Dan is well-known for the weeklong tour he organizes each spring for regulators from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies.
Many of these folks have never set foot on a farm. The tour gives them a chance to see a variety of production practices in locations across South Florida. They get a chance to talk one-on-one with growers and ask questions.
They return to their jobs with a better understanding of how the decisions they make on water and chemical registrations affect farmers’ ability to grow their crops. Dan was recognized for this effort with the state agriculture commissioner’s Ag-Environment Leadership Award in 2002.
He founded the FFVA subsidiary Third Party Registrations Inc., which secures registrations for crop-protection chemicals for minor crops – giving farmers access to tools they wouldn’t otherwise have.
To say these registrations have changed the landscape for growers for almost two decades is no understatement.
Yet Dan will be the first to tell you that in agriculture, you can only get things done by working with others, building coalitions that can speak with a stronger voice. ‘From the Triazine Network to the Minor Crop Farmer Alliance to the Crop Protection Coalition, the list of committees, task forces and advisory councils he has led or served on is too long to list here.
“I can attest to the distinguished reputation of Dan Botts among crop protection product registrants and regulators, as an agricultural industry leader, true scientist, negotiator, organizer and representative/spokesman for the Florida agriculture industry and its growers,” wrote Dr. Mel Kyle in support of Dan’s nomination.
Congratulations to Dan, who is a true professional and one of the reasons FFVA continues to be an indispensable resource for Florida specialty crop growers.
Lisa Lochridge is the director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association in Maitland. She can be reached at (321) 214-5206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.