a major force in North Florida agriculture for nearly three decades.  As director of the Madison County Extension office from 1951 to 1977, his impact on the county’s economy was dramatic.  When Hamrick first came to Madison, the tobacco industry was declining all across Northwest Florida.  Farm incomes were shrinking, along with...


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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.

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