Agriculture

ADAM PUTNAM

PRESIDENT, DUCKS UNLIMITED, BARTOW/MEMPHIS

After an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, Putnam became CEO of Ducks Unlimited, a Tennessee-based organization that works to conserve wetlands and protect waterfowl habitat. Putnam is a fifth-generation Floridian from a farming family in Bartow. The family operates Putnam Groves, a citrus farm and cattle ranch near Bartow, and Putnam returns to the area frequently.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Putnam was one of the youngest congressmen in the state’s history, representing the 12th district in Central Florida for five terms from 2001-11. During his time in Washington, he was a member of the Agriculture, Financial Services and Rules Committees, as well as Republican policy chairman. He also served as chairman of the Republican Conference, the third-ranking position in the congressional leadership. After leaving Congress, Putnam served as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture.

He has been awarded an honorary doctorate and served as a Rodel fellow at the Aspen Institute. In 2010, he was the E.T. York distinguished lecturer at the University of Florida.

ERNIE BARNETT

FLORIDA LAND COUNCIL

Michael Basore

TKM Bengard Farms

RICK DANTZLER

CITRUS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

MALLORY DIMMITT

LYKES BROTHERS

Pepe Fanjul Jr.

Florida Crystals

DONELL GWINN

GWINN BROTHERS FARM

ELLIS HUNT

HUNT BROTHERS

Mitch Hutchcraft

King Ranch

Mike Joyner

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

GENE LOLLIS

ARCHBOLD BUCK ISLAND RANCH

ADAM PUTNAM

DUCKS UNLIMITED

Jose Smith

Costa Farms

JOSH SNIVELY

FLORIDA CHEMICAL

Leslie Sturmer

University of Florida IFAS

JENNIFER TAYLOR

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY