Continuing its investment in the future of agriculture, Syngenta Crop Protection, Syngenta Seed Care and ROGERS helped select Nakita Shim of the University of Florida as this year’s recipient of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s (FFVA) education scholarship. Shim, who is currently pursuing her degree in agricultural education, received the scholarship at the FFVA’s 66th Annual Convention in Palm Beach, Fla., on September 29. The scholarship recognizes students pursuing careers in agriculture who display a financial need. This is the sixth consecutive year Syngenta has sponsored the FFVA education scholarship.
“We congratulate Nakita on winning this prestigious scholarship and applaud her decision to pursue a career in agriculture,” said Meade McDonald, Florida/Puerto Rico district manager for Syngenta. “I was especially impressed with Nakita’s track record of dedication to agriculture, desire to experience the unknown and willingness to work hard to achieve her educational goals. She truly stood out as a top candidate and is a great example of the type of individual Syngenta seeks to provide with financial assistance. We look forward to tracking Nakita’s long, exciting career in the field of agriculture,” added McDonald.
Shim is an active member of the University of Florida’s Collegiate FFA (CFFA) program and its professional agricultural sorority, Sigma Alpha. She is majoring in agricultural education and has a minor in horticultural science. Shim plans to follow these specialties to a career as an agricultural educator and serve as a FFA advisor to students sharing her enthusiasm for the field.
Scholarships are just one of the ways Syngenta invests in the future of agriculture. Since 1997, 84 students have participated in a Syngenta Crop Protection internship program in Florida. Participant responsibilities include scouting, soil sampling and collecting, analyzing and reporting on various citrus agricultural data.
Another way Syngenta contributes to the future of agriculture is through the research conducted at the Vero Beach Research Center. This Florida facility tests new and existing products to ensure their efficacy. This work helps contribute to the broad portfolio of top quality products Syngenta offers to Florida fruit and vegetable growers, including FarMore Technology seed treatment, Durivo, Voliam Xpress and Agri-Mek insecticides, and Abound, Ridomil Gold and Revus Top fungicides.
“As a leader in the industry, Syngenta is committed to maintaining the viability of agriculture,” said McDonald. “By investing in dedicated students like Nakita, we can look forward to a strong agricultural community that will thrive for years to come.”
Source: Syngenta Press Release