Agriculture

ERNIE BARNETT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & PRESIDENT, FLORIDA LAND COUNCIL/WATER AND LAND ADVISORS, WEST PALM BEACH/TALLAHASSEE

The Florida Land Council is a non-profit corporation formed to protect the 3 million acres owned by its 19 principal members. Barnett spent 30 years at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District, where he contributed to several landmark environmental laws. He has been a leader in Everglades restoration for more than 25 years. A native Floridian, Barnett also owns a consulting firm, Water and Land Advisors.

EDUCATION Northwest Florida State College (AA), University of West Florida (BS, MS), University of Florida (MS)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION While the media focuses on environmental advocacy groups, I grew to understand that the true protectors of our state’s natural resources were Florida’s farmer, ranchers, citrus growers, tree farmers and other agribusiness owners.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I am an avid wildlife and landscape artist. I give my artwork to friends or donate paintings to raise money for charities.

Mike Adams

Adams Ranch

ERNIE BARNETT

FLORIDA LAND COUNCIL

Michael Basore

TKM Bengard Farms

Robert Behr

Citrus World

ANN BLOUNT

FORAGE BREEDING AND GENETICS, UF/IFAS

Robert Buker

U.S. Sugar

RICK DANTZLER

CITRUS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

MALLORY LYKES DIMMITT

LYKES BROTHERS

Pepe Fanjul Jr.

Florida Crystals

Lynetta Usher Griner

Usher Land & Timber

Mitch Hutchcraft

King Ranch

Mike Joyner

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Dan Richey

Riverfront Packing

Jose Smith

Costa Farms

Jim Strickland

Strickland Ranch

Leslie Sturmer

University of Florida IFAS

Keith Wedgworth

Wedgworth Farms

Gary Wishnatzki

Wish Farms