Two inductees for the 2023 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame have been announced, honoring their role in Florida ag.

The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation and Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried have announced the 2023 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees. According to the Florida Ag Hall of Fame website, the Hall of Fame aims to “honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to agriculture in this state and to mentoring of our youth, who represent the future of agriculture in Florida.”

In a press release announcing the inductees for 2023, Ag Commissioner Fried said “Florida agriculture has always played a key role in our state’s development and economy, providing over $150 billion in economic output while feeding families across the state, nation, and world. The industry’s success and resilience in the face of disease, unfair trade practices, and extreme weather comes from individuals who wake up every day ready to tackle new challenges and work for a better future. I am honored to recognize two such individuals whose contributions have strengthened Florida agriculture for generations to come. Both Mr. Quincey and Mr. Woeste stand apart for their leadership, dedication, and innovative practices, expanding our agricultural industry and creating new opportunities for both our state and the farmers of tomorrow.” Meet the inductees below.

The 2023 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees

The following excerpts on the 2023 Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees was taken from the press release:

Dr. John T. Woeste.

Woeste “is a longtime champion and tireless supporter of Florida agriculture, now a retired dean and professor emeritus of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Dr. Woeste was appointed in 1976 as the dean and director of the Extension Service at UF/IFAS, a role he held until he retired 19 years later. With visionary leadership and an innovative approach, Dr. Woeste championed the selection, professional growth and development of 400 Extension Service faculty, specialists, agents and staff who served the entire state of Florida.”

Donald J. Quincey

Quincey “is an advocate for the industry and role model for future generations, Donald “Don” Quincey has an undeniable passion and dedication to the agricultural industry. Born in Gainesville, Don is a fifth-generation Florida cattleman. Upon graduation from Chiefland High School, he felt called to serve in law enforcement. But after two years of service, his unquestionable love for the land and raising cattle brought him back to the family’s feed store and cow-calf operation. He was actively engaged in ownership and operations from 1977 to 2003, when the store was sold.

While supporting the family business, Don founded Quincey Cattle Company in 1992, a diversified cattle feeding operation in Chiefland. The operation has grown in size and scope to meet fellow cattle producers’ needs and goals, providing services to improve marketability, and options for Florida cattle. His commitment to innovation has led to improved sustainability for the industry, with approximately 80 percent of his commodity needs coming from within 20 miles of his ranch.”

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