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New board member plays key roles in strawberry farming, Florida ag issues

Michelle Williamson, who grew up in the winter strawberry capital of the world, has stayed true to her roots. Manager of G&F Farms in Dover, the 55-year-old Williamson married into the berry business in 1982 and has since cultivated a deep knowledge of the industry and earned the respect of fellow farmers in Florida agriculture.

Over the years, she has served on a number of boards and associations that deal with agriculture issues. She recently joined the board of directors for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, a position where she wants to make a difference.

“I hope that we can come up with a way to advocate for agriculture with our consumers and lawmakers so that we can continue to provide food and fiber for consumers,” she said of her new appointment. “I also hope that we may be able to find new markets to replace markets that Florida growers are losing.”

Born in Dallas, Williamson grew up in Plant City, home of the annual Florida Strawberry Festival. After graduating from Plant City High School, she married Marcus Williamson, whose parents Glenn and Frances started G&F Farms in 1952.