Friday, February 25, 2022

Agriculture Hall of Fame Employees: Local

The people of U.S. Sugar recognized two of their independent sugarcane growers on their induction into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame. The inductees, John Stitt of Stitt Farms in Clewiston and John Hundley of Hundley Farms in Belle Glade, have been among U.S. Sugar’s family of independent growers for decades. John Hundley has been an active part of Florida’s agricultural community for more than five decades. A native of Pahokee, he worked on his father’s farm before founding Hundley Farms, Inc. John Stitt saw a great need for research in beef cattle pastures, citrus, and sandland sugarcane production and, through his vision, led to the development of the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Today, the center provides cutting-edge research for citrus, vegetables, water quality, soil science, and weed science. The induction ceremony for John Hundley and John Stitt was held at the Florida State Fair’s Agricultural Hall of Fame Banquet in Tampa last night.

Stand Your Ground Defense Denied for Belle Glade Man

On March 10 of 2018, police say Robert Finney shot his wife and her friend, saying he feared for his life… when Finney opened the back seat of his car in a West Palm Beach parking lot, and found his wife in the driver seat and a young male in the passenger seat. Finney, 39, shot his wife, Roqueria Mills, in the back, leaving her paralyzed, then shot Robert Anthony in the shoulder, killing the 20-year-old from Wellington. Last week, Finney and his team presented the stand your ground law as a defense, but that motion was denied. Finney, who is from Belle Glade, will face charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and firing into an occupied vehicle. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 26.

Updated COVID Guidance for Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo announced significant changes to Florida’s COVID-19 guidance including pushing back on corporate masking, reducing isolation for all Floridians including those in schools and daycares, and recommending that physicians should exercise their individual clinical judgement and expertise based on their patients’ needs and preferences. For more information about Florida’s new guidance, click here.