Agriculture

ROBERT H. BUKER JR.

PRESIDENT & CEO, U.S. SUGAR, CLEWISTON

U.S. Sugar has sugarcane, citrus, sweet corn and other fresh vegetable farming and processing operations and employs nearly 2,500 in rural communities south of Lake Okeechobee. The company was founded in 1931. Buker, who worked for the company’s outside legal counsel in Miami for five years, has been CEO since 2005 and a member of senior management for more than 30 years.

EDUCATION Wheaton College (BA),
University of Florida (JD)
SOMETHING SURPRISING My father was a medical missionary and Army surgeon. I flew Army helicopters in Vietnam, rose to the rank of captain.
FLORIDA ISSUE Water. With nearly a thousand new residents moving into our state daily, water supply will be critical. The ability to move water to the right places at the right time requires that projects be based on real science, not political science.

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