John Oscar “J.O.” Schlechter is a humble pioneer who has dedicated his life to the agricultural industry, his family, and most importantly, his relationship with Jesus Christ.  After graduating from the University of Florida in 1958, Mr. Schlechter began his lifelong career as a farmer. He bought Everglades Farm Equipment from his father in 1971,...
Eugene (Gene) J. McAvoy has spent more than 50 years supporting and advocating for the agricultural industry in Florida and around the world. McAvoy was an excellent educator and spokesperson for agriculture during his 25-year career with the UF/IFAS Extension service. He joined the Hendry County Extension office in 1997 as the vegetable/horticulture agent. In...
Mr. John L. Hoblick is a third-generation farmer and owner of Hoblick Greens in DeLeon Springs. He is a proud grower member of FernTrust Co-operative since 1996.  As a champion for agriculture, he advocates for the livelihood and profitability of farmers and ranchers statewide. His love for farming led him to become the president of...


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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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The video profiles of the inductees from 1980 through 2017 were produced by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. More information is available at:

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