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Membership Benefits

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Membership Benefits 2018-12-03T12:43:43+00:00

The Florida Strawberry Growers Association represents over 75 grower members farming over 10,000 acres of strawberries in Florida with the majority being in the Plant City-Dover area. In addition, FSGA offers associate memberships to allied industries that would like to join our vast network.

Grower Membership

FSGA is a voluntary organization that represents the majority of Florida strawberry growers as members. Growers pay $50.00 per planted acre as dues. The Association represents growers on a wide variety of issues and policies, works to increase consumption and helps keep strawberry production profitable in Florida.

Member Services

Member Service has always been a top priority for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association. FSGA is leading the fight to reduce and streamline regulations and eliminate duplication.

FSGA representatives have served on the Planning Commission, Greenway’s Task Force, and the Agricultural Task Force. Currently, FSGA holds positions on the Agricultural Economic Development Council and Southwest Florida Water Management District Agricultural Advisory Committee. Issues include land use and funding for migrant housing, Greenbelt issues, open space, upland habitat, wetlands, environmental regulations and property rights.

The Association has been in the forefront during every crisis over the past decades, representing growers during drought, hail, floods and freezes. Whenever growers need to provide input to governmental agencies, FSGA serves as the industry’s mediator.

Association Membership

Our Associate Membership consists of 5 levels and the dues are payable annually.

Our associate members receive various benefits throughout the year based on the level of membership that they choose. According to our Bylaws we cannot publish our grower addresses. However, one of the perks that our Associate Members have found to be very beneficial is our mail-out service. Any member can prepare a mail-out that they would like to send to our growers (stuff it, seal it, and stamp it), and send it to us. We will attach address labels and deposit in the mail it for them. This allows Associates to reach our growers without having access to our list. There is a $25.00 charge for this service if you are a base member.

Gold Members ($2,000/year)

  • AEF Global
  • Ag Nutrients
  • Agri-Signs
  • Agrothrive
  • Alltech Crop Science
  • Chemical Dynamics
  • Cool Planet
  • Farm Credit of Central Florida
  • FMC Corp.
  • Harrell’s Fertilizer
  • Highland Packaging Solutions
  • International Paper
  • Patterson Companies
  • RCS Company
  • Renewable Energy Group
  • Triangle Chemical Company
  • Yara North America

Silver Members ($1,000/year)

  • AgNet Media
  • Arkema, Inc.
  • Arysta Life Science
  • Bayer CropScience
  • CBC Saunders Real Estate
  • Carden & Associates, Inc
  • Kennco Manufacturing
  • TriYield

Bronze Members ($500/year)

  • Actagrow
  • BVT, Inc.
  • Everglades Farm Equipment
  • Fischbach Land Company
  • G.W. Allen Nursery, LTD.
  • Kemin
  • Luc Lareault, Inc.
  • Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Phyton Corporation
  • Raven Inudstries
  • TriEst Ag Group

Base Members ($250/year)

  • AgBio Innovations
  • Ag Technologies
  • Ag-Tronix
  • AMVAC
  • Anna Leigh Farms
  • Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Brown & Brown Insurance Tampa
  • Cedar Point Nursery
  • Central Florida Media Group
  • Carther Plants, Ltd.
  • Chemical Containers
  • C.O. Keddy Nursery
  • Concentric Ag
  • Conlan Tire Company, LLC
  • Crown Nursery
  • Diamond R Fertilizer
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • DS&A
  • Ekland Marketing
  • Employer Payroll Solutions
  • Engage Agro USA
  • Environmental Turnkey Solutions
  • Florida Foundation Seed Producers
  • Florida Fruit Association
  • Florida Department of Agriculture
  • Florida Insurance Center
  • Flo-Tec Automation
  • Gowan Co.
  • G P Solutions
  • Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
  • Harvest Croo, LLC
  • Heliae
  • Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Hopewell Funeral Home
  • HumaGro
  • In the Field Magazine
  • ISO Par Consulting
  • James Ashworth LLC
  • James Irrigation
  • Jet Harvest Solutions
  • John Deere Water
  • Keyplex
  • Kichler Farms
  • Lacy Brown Specialty Advertising, LLC
  • Lassen Canyon
  • Macro-Sorb Agriculture
  • Maga Bon II, LLC
  • Monte Packaging Company
  • Pathway Biologic, LLC
  • Rabo AgriFinance
  • Sipcam Rotam
  • Sunbelt Lawn & Tractor
  • Syngenta, Inc.
  • TKI (Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.)
  • Toro Micro-Irrigation
  • Triest Irrigation
  • TWC Distributors
  • University of Florida, Hillsborough County Extension Services
  • Wedgworth’s Inc.
  • Wells Crop Insurance

Our handlers are listed so you may select a supplier for fresh Florida strawberries. Our handler members pay voluntary assessments to the Association in the amount of $.02/flat on Florida strawberries handled by their facility for each grower member of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association. Among other benefits, we provide for our Handlers with point-of-purchase material to assist their retailers in promoting fresh Florida strawberries.

