SMR Farms has once again been selected as a Tropicana Grower of the Year for the 2012-2013 citrus harvesting season. This is the fifth year in a row that SMR Farms has received this designation from Tropicana Products, Inc. The Grower of the Year award is based on fruit quality, load quality, fruit variety mix and agribusiness management. The management practices component of the award looks at harvesting methods, grove practices, labor programs and commitment to agricultural sustainability.
SMR Farms currently is partnering with Tropicana on a multi-year citrus fertilization project aimed at comparing traditional fertilizers with low-carbon-footprint products as part of Tropicana’s widely-acclaimed and industry-leading global sustainability efforts.
“It’s a great feeling to see our citrus operations recognized in this way. In spite of the very real and difficult challenges we face in the citrus industry, our production team continues to do a great job.” said SMR Farms President, Mac Carraway. Steve John, SMR Farms’ Citrus Production Manager added that “We have a great relationship with Tropicana, and working with a top-line company like Tropicana certainly keeps us on our toes.”
Other growers receiving the award include Lykes Brothers, Inc., Sun Grown Citrus, Inc. and Sunny South Packing Company, Inc.
SMR Farms, LLC is the diversified agriculture division of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc., located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. SMR Farms is a grower of high-performance turfgrasses, air-root-pruned containerized and field-grown trees, citrus and beef cattle, and has been a leader in agricultural best management practices and water conservation for over 75 years. Find out more at www.smrfarms.com.
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