Laurence Paul Cutts’ father was a beekeeper, so it came as a natural progression that he would follow in his father’s footsteps. At 16, Laurence began raising queens to sell. This grew into a business in which he produced and sold honey and provided bees for pollination for various crops in Florida, Alabama and Georgia....
Bob Fuchs is recognized as orchid royalty around the globe. He was only 10 years old when he began collecting orchids in the wild. He was 14 when he went on his first salvage collecting trip out of the country. By the time he graduated from high school, he had amassed quite a collection and...
Gerald Mixon was born in Waycross, Ga., attended The Citadel, majoring in electrical engineering, and began his agricultural career as a weekend citrus grower and cattle rancher before he defied the experts and established a viable and profitable blueberry operation in Central Florida. Employing his engineering knowledge, Gerald eventually bought and headed his own very...
Sid Sumner has served the Florida beef cattle and agriculture industry for more than 40 years. His dedication to the industry is evident in his involvement at the local, state and national levels. Sid is a beef producer, consultant, industry representative, former extension agent, and a strong supporter of youth agriculture programs. His dedication, straight-shooting...


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