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(From left) - Ken Griner, Florida State Fair; Authority Chair Doyle Carlton, III;
Lynetta Griner; Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Adam Putnam; and Department of Citrus Executive Director
Doug Ackerman at the Woman of the Year in Agriculture awards luncheon
at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo credit: Mamarazzi foto)
Woman of the Year
ike most people in business,
FFA President Lynetta Usher
Griner receives dozens of
calls each day. One in particular will always stand out
in her mind, however.
"When Commissioner Putnam
called to tell me I had been selected
as the 2013 Woman of the Year in
Agriculture," she recalled, "I was
overwhelmed. I was not expecting
it. I didn't know what to say."
She paused, then added with a
laugh, "And people who know me
will tell you, if something can leave
me speechless, it must be huge!"
Lynetta grew up surrounded
by the rich green forests of Levy
County. Her grandfather, father
and brother Tommy all worked in
the family logging business. But she
never expected that forestry would
play such an important role in her
life - or that she would play such
an important role in forestry.
In 1989, Lynetta was practicing
law in Chiefland, Fla. Her husband,
Ken, had a successful car dealership
in nearby Cross City. A young wife
and mother with a growing practice,
Lynetta thought she knew where her
life was headed.
Florida Forests 8 Spring/Summer 2014
That direction changed suddenly
when her brother Tommy was killed
in a boating accident.
Their father, Etter Usher, remembered that difficult time: "We lost
Tommy. After two or three months,
I tried to sell the business. I talked
Lynetta into coming out there and
being with me. Instead of selling the
business, she wanted to keep it."
And so the Griners changed
career paths to carry on the family legacy under the name of Usher
Land and Timber.
Lynetta's sister, Karen Usher
White, is proud of all that her sibling
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2014
Woman of the Year in Agriculture
Leading Forestry Forward
Advocating for You
Teamwork: The Forestry Community Develops the New Austin Cary Forest Learning Center
Snapshots: Membership Matters
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