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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 IN AGRICULTURE L 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

Executive Outlook
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
Advertisers’ Index/ Advertisers.com

FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2014