Alico, Inc. in July entered into a long-term agreement to provide citrus grove management services, including harvest and haul responsibilities, to Barron Collier Companies. Alico also announced the additions of Kate English and Adam Putnam to its board of directors.
Alico will manage citrus operations for approximately 7,000 acres of Barron Collier groves in Collier and Hendry counties, in exchange for a per acre management fee after being reimbursed for all of its costs incurred.
“This multi-year partnership allows Alico to leverage its existing grove management expertise,” said company President and CEO John Kiernan. “We currently own, operate and manage more than 31,000 net citrus acres, and by adding approximately 7,000 Barron Collier net citrus acres to our platform, it will enable Alico to continue to improve its economies of scale.”
Kiernan said the company was able to add the majority of the Barron Collier citrus team members to the Alico team. “We believe that our combined best practices will improve all of our groves,” he said. Kiernan added that the company “will continue to pursue similar citrus grove management opportunities over the next year.”
Regarding the additions of English and Putnam to the board of directors, Kiernan said “both bring firsthand knowledge of citrus, cattle and recreational hunting operations to the Alico team. They are exceptional professionals within their respective fields, and we look forward to their contributions to support the company’s strategies and growth.”
English is a partner at Pavese Law Firm, and her practice concentrates on environmental and land use law, with an emphasis on seeking and maintaining entitlements for larger properties.
Putnam is the chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife. Putnam served as Florida’s commissioner of agriculture from 2011 to 2019 and was a congressman for five terms.
Source: Alico, Inc.
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