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Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making

Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

Julian B. Lane

Julian B. Lane, 76, former mayor of Tampa, and a member of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate, and a lifelong dairyman, owns Lane Cattle Co. and Lane Citrus Co.

He worked as a young boy on his father's dairy farm and in the retail dairy business. He received his degree in business administration from the University of Florida, and before World War II, he and his brother operated a dairy at Largo, Florida. Lane served in the U.S. Army in World War II, rising to lieutenant colonel. He returned to Florida after the war, bought a dairy and entered the beef cattle and citrus industries as well.

Lane was instrumental in organizing Tampa Independent Dairy Farmers Inc.

Lane served as secretary of the Florida State Racing Commission from 1951 to 1953, as mayor of the City of Tampa from 1959 to 1963, served in the House of Representatives from 1970 to 1972, and in the Senate from 1972 to 1976. He has served as chairman of the board of Pan American Bank and on the board of directors of the Merchant Bank of Tampa and Brandon. He was the first president of the Agricultural Hall of Fame, and served as state chairman of f'arm-Ci ty Week for 1985-86.

He received the Kiwanis Club Layman of the Year award in 1971, the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award in 1972 and the Florida Dairyman of the Year award in 1972. He also received the Certificate of Distinction for Legislative Support from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services last August.

Lane is an active member of many Tampa civic and church activities.

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