George Wedgworth, 88, a leader, legend and icon in Florida agriculture and the founder of the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, died Wednesday morning at his home in Belle Glade.
As the Cooperative’s chief for more than 50 years, and with a reputation for being feisty and dealing with issues head-on, he was on the front lines of the industry’s biggest political, environmental, economic, trade and labor-related battles for decades.
“George left his mark on every facet of our business, Florida agriculture as a whole and the entire Glades community,” said Cooperative President and CEO Tony Contreras. “He was a great friend, mentor, a true leader and a man of the highest integrity.”
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