Four agricultural leaders will be inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame, Feb. 11, 2014, during a dinner at the Florida State Fair, according to a news release.
They are Scottie Butler, former general counsel for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation; Bruce Christmas Sr., former director of the University of Florida Poultry Evaluation Center; Elver "Doc" Hodges, a University of Florida professor emeritus; and Dallas Townsend, retired director of the UF Hendry County Extension office.
• Butler spent more than 40 years advocating for Florida's farmers and ranchers.
• Christmas, a fifth-generation farmer from Jackson County and former orange County associate Extension agent, was previously chosen National Volunteer of the Year for the National Agriculture Alumni and Development Association.
• Hodges, an agronomist, identified problems and found solutions to enrich low-quality soils, benefiting peninsular beef production.
• Townsend spent 39 years as an Extension agent in southwest Florida and was instrumental in boosting research capacity at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center.