– From The Harvester, March 1985
Agriculture Hall of Fame inducts Dudas
More than 600 persons, breaking all-time attendance records, turned out to see Andy, John and Ferdinand Duda, Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner, and Hux Coulter inducted into the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame recently.
The crowd, including many FFVA officers, directors, members and their families watched as the Duda brothers became the first representatives of Florida’s vegetable industry to achieve such an honor.
The Duda brothers were all born in Slovakia – John in 1904, Andrew in 1906 and Ferdinand in 1909. Starting with a 10-acre farm established by their father at Slavia near Orlando in 1912, the sons formed the partnership of A. Duda & Sons in 1926. The company was a charter member of FFVA when the association was organized in 1943.