Commissioner Adam H. Putnam


Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Commissioner's Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

1994 Winner

A. Duda and Sons, Inc.
Oviedo, Florida

A. Duda & Sons, Inc., has long been at the forefront of developing and implementing practical integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. These practices address the myriad crop production scenarios inherent in a geographically and agriculturally diverse operation. In addition to focusing on the economic and technical control standards found in a world-class operation, these programs also consider the biological and ecological needs of the production area.

The high direct costs of many of these changes were absorbed with the knowledge that an ecologically sound pest control strategy carries long-term benefits. Through innovation and leadership, the Duda organization has demonstrated the economic benefits of such programs, and has helped move the industry toward more environmentally sound pest control practices.

In addition to implementing IPM programs developed under the supervision of its own research and development department, the company recently adopted Best Management Practices (BPM) to help reduce phosphorus runoff from its farms. These practices are effectively addressing environmental issues that are in the forefront in South Florida. A. Duda & Sons remains committed to developing new practices and techniques. As new pests emerge, along with new and varied crop production, the company continues to modify and enhance the sustainability of its production practices with a continued eye toward stewardship of the area’s natural resources. -- 1994

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