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As president of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association for 26 years, Mike Stuart has been a highly respected leader, ambassador and spokesperson for Florida specialty crop agriculture. His leadership and dedicated service have benefited the grower-shipper community statewide, regionally and nationally. Throughout his career, he has been a sought-out source of knowledge and expertise...
Edward, Ferdinand and Joseph Duda, together and individually, represent significant contributions to both state and national agriculture. All three men are members of the Duda family’s third generation and have represented their family’s collective ownership in the agriculture and real estate business known as A. Duda & Sons, Inc. by serving as President, CEO and...
Wayne Hawkins dedicated his long career to helping Florida fruit and vegetable growers unite to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive environment. Farmers are generally an independent bunch, but when times are tough they look for leadership—and Hawkins provided that. He understood that what is impossible for a single grower can be accomplished by...
George F. Sorn was born October 11, 1927, in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Following graduation from Bridgeton High School, he attended Rutgers University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, with honors. As a young man, Sorn learned first hand about the fruit and vegetable industry while working in the fields of New...
The late Kenneth “Ken” F. Jorgensen was president of Zellwin Farms Company, a 5,000-acre vegetable farm in Zellwood that was purchased by the state as part of the Lake Apopka restoration program. Fresh from the U.S. Army Air Corps, Jorgensen started farming in Florida in 1944 for the Beechnut Baby Food Company. By 1946, he...
The late Robert “Bob” Billingsly Whisenant was born in Cuba in 1903 and came to Florida in 1914 and attended the University of Florida where he majored in civil engineering and then took a job as an engineer with the East Coast Railroad. Drawing on his background as an engineer, Whisenant put sub-irrigation in many...
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...
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