Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award

Women have played a crucial role in the history of agriculture in Florida. Not only did they raise the children, maintain the home, care for the sick and injured, and provide grounding for the family, they toiled alongside their husband in the fields and pastures. They were the epitome of perseverance, strength, resolve and dignity.

Since 1985, women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture have been honored with the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award. This award, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in conjunction with the Florida State Fair Authority, is presented to the recipient during the Florida State Fair in Tampa.

Recipients of the “Woman of the Year in Agriculture” award have come from all parts of the industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row crops, equine, horticulture, tropical fruits, sugar cane, dairy, agricultural journalism, and agricultural education and outreach.

In 2001 the award program was enhanced to help heighten awareness about the women who have helped make Florida agriculture into the important industry that it is today. Since then, a documentary video about each new recipient has been shown during the award ceremony, and a booklet outlining her contributions to agriculture distributed to those in attendance.

Fill out a nomination form for the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award.

Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award Recipients

Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award

Year

Recipient

Residence

2016

Judi Whitson

Riverview

2015

Lisa Hinton

Riverview

2014

Belinda Chason

Quincy

2013

Lynetta Usher Griner

Chiefland

2012

Imogene Yarborough

Geneva

2011

Sarah K. Childs

Lake Placid

2010

Ann Holt

Wellington

2009

Marcia Lightsey

Lake Wales

2008

Patsy Nathe

Dade City

2007

Colleen Boggs

Homestead

2006

Iris Wall

Indiantown

2005

Marlene Strickland

Sarasota

2004

Martina "Teena" Borek

Homestead

2003

Jennie Lee Zipperer

Fort Myers

2002

Annette Barnett Land

Branford

2001

Barbara Carlton

Sidell

2000

Helen Houck

Perry

1999

Vina Jean Banks

Balm

1998

Nancy Gurnett Hardy

Winter Haven

1997

Gertrude "Trudy" Carey

Hillsborough County

1996

Norma Stokes

Highlands County

1995

Louve "Vee" Frierson Platt

Clewiston

 

Patricia Robbins

Miami

1994

Anne Wardlaw Dickinson

Frostproof

1993

Sarah W. Bailey

St. Johns County

1992

Carol C. Murphy

Volusia County

1991

Ruth M. Tucker

Brevard County

1990

Jeanette Barthle

Pasco County

1989

Belle Jeffords

Alachua County

1988

Carolyn Reed Kempfer

Osceola-Brevard

1987

Dorothy Conner Shipes

Lake County

1986

Ruth Wedgworth

Belle Glade

1985

Jo Ann Smith

Marion County