Agriculture Press Release

September 8, 1999

Higginbotham Elected Chairman Of Plant City State Farmers Market Board

PLANT CITY Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that Allen H. Higginbotham Jr., has been elected chairman of the Plant City State Farmers Market Advisory Board. The nine-member board selected Higginbotham to succeed Marshall Platt, who stepped down after 15 years as chairman, but continues on the board.

Higginbotham graduated from the University of Florida in 1977 with a bachelors degree in political science. He has worked as a real estate broker and vice president of an agricultural services company, and is now a self-employed consultant.

"This is a tremendous honor," Higginbotham said. "My roots are deep in the community and a priority of mine is to see the continued growth and success of the Plant City State Farmers Market."

The Florida State Farmers Market system, administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is comprised of 14 wholesale produce markets and one livestock auction market. Some 200 market tenants are responsible for marketing more than $200 million in Florida-grown agricultural products annually.

The Plant City market serves 25 tenants and handled more than $32 million worth of strawberries, peppers, cucumbers, watermelons and other produce last fiscal year.


For more information:

Melton Godwin
(813) 757-9027

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