The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame is seeking names for its upcoming induction ceremonies.

Florida Citrus Hall of Fame requesting nominationsThe institution, which celebrates its 50th year in 2012, seeks nominees who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions to the state’s citrus industry in areas such as pioneering, harvesting, packing, processing, marketing and scientific and educational areas, according to a news release.

Induction ceremonies, scheduled for March 2 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, include a barbecue barn party honoring Florida Southern and University of Florida citrus and agriculture alumni, a “Queen for a Day” luncheon paying tribute to former Florida citrus queens and industry representatives, a golf tournament plus a golden jubilee dinner gala.

Last year’s inductees included the late Edgar Beeland, who worked more than 70 years in grower cooperatives; William Becker, president and owner of Peace River Citrus Products Inc.; Robert Bullock, a university research entomologist; and the late Frank Savage, Florida’s first grower cooperator.

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 1.