The Selection Committee for The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame has announced three distinguished leaders who will be inducted into the Hall during the 57th Citrus Celebration Luncheon on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
Tim Hurner, of Sebring, Richard J. Kinney (deceased), formerly of Lakeland and Peter McClure, of Port St. Lucie, will be honored at the luncheon, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. at Florida Southern College.
Tim Hurner is a fourth-generation Florida citrus grower who has spent most of his life and career as an IFAS Extension Citrus Agent, as well as a center director, in Highlands County supporting citrus growers in the production and profitability of citrus. In 1990, he assisted growers in the formation of the Highlands County Citrus Growers Association, which was designed to help growers keep up with local and regional issues and respond accordingly.
Richard J. Kinney will long be remembered as Florida’s most passionate advocate for its fresh citrus industry. Kinney started his career as an ag liaison for state Rep. Andrew Ireland and later for former Governor and Senator Lawton Chiles. He went on to serve as executive vice president of Florida Citrus Packers from 1983 until his retirement in 2012. During that time, he worked tirelessly to maintain export and domestic markets for fresh Florida citrus after the discovery of citrus canker, “walking the halls” of Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. building the case for continued market access and ensuring that scientific research supported the cause.
Peter McClure is a fourth-generation citrus grower and is known as “the Godfather” of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), an organization he helped found to combat the devastating spread of HLB. He originally helped create one of the first ever grower funded research organizations, the Florida Citrus Production Advisory Council (FCPAC), which evolved into the CRDF with over $200 million of sponsored, funded and completed research committed to HLB mitigation and control.
The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame honors distinguished leaders who have made significant contributions to the Florida citrus industry. The Citrus Hall of Fame display and Archive Center is located within the McKay Archive Building at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.
For more information on members of the Citrus Hall of Fame, visit the web site at www.FloridaCitrusHallofFame.com which includes access to biographies and photos on all members, noting their accomplishments and including various industry links.
Tickets to the luncheon, which is co-sponsored by Florida Citrus Mutual and The Florida Department of Citrus, are $100 for patron seating or $1,500 for a sponsor table, which includes preferred seating for eight, table signage and a listing in the program. To purchase tickets, call Florida Citrus Mutual at 863-682-1111 or visit the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame website at www.Florida CitrusHallofFame.com.