The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida A&M University's Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Focus Team have announced three winners of the Innovative Farmer Award. The award recognizes farmers and ranchers who are innovative leaders and excel in making their farming systems more profitable over the long term, using farming practices that enhance natural resources, leading or participating in activities that support viable communities and providing outreach and/or education about sustainable agriculture ideas and practices to others. Hugh Fred Dietrich III and his family operate Dietrich's Flying D Ranch in Orlando. Ken Ryan owns Herban Gardens in North Fort Myers. Steve Crump runs Vo-LaSalle Farms in DeLeon Springs.
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