By The Grower staff
Ann Holt, a partner in Twin H Farms of Belle Glade, was named the Woman of the Year in Agriculture for 2010.
The award, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida State Fair Authority, recognizes women who have made significant contributions to Florida agriculture, according to a news release.
Holt will receive the award Feb. 10, 2011, during the opening-day luncheon at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
Holt and her husband, Tommy, have 2,000 acres of sweet corn in Belle Glade. They also have 3,000 acres of cotton, peanuts and sweet corn in south Georgia.
In addition to managing the business side of the operation, Holt is active in educating the public about agriculture's contributions to the state.
Under her leadership, the Western Palm Beach County Farm Bureau began hosting annual farm-city week luncheons and farm tours.
Holt also has traveled countless times to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to represent agriculture before lawmakers.
in addition, she is a "tireless ambassador" for the sweet corn industry, promoting at events such as the South Florida Fair and the Product Marketing Association's annual meeting.
Outside of agriculture, Holt helps organize food and toy drives to benefit farming communities around Lake Okeechobee.