Joe Marlin Hilliard, owner and general partner of Hilliard Brothers of Florida, has received the University of Florida Gamma Sigma Delta chapter’s award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture.
Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, presented the award to Hilliard in Clewiston. Gamma Sigma Delta is UF’s agriculture honorary society.
Photo: Joe Hilliard and Jimmy Cheek
Hilliard has been active in agriculture for many years, helping form the Southwest Florida Agricultural Council, which was instrumental in securing legislative funding for the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. The 320-acre center is used for vegetable and fruit research, as well as a natural preserve and a 30-acre water reservoir.
Hilliard is chairman of the Florida Sugar Cane League, a former chairman of the Florida Game and Fish Commission, former president of the Florida Land Council, past president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and a former member of the Florida Citrus Commission.