ANALAPAN, Fla. — Tomato, corn, citrus and strawberry growers have joined the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s 40-member board of directors.
During its Sept. 18-21 convention at the Palm Beach Ritz-Carlton, the Maitland-based organization’s officers elected Dudley Calfee, general manager of Ferris Farms Inc., Floral City; Billy Heller, chief executive officer of Pacific Tomato Growers Ltd., Palmetto; Dan Richey, CEO of Riverfront Groves LLC, Vero Beach; and Steven Williams, president of Knight Management Inc., Belle Glade.
Heller, who is vice president of the Maitland-based Florida Tomato Growers Exchange and secretary of the Florida Tomato Exchange, served on FFVA’s board 2006-09. Richey, former chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, Bartow, is an executive officer of Florida Citrus Packers Inc., Lakeland, and was on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit & Vegetable Advisory Committee. He was on FFVA’s board 2007-09.
Ferris Farms is a citrus and strawberry grower and roadside market in central Florida’s production region, and Knight Management grows sweet corn marketed by Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Oviedo-based A. Duda & Sons Inc.
FFVA’s board represents geographical districts plus a group of at-large directors. Board members represent growers and growers representatives of vegetables, citrus, berries and sugar cane.