Six named to Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame

01/01/2007 02:00:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Jim Handley, executive vice president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, describes the couple as “outstanding citizens.”

He called the Yarboroughs “people who are good, solid, salt-of-the-earth folks” who appreciate the heritage of the cattle industry, and who “really have a love for the land, the wildlife, the environment.”


Three recognized posthumously

Following are the 2007 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame inductees who are deceased:


Bill Boardman

Born in Cordova, Ill., in 1922, Bill Boardman attended the University of Illinois and Iowa State University and served as a fighter pilot during World War II. He moved to California in 1951, where he ran a dairy and cattle ranch and became active in the American Dairy Association of California.

He moved to Florida in 1958 and helped organize the American Dairy Association of Florida. When that organization merged with the Florida Dairy Farmers Federation to form Dairy Farmers Inc., Boardman was named executive vice president of the new group. He held that position until he retired in 1997.

He served on numerous boards and committees and received the Agribusiness Institute of Florida’s White Hat Award in 1987. He also was inducted into the Florida Dairy Hall of Fame.

He died in 2001.


Albert Greenberg

Albert Greenberg was born on a British ship in 1896 and was registered as a U.S. citizen at the American consulate in Odessa, Ukraine. He dropped out of the University of Illinois to join the U.S. Navy when World War I broke out.

He became a traveling salesman after the war, and then he decided that Florida would be a good place to raise fish and plants for the aquarium industry. Greenberg was the first person to successfully open and operate a tropical fish farm and aquatic plant nursery in Florida. He is noted as the founder of Florida’s aquaculture industry as well as for his philanthropic endeavors and mentoring of young aquaculturists.

Greenberg was the first person inducted into the Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association Hall of Fame.

He died in 1993.


Ed Yarborough

Born into a Florida cattle-ranching family in 1931, Ed Yarborough got an early appreciation for the cattle industry and for the importance of land conservation. He, his wife, Imogene—also a Hall of Fame inductee—and their four children ran the Geneva-based ranch with the help of only one outside employee.

The Yarboroughs had a reputation as good stewards of their land and negotiated with the St. Johns River Water Management District to create a 3,400-acre conservation easement on their ranch.

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