Bill Carey was a leader in the Florida cattle and dairy industries, and his wife Trudy continues to play an important role in Florida agriculture today. Together Bill and Trudy founded the Carey Cattle Company, Russell’s Dairy, Carey Beef, Inc., Carey Feedlot, Inc., and Carey Agri-International. In addition, the Careys generously volunteered their time with...
Pat Cockrell is a former agriculture teacher and a longtime leader of the Florida Farm Bureau.  Through his work with the public schools and the Farm Bureau and his volunteer efforts with 4-H and FFA, he has proven himself to be a tireless champion of agriculture, especially agricultural research and education. Born in 1946 in...
Dr. Joseph Orsenigo was a well-known research scientist and professor of plant physiology at the University of Florida’s Everglades Research and Education Center.  From 1957 to 1975, he headed up the center’s research program in weed science, developing environmentally safe herbicide programs for sugarcane and vegetable crops. Orsenigo was born in 1922 in Berryville, New...
Dr. Paul Lyrene is a world-renowned plant breeder who has dedicated his career to the development of early ripening, high-quality blueberry cultivars that are productive in Florida’s humid, subtropical climate.  His work has been critical to the development of the Florida blueberry industry.  As University of Florida horticulture professor Dr. Jeff Williamson says, “The Florida...


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