Agriculture

ROBERT BEHR

CEO, CITRUS WORLD, LAKE WALES

Once the chief economist for the Florida Department of Citrus, Behr has been CEO of Citrus World since 2015. Citrus World, a juice-processing co-op, is owned by 14 citrus grower organizations representing about 50,000 grove acres. It’s among the top five retailers of orange juice products in the country. It and its subsidiaries process and market citrus juices under the Florida’s Natural brand. Behr, a native of the Orlando area, owns and operates citrus groves himself. “Being a grower and a manager has helped me understand more thoroughly the challenges our industry faces,” he told the Lakeland Ledger.

As citrus greening decimated Florida’s groves, Behr developed a loan program to encourage farmers to plant trees to offset the losses to the disease. The program has led to the planting of more than 1.4 million orange trees. In search of additional revenue sources, Behr has steered the co-op into third-party deals and products, including flavored iced teas.

A self-described shy person who prefers to work behind the scenes, Behr has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a doctorate from the University of Florida. In 2019, he was honored with the Citrus Achievement Award by the Florida Citrus Mutual trade association at its annual conference.

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