Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Paul Meador, Steve Johnson and William “Bill” Poulton to the Florida Citrus Commission (FCC). The FCC is dedicated to overseeing and guiding the activities of the Florida Department of Citrus, conducting a variety of industry programs and regulating the quality standards of citrus grown in Florida.
Meador, of Fort Denaud, is president of Everglades Harvesting & Hauling, Inc. He currently serves as the vice president of Florida Citrus Mutual and has served on the executive committee of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association since 2000. Additionally, he serves on the National Council of Agricultural Employers, the Gulf Citrus Growers Association and was past president of Hendry/Glades County Farm Bureau. Meador is a citrus grower, represents District III and is appointed to a three-year term.
Johnson, of Bowling Green, is the president and owner of Johnson Harvesting, Inc. He has served on the Hardee Soil and Water Conservation Commission, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation and as a Florida Citrus Mutual director from 2012-2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural operations management from the University of Florida. Johnson is a citrus grower who represents District II and is appointed to a three-year term.
William “Bill” Poulton
Poulton, of Lakewood Ranch, is the director of manufacturing for Tropicana Products, Inc. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Ainsworth as a main propulsion assistant as well as a qualified surface warfare officer. Currently, he serves as chair of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University. Poulton is a citrus processor who represents District III and is appointed to a three-year term.
These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
For more information:
Florida Department of Citrus