The Gulf Citrus Growers Association and Florida Citrus Mutual are elated to report that the 2017 “CELEBRATION” event will feature Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Tom Rooney, U.S. House of Representative; Adam Putnam, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumers Services AND Dr. Mike Martin, Florida Gulf Coast University’s new President. The evening event, scheduled for August 16th at the Alico Arena on the FGCU campus is being hosted by the Gulf Citrus Growers Association, Florida Citrus Mutual, UF/IFAS and FGCU.
Event details including “sponsorships” and reservations will be forthcoming. GCGA members, citrus and agriculture leaders will receive formal invitations including RSVP cards.
“It is anticipated that this year’s event will be ‘extra special’ and a ‘must attend’ event, said Ron Hamel, GCGA’s executive vice president. “Congressman Tom Rooney invited Secretary Perdue to come to his district in Florida to tour citrus groves and discuss the industry’s challenges with ‘greening’, as well as visit with growers…and it is wonderful that the Secretary is taking him up on his invitation,” added Hamel. “We are especially pleased that Congressman Rooney and Secretary Perdue will spend the evening here at our ‘celebration’ in Southwest Florida’s ‘Gulf’ region.”
“We are also extremely fortunate that Dr. Mike Martin has selected our annual event to make his ‘first’ public address as the new president of Florida Gulf Coast University,” Hamel added. “Many in Florida agriculture will remember Dr. Mike Martin from the days when he was Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida, IFAS from 1998-2004. Dr. Martin expressed his strong support for agriculture over many years and brings his expertise to FGCU which should benefit the region’s agricultural community”.