Dalton Yancey, former chief executive officer of the Florida Sugarcane League, is the 2012 Sugar Man of the Year.
Yancey, a respected leader in the sugar industry, received the coveted Dyer Memorial Award at a presentation in New York City on May 16.
Yancey played a major role in the development of the nation's sugar policy and also represented sugarcane producers in Hawaii and Texas.
As the three-time chairman of the American Sugar Alliance, which represents all of the nation's sugarbeet and sugarcane growers, processors and refiners, Yancey helped coordinate the industry's efforts on the legislative front. He also represented the sugar industry in the development of a number of international trade agreements.
Yancey was born in Lakeland, Fla., and raised on a third-generation citrus farm. He received a degree from the University of Florida and served as an Army officer in Vietnam.
Yancey is the 55th recipient of the Dyer award that is sponsored by the Sugar Club, an international sugar forum.