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Laurence P. Cutts Inducted into Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame_February 2012
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Laurence P. Cutts Inducted into Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame

Laurence P. Cutts

ABF Member Recognized as Beekeeping Research Advocate

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation recently inducted four agricultural leaders during the Florida State Fair in Tampa on Tuesday, February 14, 2012.  The Agricultural Hall of Fame recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to the state’s agriculture industry.

ABF member Laurence P. Cutts, of Chipley, Florida, was honored at the 34th Annual Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame banquet.  A third-generation beekeeper, Cutts was instrumental in advocating for research to reduce bee hive losses in Florida. He also invented a trap for small hive beetles, a threat to hives and beekeepers. Cutts served as chief of the Apiary Inspection Bureau at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He also represented the beekeeping industry before the Legislature as a member of the Florida State Beekeepers Association legislative committee.

“The 2012 Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees were chosen not only because of their commitment to improving their own craft through technology and innovation, but also because of their willingness to share these advancements with the industry as a whole,” said Commissioner Putnam. “I commend each of these Floridians for their contributions to the agriculture industry and our state.”

This year’s other inductees included:

Robert Fuchs – Homestead, Florida: Fuchs is the premier orchid grower of South Florida. His efforts have placed Florida’s orchid industry in the international spotlight and have brought recognition to Miami-Dade County for its unique agricultural attractions.

Gerald Mixon – Winter Haven, Florida: Mixon’s determination for growing blueberries helped him transform a small seven acre patch of blueberries into a vertically-integrated, international conglomerate. He is credited with helping to increase Florida’s blueberry sales from approximately $2 million to more than $70 million from 1990 to 2009. 

Sidney L. Sumner – Bartow, Florida: Sumner has worked with cattle producers to adopt new technologies and practices to improve Florida’s beef production. His encouragement of innovative and time-tested methods has optimized production and profitability on Florida ranches.

For more information about the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame and previous inductees, visit www.florida-agriculture.com/halloffame/index.htm or www.flaghalloffame.com.

posted February 2012

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