Former Florida agriculture commissioner Charles Bronson is among the latest group of inductees into the Sunshine State’s hall of fame.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation picked Bronson, agriculture commissioner from 2001-11, as a 2012 Hall of Fame inductee.
A Kissimmee, Fla., native, Bronson headed the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture and was a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee.
A former state senator, he is also credited with creating the state’s Fresh from Florida produce retail marketing program, which is in its 14th season.
Bronson was also noted for negotiating the state’s settlement with BP (British Petroleum) in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill and started the Farm To Fuel alternative energy program.
Another nominee is Daniel Botts, the director of the Maitland-based Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s environmental and pest management division.
Botts is being recognized as a leader and a advocate for Florida growers in pesticide policy. His work helped ensure continued availability of key crop protectants including methyl bromide, according to a news release.