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Agriculture Press Release

May 10, 2001

Bush announces Bronson as Commissioner of Agriculture 

TALLAHASSEE-- Governor Jeb Bush today announced the appointment of Senator Charles Bronson as Florida's Agriculture Commissioner, a position in which he will serve through the end of the current term in January 2003. He will replace Interim Commissioner Terry L. Rhodes, who will return to her previously held position as assistant commissioner. Bronson's term will begin effective Monday, May 14, 2001. 

"Charlie has been immersed in the agricultural issues of this state all of his life. His knowledge was cultivated through his family's agricultural heritage that dates back to the 1600s, as well as through his service to the state," said Governor Bush. "As a Senator, and as a member and chairman of numerous commissions and committees, his dedication to Florida's agricultural resources has been continually evident. Charlie's tremendous experience and expertise will be an incredible asset to the department and the people of Florida." 

As Commissioner, Bronson will direct the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' statewide efforts to safeguard the public and support Florida's agricultural economy through: the inspection and testing of food commodities; consumer protection programs aimed to reduce unfair and deceptive business practices; assisting Florida's farmers and agricultural industries with the production and promotion of agricultural products; and conserving and protecting the state's agricultural and natural resources by reducing wildfires and managing public lands. 

"I am both humbled and honored by today's announcement. I would first like to thank Governor Bush for his confidence in my ability to lead Florida's Department of Agriculture. I am looking forward to this great opportunity and to meeting the challenges that lay ahead," said Commissioner Charles Bronson. "I would also like to recognize and thank Interim Commissioner Terry Rhodes for the wonderful job she has done running the Department. I thank her for all of her hard work and look forward to working with her and the fine men and women of the Department of Agriculture, who share in our mutual passion to promote and protect one of our state's largest industries." 

Bronson has been a Florida State Senator since 1994, serving as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee (1998 to present), as well as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee (1996 to 1998), among others. He has received numerous awards, including the Brevard County Farm Bureau "Distinguished Farm Service Award" in 2000, the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida Legislative Conservation Award in 1999, as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Legislative Appreciation Award in 1999. He has also been an agri-business owner/operator in Florida since 1973. 

Bronson earned his A.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1970, and his B.S.A. in Animal Science and Agricultural Education from the University of Georgia in 1973. 

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