Stephen Bedner was appointed the president of the Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) Board of Supervisors for 2019 by a unanimous vote of his fellow board members during the January 9, 2019 meeting.
President Bedner joined the board in October 2015. He represents Election Sub-district 2 which is generally located in the southwest portion of LWDD’s boundary. However, the constituents he represents include all landowners within the LWDD boundary.
“I am very pleased that Steve has accepted the position of president for the coming year. He is an experienced and highly knowledgeable farmer and businessman,” stated Board Supervisor John I. Whitworth, III.
Mr. Bedner is a South Florida native and 4th generation farmer. His family farm consists of growing bell peppers and cucumbers which are primarily distributed along the east coast. In 2010, the business diversified and opened the first farmer-owned and operated greenmarket in Palm Beach County. Given his agricultural history and business experience, Mr. Bedner is focused on finding innovative technology to enhance management operations in order to help protect water resources for future generations.
He is an active member of the Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Farm Credit, Bethesda Health and was appointed by former Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam to serve on the Fresh from Florida committee. His term as a member of the LWDD Board of Supervisors will expire in January 2020.