The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame plans to honor a longtime citrus grower and packer leader.

Edgar Beeland, who worked more than 70 years in grower cooperatives, is scheduled to be inducted into the 2011 class during a March 4 luncheon at the Hollis Wellness Center at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

Florida Citrus Hall of Fame to honor grower-packer


Florida Citrus Hall of Fame to honor grower-packer


Beeland, who died in 2007, will be recognized for his serving on numerous boards throughout “a distinguished career that helped advance the industry forward as a packer, processor and grower,” Brenda Eubanks Burnette, the hall of fame’s executive director, said in a news release.

Entering the industry in 1928, Beeland worked for the Kissimmee Citrus Growers Association, as general manager of the Clearwater Growers Association and after serving in World War II in the U.S. Air Force, became executive vice president and the longtime general manager of the Winter Haven Citrus Growers Association.

Beeland also served on many boards, including Seald Sweet International, Vero Beach, Fla., and Florida Citrus Packers, Lakeland, where he served as vice president. That organization in 1991 awarded him the John T. Lesley Award of Excellence for his industry leadership.

William Becker, president and owner of Peace River Citrus Products Inc., Robert Bullock, a university research entomologist and the deceased Frank Savage, Florida’s first grower cooperator, are also scheduled to be recognized for their industry achievements.