OCALA, FL—Since its inception in 2003, the Marion County Agricultural Hall of Fame has recognized individuals who have made tremendous contributions to further agriculture in the community. Previous Hall of Fame honorees include 38 men and three women credited for their advancement of Marion County’s agricultural history.

Citizens who would like to nominate an outstanding county agriculturalist can pick up a nomination form at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Marion County, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala or click here. Entries are due by April 19.

William “Bill” Philips was the 2023 inductee into the Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame. He joined Hall of Fame honorees: Terry Teuton, Mark Shuffitt, Lugusta ‘Gus’ Gray, Jerry Arthur, Russ Randall, Bud Boyer, Jim Williams, Franklin Walter “Frank” Smith, Adolph “Al” Kunz, Harry Mangurian, Jr., Arlen Jumper, D.A. Lewis, Jr., Nathan Mayo, Michael and Joseph O’Farrell,  Marilyn Grant, Kay Richardson, Bill Reese, Carey Robbins, E.L. Strickland, Carol Harris, Elmer Heubeck, Jo Ann Smith, James M. ‘Jimmie’ Glisson, Barnard Grant, Edsel W. Rowan, Charles Seiler, Jr., Dr. William R. Brawner, Jackson C. Dudley, Carl Rose, Ned H. Folks, O.D. “Buddy” Huff, Carl G. Rose, Leroy Baldwin, T. Richard Barber, Jr., Bonnie M. Heath II, Douglas H. Oswald,  Robert Renner, David Baillie, Jr., and Marion Roche.

For information on induction ceremony sponsorships or ceremony event tickets, contact Patricia D Nobles, County Extension Director and Extension Agent III, M.Ed., at (352) 671-8400 or

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