DIMARE, LONG, OTHERS INDUCTED INTO AG HALL OF FAME
Paul DiMare and Billy Long, Sr., two longtime FFVA Members, took their places among the giants of Florida agriculture Tuesday (February 15) as inductees into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. Long and DiMare joined fellow inductees Dr. James M. Davidson, Jo Ann Doke Smith and Frank "Sonny" Williamson, Jr. at the 27th annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Florida State Fair, where industry leaders honored the five for their contributions to the state's agricultural heritage.
Long was almost a no-show due to illness, but said staying home wasn't an option. "I woke up this morning with a temperature of 102 degrees. I went to the doctor and told him this was the biggest day of my life, there was no way I was going to miss it," he said.
In accepting his Hall of Fame honors, DiMare stressed
the importance of families in the business of agriculture. "Families
are the glue that binds the Florida agriculture industry. Without
families in farming, we wouldn't be
A total of 110 people have now been inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame.