Florida Ag Hall of Fame to induct FFVA’s Dan Botts

02/18/2013 04:26:00 PM
Lisa Lochridge

Dan BottsDan BottsFFVA’s own Dan Botts will be inducted this month into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame, topping off a long list of honors he has already received for a 30-plus-year career devoted to specialty crop agriculture.

It’s an honor bestowed on men and women in our state who have committed their lives and work to promoting and protecting Florida agriculture. To a person, each Hall of Fame inductee has displayed personal passion and professional commitment to our industry.

They have served in a variety of capacities, including research, business and education. Their efforts have resulted in a stronger industry for the next generation.

Dan, who is FFVA’s vice president of industry resources, is known not just in Florida and the Southeast. His tireless work to ensure that growers continue to have access to essential crop-protection tools is respected internationally.

He has served as a strong, steady voice for Florida growers, who face steep pest and disease pressures and a regulatory environment that grows tougher every year.

The Florida Fertilizer and Agricultural Chemical Association nominated Dan for the Hall of Fame. In her nomination, executive director Mary Hartney wrote, “Dan’s greatest career achievements are in plowing through the regulatory minefields, paving the path for continued access to agchem inputs, serving as the growers’ voice at EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs and influencing the international debate on the phase-out of methyl bromide and the critical use exemption process that has allowed Florida growers continued access to this fumigant years after it would have been lost otherwise.

“He is indefatigable – the date stamps on his sent emails are a clue to just how long and hard he works every day. His is no 9-to-5 job – his is a vocation, a calling, a passion, a selfless devotion to representing growers.”

The effects of Dan’s work are felt throughout the industry as fruit and vegetable growers face one crippling plant pest or disease after another.

“Over the decades, Dan has been a major contributor to the efforts to solve Florida’s worst pest management issues – whether it was medfly eradication, getting rid of rodents overrunning Orange County, protocols for area wide psyllid spraying, rooting out root weevils, and so many more… He continues to work on the major issues of the day – controlling citrus greening and protecting both water quality and ag production through the adoption of science-based numeric nutrient criteria.”

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