Six agricultural leaders will be inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame for 2015.
They are Peyton Turner Wilson of Frostproof; Alvin Warnick of Gainesville; Robert Blake Whisenant of Parrish; and Edward, Ferdinand and Joseph Duda of Oveido.
• Wilson was president of the Latt Maxcy Corp. and owner of Crooked Lake Ranch for more than 30 years. The well-known citrus producer and cattle rancher was active in several cattle organizations.
• Warnick was a University of Florida reproductive physiologist who transformed the cattle industry through his research into reproduction and new breeding techniques.
• Whisenant was one of the first citrus and vegetable producers to use integrated pest management as well as micro-irrigation.
He also invented the Earthbox, a self-contained system for growing most crops with less water.
• Edward, Ferdinand and Joseph Duda served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, respectively, of A. Duda & Sons. They were some of the first to reduce the use of pesticides, replacing chemicals with crop rotation and field flooding. They also adopted micro-jet sprinkler irrigation and water retention systems to conserve and reuse water.
In addition, they served on dozens of boards and associations over five decades. Under their leadership, the company diversified its agricultural commodities and developed a world-renowned celery breeding program.
They will be formally recognized in March 2015 during the Florida State Fair and the Hall of Fame Dinner.
Read more about these inductees at the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame.