For more information:
Richard Gunnels
(850) 488-3022

Agriculture Press Release

August 23, 2002

Nominations for ‘‘Woman of the Year in Agriculture" are now being accepted, Bronson announces

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that nominations are being accepted for the 2002 "Woman of the Year in Agriculture" award. The award, now in its 18th year, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture.

"This award spotlights the vital role of women in Florida agriculture and serves to encourage other women to get involved in the business," Bronson said. "Many women have made significant contributions over the years in developing and sustaining this industry, which has an economic impact estimated at more than $50 billion annually."

Those nominated for the award will be judged by a panel familiar with Florida agriculture. The award will be presented in February at the opening-day luncheon of the 2003 Florida State Fair in Tampa.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which sponsors the event, has sent nomination forms to agricultural organizations around the state. The deadline for submitting nominations to the Department is November 1, 2002. Nominations remain active for two years; after that time they must be resubmitted in order to be considered.

For more information about the "Woman of the Year in Agriculture" award including screening criteria and biographies of previous winners, or to obtain nomination forms, visit or call Richard Gunnels at (850) 488-3022.

Previous winners of the award are:

2001 Barbara Carlton of Sidell, manager of family cow-calf and citrus operation.

2000 Helen Houck of Perry, cattle rancher and agricultural advocate.

1999 Vina Jean Banks of Balm, operator of family cattle operation and tropical fish farm.

1998 Nancy Gurnett Hardy of Winter Haven, publisher of "The Florida Citrus Reporter" and writer for other trade publications.

1997 Gertrude "Trudy" Carey of Hillsborough County, manager of family beef and cattle businesses and promoter of the beef industry.

1996 Norma Stokes of Highlands County, a cattlewoman and effective communicator for the cattle industry and Florida agriculture.

1995 Louve "Vee" Frierson Platt of Clewiston, sugar cane grower and supporter of Glades farmers Patricia Robbins of Miami, executive director of Farm Share Inc., a non-profit food recovery and distribution organization.

1994 Anne Wardlaw Dickinson of Frostproof, an educator and promoter of Florida agriculture involved in citrus and cattle production.

1993 Sarah W. Bailey of St. Johns County, a cattlewoman active in agricultural and environmental issues.

1992 Carol C. Murphy, owner and operator of a foliage-production business in Volusia County.

1991 Ruth M. Tucker, Brevard County cattlewoman.

1990 Jeanette Barthle, Pasco County cattlewoman.

1989 Belle Jeffords, owner and operator of a cattle and farming operation in Alachua County.

1988 Carolyn Reed Kempfer, owner and operator of the 30,000-acre Deer Park Ranch in Osceola and Brevard counties.

1987 Dorothy Conner Shipes, a Lake County citrus grower and former Florida Citrus Commission member.

1986 Ruth Wedgworth, a businesswoman, farmer, and civic leader from Belle Glade.

1985 Jo Ann Smith, former USDA assistant secretary and Marion County rancher.


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