FFAA Mission & History
To promote the responsible use of plant protection and nutrient products in Florida.
From its roots as a research organization, the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association has branched out to represent its fertilizer, limestone, crop protection, and ag biotech member companies professionally in the legislative, regulatory and public opinion arenas.
To fill a research void, the state’s 11 leading fertilizer manufacturers came together in late 1932 to form the Florida Agricultural Research Institute. Pesticide companies joined the Winter Haven-based association in 1936. The purpose of the Institute was “to obtain, develop, compile and publish scientific and practical information regarding all forms of plant foods, their application to crops of all kinds, cultural practices and everything pertaining to good husbandry, to the end that better crops can be raised with greater economy to the grower, and that plant foods may be used with greater intelligence.”
As the years passed, the association’s focus shifted from conducting its own research on Florida commodities to securing support for state research through increased state and federal appropriations and corporate contributions.
For the last 78 years—through the aftermath of the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, the Cold War, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001, and all the ups and downs of the economy—FFAA has worked on issues such as fertilizer research, promoting Best Management Practices, and lobbying for science-based fertilizer and agrichemical regulations. These efforts are designed to promote food security and ensure U.S. consumers continue to reap the benefits of agriculture: safe, affordable and abundant food and Florida production of biofuel, fiber and foliage.
Today the association represents the fertilizer, limestone, agrichemical and ag biotech manufacturers, dealers and distributors doing business in Florida.
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board - John Baxter
Vice Chairman - Charles Lanfier
Secretary/Treasurer - Lat Varn
Jim Faircloth, Syngenta
Charles Lanfier, BRANDT
Mike Roberts, Griffin Fertilizer
Keith Shaw, Mayo Fertilizer
Brent Sutton, Growers Fertilizer Corporation
John Baxter, Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC
Justin Bunch. Crop Production Services
Roy Morris, Bayer CropScience
Brian Patterson, Florikan E.S.A.
Gaylon Pfeiffer, BASF
Lat Varn, American Fertilizer Exchange
Mike Barry, TradeMark Nitrogen Corp.
David Carson, Chemical Dynamics, Inc.
Keith Davis, Florida Fertilizer Company
Joe Hodges, Wedgworth's, Inc.
Mike Hudson, Diamond R Fertilizer Co., Inc.
As President of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association, Mary Hartney is dedicated to fulfilling FFAA’s mission: To promote the responsible use of plant protection and nutrient products in Florida.
Hartney represents the interests of FFAA members in Tallahassee by working with legislators, state regulatory agencies, grower groups and allies on science-based ag and environmental policies. FFAA also administers the Florida Certified Crop Advisers program to promote professionalism in Florida fields.
Mary joined FFAA in 1998. Her expertise in public affairs and communications was honed in former leadership positions with Polk County Farm Bureau, Florida Citrus Mutual and The Lakeland Ledger. She’s a University of Notre Dame graduate (Go Irish!) and her Masters is from the University of South Florida.
Amy Pappas is the Executive Assistant at the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association. Her work involves planning and executing FFAA’s Annual Meeting, Winter Business Meeting, Scholarship Golf Tournament and Scholarship Sporting Clays Tournament, board and committee meetings and other special events. She manages the FFAA membership database, all financials for FFAA and the FFAA Scholarship Fund and is responsible for the day-to-day association operations.
Amy joined FFAA in 1998. Prior to her current position at FFAA, Amy served as the Executive Assistant to the North America Sales Director for Griffin Corporation in Valdosta, Georgia.