Conner, Longtime State Agriculture Commissioner, Dies at 83

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- December 16, 2012

Longtime Florida agriculture commissioner Doyle Conner has died at age 83.

Conner died Sunday morning at the Cross Landing Nursing Home in Monticello. The Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee said it had received his body and was handling funeral arrangements.

Conner would have been 84 on Monday.

Conner was the youngest House speaker in Florida history when he was elected agriculture commissioner in 1960.

Florida's agriculture sales increased from $900 million to $6.2 billion by the time he left the post in January 1991. Hog cholera was eradicated during the same period and Florida developed a method for detecting the Mediterranean fruit fly that became the worldwide standard.

Conner also created the Office of Consumer Services, now an official part of the agency formally known as the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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