(FDACS/TALLAHASSEE, FL/May 25, 2023) — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Wilton Simpson announced the opening of the nomination process for the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award, which annually recognizes the achievements of women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture. Nominations for the award must be submitted by August 1, 2023.
“The Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award is a celebration of the exceptional women who have contributed to the continued growth and success of Florida’s agriculture industry,” said Commissioner Simpson. “I encourage everyone to nominate deserving individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to agriculture – their dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment deserve recognition.”
Since 1985, women who have made outstanding contributions to Florida agriculture have been honored with the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award. This award, sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in conjunction with the Florida State Fair Authority, is presented annually to the recipient during the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Florida. Previous recipients of the award have come from all parts of the agriculture industry, including cattle, vegetables, timber, citrus, row crops, equine, horticulture, tropical fruits, sugar cane, dairy, agricultural journalism, and agricultural education and outreach.
To be considered for the 2023 Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award, nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 25 years old;
- Be actively involved in the agriculture industry and have resided in the state of Florida for the past 10 consecutive years;
- Possess a minimum of 10 years of experience in the agriculture industry;
- Have demonstrated involvement in the community through professional and/or civic contributions; and
- Have made unique or outstanding contributions to the agriculture industry.
Nomination forms for the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award can be obtained and submitted online by visiting FDACS.gov or by downloading the nomination form from FDACS.gov and mailing the completed form to:
Commissioner Wilton Simpson
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Office of External Affairs
400 S Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800
For more information and updates on the Woman of the Year in Agriculture Award, please visit FDACS.gov
For more information about Commissioner Simpson and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FDACS.gov.