The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame has named the industry leaders who will be inducted into the group in 2019.
An induction ceremony will be during the 57th Citrus Celebration Luncheon on March 8 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
The new Florida Citrus Hall of Fame members are Richard Kinney, Tim Hurner and Peter McClure, according to a news release.
Richard Kinney was the executive vice president of Florida Citrus Packers for almost 30 years. He’s recognized as the state’s “most passionate advocate for its fresh citrus industry,” according to the release. Kinney started his career as an agriculture liaison from Rep. Andrew Ireland and later in that role for former Florida governor and senator Lawton Chiles.
He retired from Florida Citrus Packers in 2012 after almost three decades. He died in January 2015.
“During that time, he worked tirelessly to maintain export and domestic markets for fresh Florida citrus after the discovery of citrus canker, walking the halls of Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., building the case for continued market access and ensuring that scientific research supported the cause,” according to the release.
Other issues that Kinney worked on include export challenges, huanglongbing (HLB/citrus greening disease), industry consolidation and pests.
Hurner is a fourth-generation citrus grower, spending most of his career as a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agent. He’s the center director in Highland County, and his daughter took over his role as the Highlands County citrus agent in 2013. He grew the county’s 4-H program to more than 500 members, and taught at Florida Southern College, Lakeland.
McClure is a fourth-generation grower, and he helped found the Citrus Research & Development Foundation, to fight HLB. He also helped create the Florida Citrus Production Advisory Council, which funded more than $200 million in HLB research. He is the chief agriculture officer of Terviva in Fort Pierce, according to the release.
McClure has received the Florida Grower Citrus Achievement Award, the Florida State Horticulture Society’s Outstanding Commercial Horticulturalist Award and the St. Lucie County Conservationist of the Year Award.
For tickets, call Florida Citrus Mutual at (863) 682-1111 or visit the Hall of Fame website at www.florida.citrushallofFame.com.