Sanwa Growers Inc. and Dan Botts were among the winners when Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson presented his 2002 Agriculture-Environmental Leadership Awards on Nov. 1 in Daytona Beach.
Wimauma-based Sanwa, a vertically integrated grower-shipper and wholesaler of primarily ethnic vegetables and herbs, was recognized in part for its participation in the pilot Whole Farm Planning project, begun in 1998. The project was developed to find a streamlined way for growers to meet the regulatory burdens placed on them by multiple agencies.
An analysis of Sanwa’s operations led to a combination of 22 permits and 99 compliance conditions under one plan, which serves as a template for businesses in other counties and states.
Also honored in Daytona Beach was Botts, director of the environmental and pest management division of the Orlando-based Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. Recognized as one of the industry’s leaders on environmental and food safety issues, Botts heads FFVA’s efforts on pesticides, crop protection and environmental issues both nationally and internationally.