FOUNDER & CEO, GLADES CROP CARE, JUPITER
Mellinger founded Glades Crop Care in 1972 and has built it into one of the largest independent crop consulting firms in the country. It provides pest management service, helps growers develop food safety programs and does contract research. It’s been awarded the Florida Horticultural Society’s President’s Award to Industry three times and has received the USDA’s Award of Merit.
Mellinger champions agricultural research, extension and teaching at the local, state and national levels, focusing on seeking to reduce chronic diseases through reconnecting agricultural research, extension and teaching to nutritional outcomes and health.