John L. Hundley, president of longtime South Florida vegetable producing operation Hundley Farms Inc., has been named chairman of the board of directors of Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative following the full retirement of George H. Wedgworth, the founding president and chairman for more than a half century.
“Serving as Chairman of the Board and President for more than 50 years has been my life’s work and extremely rewarding,” said Wedgworth. He noted that during his tenure, the Cooperative’s processing facility has grown from a 5,000 ton grinding capacity per day to the state-of-the-art sugarcane processor of 26,000 tons per day.
Additionally under his leadership the Cooperative became vertically integrated with its refining partner Florida Crystals Corp., which now own and operate the world’s largest cane sugar refining company, ASR Group.
Hundley was elected to the Cooperative Board in 1986 and has served on the executive committee for 16 years. Hundley Farms grows sugar cane, sweet corn, rice, tomatoes, squash, cotton, peanuts, soybeans and assorted winter produce in the Everglades Agricultural Area, Bainbridge GA and scattered farms in central and north Florida. Hundley and his operation were featured as a cover story in Florida Grower in 2012.
In accepting his new role as chairman Hundley said, “I’m honored to be selected by my fellow board members to carry on the strong role the Cooperative plays in assuring a vital agricultural community in the Glades. I look forward to working with the Board, grower-members and staff to continue to grow the business for the benefit of all.”