I4GovCon 17 - The Agriculture Industry

April 2, 2016

Agriculture is a major industry in the state of Florida and Hillsborough County and the extent of the growth and employment opportunities in this industry are something we wanted to share. At the i4GovCon Summit Simon Bollin talked about the opportunities. This information is valuable so we invited him to tell us all about these opportunities.


Pete and Simon discuss Hillsborough County's agriculture programs for veterans and how continuing growth means lots of jobs 

  • Hillsborough County Veterans in Agriculture Program, introducing veterans to career opportunities in agriculture
  • HCC Veteran Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Florida
  • Unmanned EarthSystems Certificate
  • UF Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Hops research project
  • AgFreeze, veteran owned business food processing business going in Plant City




Simon Bollin is the Agribusiness Development Manager for Hillsborough County Economic Development Department. The primary focus areas for this position is exploring ways to grow jobs and capital investment and ensure that the County’s policies are supportive of agricultural interests.  In addition, Simon provides technical support to the Agriculture Economic Development Council as well as information gained from the Council to support the best interests of the agribusiness community.

Simon grew up on a grain and cattle farm along the Mississippi River in West Central Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Purdue University in 2001. He has studied at the Agriculture University in Cracow, Poland and has lived and worked in several countries overseas.

Simon has a strong background and has held various positions in the agriculture and environmental industries. Past positions include Assistant Farm Manager of Huber Ranch Sod Nursery, which afforded him the opportunity to be involved with the resodding of Solider Field.  His experience as a Certified Crop Adviser for 12 years and a professional agronomist throughout the Midwest and overseas brings experience in dealing with regulatory entities. Simon has been involved in permitting, land application and composting operations of numerous municipal, agricultural, and industrial programs throughout the Midwest and globally.


Outside of work Simon enjoys traveling the country to participate in high cetane motorsports to include diesel truck and motorcycle drag racing, offshore powerboat racing, and Indycar.

Simon can be reached at 813-276-2735 or bollins@hillsboroughcounty.org


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