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Latimer “Latt” Maxcy had a profound impact on Florida agriculture in all phases of citrus development and beef cattle production. Starting as a water boy in the phosphate mines of central Florida at the turn of the century, Maxcy went on to develop extensive citrus grove and processing holdings, along with cattle and fertilizer operations....
Karl Albritton Bartow native and Sarasota resident, Karl Albritton, has devoted his life to the production and sale of Florida citrus. He utilized his mechanical know-how to develop many of the early tools and equipment that aid in the production of citrus. He designed the packinghouse systems, layout and equipment for the Albritton Fruit Company...
Julian B. Lane, former mayor of Tampa, member of the house of representatives, senate and a lifelong dairyman, owns Lane Cattle Co. and Lane Citrus Co. He received his degree in business administration from the University of Florida, and before World War II, he and his brother operated a dairy at Largo, Florida. Lane served...
Charles P. Lykes served as president of Lykes Brothers, Inc. from 1957-83 when he became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the cattle, citrus, meatpacking and shipping companies.  He began his career with the family firm upon graduation from Washington & Lee University in 1939 with a degree in commerce. Lykes has...
Paul Beary Dickman founded the first tomato packinghouse in Ruskin. Starting with one acre of tomatoes, he became one of the state’s largest growers, with over 3,000 acres of vegetables. He expanded his interests to include citrus, cattle and a pre-cooling service for fresh produce.  Dickman developed many items of specialized equipment for growing staked...
Anthony T. Rossi is the founder of Tropicana Products, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of orange juice. Rossi, who had the equivalent of a high school education in Sicily, came to America at the age of 21 and educated himself to the point that he became an expert mathematician and mechanical engineer....
Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., started out in the citrus business with a 10-acre grove given to him by his father and subsequently built one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Florida.  He has made major financial contributions to citrus research and education work conducted by the University of Florida and served in leadership positions on...
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