Always Fresh Farms

3755 W Lake Hamilton Drive
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: 863-401-3404  E-mail: sales@alwaysfresh.com
www.alwaysfresh.com

Astin Strawberry Exchange

Contact: Suzanne Roberts
P.O. Box 3837
Plant City, Fl 33563

Phone: 813-650-8448   Fax: 813-754-5702
www.strawberryexchange.com

BBI Produce, Inc.

Contact: Chris Smith
14506 Walden Sheffield Rd.
Dover, FL 33527

Phone: 813-659-0833
www.berryboss.com

Central Florida Fruit Cooling and Packing

11425 Walter Hunter Rd.
Lithia, FL 33547

Phone: 813-737-3100

Driscoll’s

12880 Hwy 92 East
Dover, Fl 33527

Phone: 813-659-2551  Fax: 813-659-1564
www.driscolls.com

Farm N 4 U

Contact: Lance Ham
1310 Ham’s Farm Road
Plant City, Fl 33565

Phone: 813-478-9335  Fax: 813-707-1550
www.ifarm4u.com

Ferris Farms

Contact: Matt Reichenbach
P.O. Box 909
Floral City, Fl 34436

Phone: 352-637-3880  Fax: 352-726-2125
www.ferrisgroves.com

Mr. Fresh Pak

1400 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Plant City, Fl 33563

Phone: 813-754-7658

Grimes Produce Company

Contact: Shawn Butler
3137 Paul Buchman Hwy
Plant City, Fl 33563

Guynn Family Produce Sales

Contact: Gary Guynn
4233 Homewood Lane
Lakeland, Fl 33811

Phone: 813-918-0767

Hinton Farms Produce

Contact: Bob Hinton, Cammy Hinton
1839 N. Dover Rd.
Dover, Fl 33527

Phone: 813-659-2160  Fax: 813-659-1042
www.hintonfarms.com

Parkesdale Farms Packing & Cooling, Inc.

Contact: Peggy Parke
3914 Tanner Road
Dover, Fl 33527

Phone: 813-659-2429  Fax: 813-659-0300

Sizemore Farms, Florida Supreme Brand

Phone: 863-425-6611
www.sizemorefarms.com

Spivey Farms Sales & Cooling

Contact: David Spivey
6101 S. County Road 39
Plant City, Fl 33567

Phone: 813-650-8999
www.myspiveyfarms.com

Sweet Life Farms

203 East Terrace Dr.
Plant City, FL 33563

Phone: 813-659-0833

Well Pict

84232 State Road 674
Wimauma, FL 33598

Phone: 813-634-4876
www.wellpict.com

Westlake Produce

141 5th St. NW #302
Winter Haven, FL 33881

www.westlakeproduce.com

Wish Farms

P.O. Box 1839
Plant City, FL 33564

Phone: 813-752-5111
www.wishfarms.com

The nursery list consists of nurseries throughout the United States and Canada that have signed a licensing agreement with the Florida Strawberry Patent Service allowing them to sell Florida patented strawberry plants to growers for fruit production. Our Florida patented varieties are Sweet Charlie, Rosa Linda, Earlibrite, Florida Radiance, Florida Elyana, Strawberry Festival, Carmine, Winter Dawn, and Winterstar™.

Balamore Farm Ltd, 902-668-2004, Canada

Top of the Mountain Farms, 336-977-6276, North Carolina

C O Keddy Nursery LLC, 902-678-4497, Canada

Crown Nursery LLC, 530-529-6488, California

Cedar Point Nursery, 541-880-8826, California

Ekland Marketing Co., 530-345-4476, California

EZ Grow Farms, 519-875-4751, Canada

G W Allen Nursery Ltd, 902-678-7519, Canada

H B Morse & Sons, 902-538-9389, Canada

Kichler Farms Ltd, 519-428-2507, Canada

Lassen Canyon Nursery, 916-223-1075, California

Lewis Nursery and Farms, 919-675-2394, North Carolina

Luc Lareault Ltd, 450-586-1850, Canada

NorCal Nursery Inc, 916-527-6200, California

Norton Creek Farms, 828-743-3674, North Carolina

Pepiniere A Masse, 450-469-3380, Canada

Planasa, LLC, 530-524-2468, California

Sierra Cascade Nursery Inc, 530-254-6867, California

Silver Lake Farms LLC, 813-323-6324, Florida 

Strawberry Tyme Farms Inc, 519-426-3099, Canada

Westech Agriculture Ltd, 902-853-4184, Canada

Our supporting growers each pay a voluntary assessment to the Association in the amount of $50/acre of strawberries planted each year. In return, the grower members in good standing receive a rebate at the end of the season for Florida patented plants that they purchased. Members who heavily support Florida varieties may receive back in rebates more than they paid in assessments to the Association during the year.

The Board of Directors are hardest working members of our organization and they do it all for free.

Florida Strawberry Growers Association Board of Directors

Adam Young, President
Lance Ham, Vice-President
Casey Simmons Runkles, Secretary
Lisa Fox, Treasurer
Sam Astin, III.
Johnnie Beauchamp
Joel Connell
Lee Gillman
Russell Griffin
Buddy Grimes
Mark Harrell
Andy McDonald
Melissa Hinton Raburn
Jay Sizemore
John Sizemore