Farmers Helping Farmers

As pioneers of Florida’s farming industry, the Wedgworth family has a vested interest in the success of agriculture in Florida. Since Wedgworth Farms and Wedgworth’s Inc. inception in 1932, the family owned and operated business has initiated countless innovations, growing methodologies and new technologies that make Florida agriculture more efficient and productive. Recognizing the value of the State’s natural resources, the Wedgworth businesses are devout stewards of the land and water and are dedicated to preserve these natural resources for generations to come.

Wedgworth Farms Inc., headquartered in Belle Glade, FL, grows sugarcane on approximately 10,000 acres in Palm Beach County and operates 10,000 acres of ranch lands in Osceola, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.

Today, Wedgworth’s Inc. provides custom blended agricultural plant nutrient products to help Florida farms grow and prosper. As the state’s largest custom fertilizer dealer, the plant in Moore Haven produces 200,000 tons of custom blended fertilizer products to farms throughout Florida per year. Through the use of high tech Air Max spreaders, farmers can apply custom blends for individual crop types and soil conditions with computerized accuracy. This technology not only optimizes crop yields for farmers, but provides a mechanism to implement on-farm Best Management Practices thus reducing inputs and reducing costs. The company owns and operates a fleet of 175 user-friendly high dump trailers with hydraulically operating pouring lids that enable greater accuracy and higher productivity for its customers. As a market leader investing in agricultural efficiency and quality products is a hallmark to the company’s success.

Community Involvement

Since its inception in 1932, the Wedgworth companies have been and continue to play an active role in supporting the local, regional and state agricultural communities. From supporting both higher and lower education, FAA, 4-H, healthcare, leadership and community service organizations, the Wedgworth team takes pride in leaving an imprint everywhere they conduct business. The Wedgworth philosophy of hard work and leadership responsibility spills over in their support of their workforce’s involvement in all aspects of community life.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) holds a special meaning and place in the hearts spot of the family. To pay homage to the family businesses’ beginnings, the family gave the University a $1 million grant to build laboratory facilities at the Everglades Research & Education Center (EREC) in Belle Glade, FL. The facility houses a cadre of agricultural researchers, from plant pathologists to entomology experts. The facility was named the Herman H. and Ruth S. Wedgworth Building. Additionally, in making way for the laboratory facilities, the family relocated and renovated the soils lab to another site on the EREC Belle Glade campus.

Named after George H. Wedgworth, the UF’s Wedgworth Leadership Institute is dedicated to developing and refining leadership capabilities of leaders in Florida agriculture and natural resources. The program started in 1989 as the Florida Leadership Program for Agriculture and Natural Resources was renamed following a successful endowment drive culminating in a $1 million of contributions from the private sector of agriculture in Florida. The campaign was led by George and a large contribution was made in his name as a living tribute for his contributions to Florida agriculture.

Wedgworth’s philanthropic activities go beyond their home businesses backyard. They play an active role throughout central and south Florida through both financial and human capital. From county fairs, livestock auctions, Rotary Clubs, to education and capital campaigns for hospitals, libraries, schools and other needs their presence is felt throughout Florida. The family and its workforce have a trademark of a long and deep history of community service and involvement.

For more information, visit: http://wlianr.ifas.ufl.edu