Check Out Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Emerging Leader Development Program

Check Out Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s Emerging Leader Development Program

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) Emerging Leader Development Program, administered by the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation, was created for young people who are pursuing careers in agriculture and have the desire to broaden their understanding of the industry. Participants must be working in or pursuing a career in Florida’s specialty crop industry.

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The Emerging Leader Development Program creates leaders who are prepared with a depth of knowledge of issues facing agriculture. Graduates are equipped with the education and tools to improve the sustainability and economic viability of specialty crop agriculture. Program involvement also strengthens grassroots engagement in FFVA and other industry organizations.

How To Apply: Individuals ages 25 to 40 may apply, however all who apply have to have support from their employer, says Lisa Lockridge, Director of Public Affairs for Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. A class of up to 12 members will be selected for the one-year program. Nominations are due May 1.

What You’ll Do: Participants meet with legislators in Tallahassee, learn about FFVA’s mission and leadership on issues, visit venues to study environmental and natural resource issues, and tour specialty crop production areas.

Who To Contact: If you have any questions about the program or if you are interested in contributing please contact Sonia Tighe, Executive Director, Florida Specialty Crop Foundation; Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, at [email protected] or 813-975-8377.